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Typhoons Sendong, Ondoy and Pedring left a string of hundreds of devastated schools in our country. Classrooms torn apart, desks and arm chairs strewn all over, books ripped in pieces, muddied backyards are just a few of the ghastly sights that we witnessed as calamity after calamity hit our country in 2011.

Schools affected, more recently by Typhoon Sendong, have been so badly hit that majority of the classrooms were declared condemned or put at high risk for the school children to occupy. Even after we have put the last upturned desk on its upright position, we all know that the road to recovery is a slow and painful process. In the midst of this destruction, how ready, then, are our schools, teachers, principals, even students to withstand the effects and after-effects of these calamities? What programs do our three education agencies have that will enable schools in all levels to manage efficiently all disaster response activities? Are these programs effectively integrated in the curricula?

To gain answers and create awareness on the above issues, the Coalition for Better Education (CBE), in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd-7), will be holding the “Kapihan sa CBE” on January 25, 2012, Wednesday, 10:00 A.M, at the Center for Teacher Excellence (CefTEX), Cebu Normal University (CNU) Campus, Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City. Resource persons from the DepEd and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) have been invited to talk about current school-based DRR programs and lessons learned from disaster response and relief efforts, respectively.

For confirmation and/or more details about the Kapihan, you may call CBE at Tel. Nos. (032) 416-4625 to 26 and look for Ency Encinares or send email at

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