DOST Trained Youths—Catalysts for Disaster Management

The Work Risk Index reports that the Philippines ranks third in the list of countries in the world to be most vulnerable to disasters. Located near the equator next to the Pacific Ocean where storms in the region form, the Philippines is especially prone to typhoons. Its location also leaves it at the mercy of frequently harsh storms brought about by seasonal monsoon winds. It’s also close to the infamous “ring of fire”, an area known for its active tectonic plate movements, making earthquakes occur frequently.
Natural disasters contribute to damages worth millions of pesos every year, including the loss of life and destruction of property. Poverty-stricken and inaccessible areas in the Philippines where training for disaster risk reduction and mitigation are insufficient have become vulnerable to the loss of life during natural disasters. This inconvenience is not an issue though for the Department of Science and Technology Caraga determined to provide aid in the form disaster risk reduction and management capacity building trainings to the people, especially to one of the most vulnerable sectors in the community—the children.
On May 29-30, 2017, the DOST held a training program for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for children in the Siargao Islands in order to help them understand the negative effects of climate change, along with the natural disasters they bring about, and the measures they can take to protect themselves and others from it. By facilitating this training program, DOST have added a wealth of information on natural disasters to the youth and their already expanding understanding of the subject. Preventive measures to climate change as well as the necessary steps to follow before, during, and after the occurrence of various natural disasters were introduced.
The youth, as they say, are the key to a prosperous and peaceful future. By teaching them the knowledge necessary to prevent the destruction of life brought about by natural disasters and climate change, they can become the catalyst for positive change and one day help prevent further death and destruction, not just in a local setting but globally as well. It is through developing their awareness, knowledge and attitude on disasters that make the differences in the long run.