By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
Education Secretary Leonor Briones has ordered the formation of the disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) team in the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office in Pasig City.
Issuing DepEd Order No. 44 series of 2018, Briones laid out the policy which focuses on the roles and functions of the Central Office “before, during and after the onslaught of hazards for the purpose of ensuring learning continuity.”
Briones added that the policy aims to “mainstream DRRM in the system, processes, and policies of the Department to reinforce the achievement of DepEd education outcomes, particularly to ensure learning continuity and other services even in the midst of disasters and emergencies.”
Specifically, Briones noted that the policy intends to set the roles and functions of DepEd CO in the prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
It also aims to “ensure coordinated and timely response and recover interventions,” and “establish systems and mechanisms for data and information management and sharing among DepEd offices concerned.”