Salceda makes strides for mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation across K to 12
LEGAZPI CITY – Philippine Green Economist, Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Sarte Salceda is pushing ahead the integration of Climate Change Adaptation/Disaster Risk & Vulnerability Reduction (CCA/DRVR) into the K to 12 curriculum.
Salceda, being the United Nations First Senior Global Champion for CCA/DRVR said that the Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) headed by Executive Director Nong C. Rangasa is now ready to roll-out the learning materials to be used by students all over the country.
Salceda said the project is in response to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s commitment to the Paris Agreement for CCA, the Sendai Framework for DRVR and the Sustainable Development Goals to saturate all sectors of society including the curriculum, with knowledge and action for CCA/DRVR.
The LCCAD), together with Albay 2nd Congressional District Office headed by Salceda, the Department of Education (DepEd) Region V, has already finalized the K to 12 Learning Materials.
As of press time, the Learning Materials (LMs) are being prepared for distribution after having been approved upon presentation to other stakeholders in Metro Manila for roll out this year. The LMs were presented to Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte since it is his vision to adapt to climate change through education.
“The Learning Materials on CCA and DRVR is vertically and horizontally aligned with the K to 12 curriculum”, Rangasa stated. He added that both CCA and DRVR are converged in the learning materials from Grades 2 to 11.
In February, this year, Duterte congratulated the LCCAD, Rep Joey Salceda on the publication of the Learning Materials. “The change in the Philippine education system translates to the need for mastery of new learning materials that will provide teachers and students with basic academic skills….knowledge of the various issues related to sustainable environment ensures a better future for succeeding generations,” Duterte said in a congratulatory message.
Likewise, Senate Climate Change Committee chair and UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Global Champion for Resilience Loren Legarda said in a message “We have a chance to avert a greater crisis if we take action today and in taking action, it has to be the whole of society. The youth is the future of our nation and we must involve them not only in development pursuits but more importantly in contributing to our duty as stewards of the earth.”
Quality Assurance and Finalization:
In September last year, the three agencies hosted the Quality Assurance and Finalization of the learning materials at Hotel Villa Angelina, Legazpi City, Albay.
During the workshop, Project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Director Mahar A. Lagmay gave a lecture on probabilistic hazard mapping and disaster science to the invited teachers from the DepEd divisions of Albay, Ligao City, Legazpi City and Tabaco City. He added that the Philippines needs to understand and use the probabilistic hazard mapping in order to adapt to climate change and attain zero casualty during disasters.
The learning materials were also checked and assured of quality by the DepEd Albay Division as the office’s education program supervisors were present and led by Chief CID Sancita B. Peñarubia. She was thankful for the opportunity given by LCCAD to be the pioneers of change in the integration of CCA and DRVR learning in the K to 12 education curriculum.
The subjects wherein CCA and DRVR were integrated are: Science, Math, English, Filipino and Araling Panlipunan.
Other project stakeholders are the House of Representatives Special Committee on Climate Change, Office of the Albay 2nd District Representative and Senior Global Champion on Climate Change Joey S. Salceda, Office of Albay 3rd District Representative Fernando V. Gonzalez, Local Government Unit of Legazpi City and Mayor Noel E. Rosal, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region V, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ako Bicol Partylist. (Rey Nasol/GANaz/LCCAD)