By Chito Chavez
In a bid to strengthen public safety emergency awareness, the Quezon City government has released the “Handa Ako” (I am Ready) book which hopes to further bolster and enhance disaster preparedness in the city.
“Handa Ako” is a primer on disaster awareness and preparedness for children written by Liwliwa Malabed and published by Adarna House.
The book features basic and easy to understand information with colorful illustrations by Mia Lagos.
“This is good. I will give this immediately to my son because he’s always asking me on what to do in times of disaster,” incoming Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
Over 15,000 copies of “Handa Ako” will be distributed to the Social Services and Development Department (SSDD) for the daycare centers, Quezon City Public Library and the city’s public elementary and secondary schools.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista handed over copies of “Handa Ako” to Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones during the recent inauguration of the classrooms at Flora A. Ylagan High School.
“Whether natural or man-made disasters, having pamphlets or books to read is really important for students. They can bring the book home, but as much as possible after they use it, students should leave it for other kids to read,” Bautista said.
Bautista said, “Handa Ako” is a project of the Quezon City Public Affairs and Information Services Department (PAISD) in cooperation with the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (QC DRRMO).
Belmonte and vice mayor-elect Gian Sotto led other officials in the recent book launching at the Quezon City Hall.