By Charmaine V. Villamil,
June 4, 2011
S&T Media Service, Phivolcs
In a bid to educate Pinoy schoolchildren on earthquake preparedness, the Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-Phivolcs) gave copies of informative flashcards to the Department of Education
Colorful and simply illustrated, the story flashcards are designed to be used as teaching tools for children, including those h e a r i n g -i m p a i r e d , on how to protect themselves during strong earthquake. The flash cards come in three
editions, namely Ahh Ngayon Alam ko na (16-page flashcards); Mga Dapat Gawin Kapag may Lindol (11-page flashcards with sign language); Talahuluganan ng Tsunami (Tsunami Glossary). Complementing the flash cards are “Tsunami Teacher” in DVD format and tsunami sticker.
“The story flashcards can be used by teachers. These are also interactive with students. The flash cards are effective visual aids that can also be used in barangays because even without electricity or PowerPoint, the people will understand them,” said Phivolcs Director Renato U. Solidum, Jr.
Phivolcs adapted and translated earthquake and tsunami information materials to Filipino under the Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness Tools and Materials Assessment Project implemented by UNESCO-Jakarta. The materials were likewise circulated through trainings conducted for teachers this year in various places such as Pagadian, Malabon and Navotas cities. In Navotas, daycare center workers and city and barangay officials were also given educational flash cards.