Friday, May 29, 2020

Launching of Educational Materials on Indigenous Knowledge on Early Warning to Reduce Disaster Risk

(Wednesday22nd day of May 2019)


Iligan City – The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (ICDRRMO), City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD), Department of Education (DepEd), the City Mayor’s Office, the Office of the Maranao, Higaonon & Other Cultural Communities (OMaHCC) and the Iligan City Cultural Affairs Office had a formal launching of materials on Indigenous Knowledge (IK) on early warning system on May 7 at the Ethnic Center at Buhanginan Hills, Iligan City Hall Complex, Palao, this city.

Natural disasters like tsunamis, storm surges, floods and earthquakes, wreak havoc frequently on different areas of the world, laid waste to thousands of lives and inflicted billions of economic losses due mostly to the lack of awareness and inadequate forewarning system. Thus we should include comprehensively IK in the warning system. We must utilize these disasters as laboratories for understanding the physical and social factors governing the disaster itself, hence, to lessen casualty and unnecessary damages.

There were live demonstrations during the event and informative materials were presented as well. These materials were in the form of songs, games, poems, rhymes and comics produced by Success Initiatives from a fund grant of Tuklas Innovation Labs which is a consortium of international and national NGO’s. Playing of educational and informative materials on screen were also shown by Kapagintaw Band and songs about the environment such as Tilimad-on sa Panahon, Langgam Balinsasayaw, Hulmigas, Langgam ug Ilaga and Hibalo Sila with audience participation, caught the attention of the attendees. Aside from giving additional knowledge to everyone, the show provided entertainment.

The said activity aims to reduce disaster risk from natural disasters and can be used to enhance the effectiveness of hazard and risk assessments, awareness and education, preparedness, prediction and warning, and mitigation. Their ultimate goal after all is to disseminate indigenous knowledge on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM).

What is TUKLAS Innovation Labs?

TUKLAS Innovation Labs is implemented by a consortium of four non-government organizations—Plan International, Action Against Hunger, CARE Philippines, and the Citizen’s Disaster Response Center. It is part of the Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Program (DEPP) Innovation Labs, a global network of labs funded by UK aid, and co-managed by Start and CDAC Networks.