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Cebu ties up with SEEDS

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The Cebu provincial government is teaming up with a Japan-based non-government organization to promote disaster risk reduction and management in 10 school divisions in the province.

Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III and SEEDS Asia Philippine country representative Yo Kunieda signed the memorandum of understanding last Oct. 8 in Cebu.

“(The project’s) long-term goal is to increase the capacity of schools on disaster risk reduction and management to ensure the learner’s safety,” the provincial government said ().

It noted SEEDS Asia aims to improve the environment and strengthen communities facing natural disasters (https://www.cebu.gov.ph/news/capitol-partners-with-japan-based-ngo-to-promote-disaster-readiness-in-schools/).

SEEDS Asia also seeks to ensure sustainable development and security of people and the communities in the Asia-Pacific.

Witnessing the signing were Cebu Provincial DDRRM Officer Baltazar Tribunalo Jr. and SEEDS Asia local project manager Rosilyn Sanchez.

Under the MOU, SEEDS Asia and the Cebu provincial government will “provide support for the establishment of mutual collaborative relationship” towards the “shared goal of strengthened disaster risk reduction, preparedness, response and recovery/rehabilitation of selected pilot schools within Cebu Province.”

SEEDS Asia is to provide-capacity building activities for the Department of Education DRRM coordinators and DepEd 7, specifically to the 10 school divisions.

The school divisions are in the cities of Cebu, Bogo, Danao, Carcar, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Naga, Talisay and Toledo and Cebu Province.

PDRRM Office assistant head Jenefer “Totch” Dela Cruz said each school will formulate its own customized operations manual on disaster response.

Also, the Cebu provincial government will provide technical assistance to SEEDS Asia and to the project.