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DEPED Region V holds Citizenship Advancement Training
of Trainers in Public Safety
by Francisco B. Bulalacao, Jr.


         The Department of Education Regional Office No. 5 conducted the Citizenship Advancement Training of Trainers in Public Safety at the RELC, Conference Hall, Rawis, Legazpi City on August 9-11, 2012.

         Participated in by the 13 CAT Division Coordinators and 26 selected CAT school facilitators of Region V, the training aimed at keeping the trainers aware of their contribution/participation in the preservation of lives and properties particularly in times of disasters; strengthen networking and linkages among peers and other stakeholders in the community; and engage teacher-advisers and other educational leaders in Disaster Risk Reduction Management through active implementation of the Citizenship Advance Training (CAT).

         Unlike the old Citizens Army Training curriculum which is more on military preparedness, the training emphasized public safety particularly on Disaster Risk Reduction Management, which is everybody‚Äôs primary concern nowadays. It is preparing our fourth year students to be ready to fight the perils of disaster instead of fighting insurgency or foreign aggression.

         Per DepED Order No. 50, s. 2005, the Citizenship Advancement Training curriculum has three strands, namely: Military orientation, Community Service and Public Safety, all of which aim to preserve life and properties. Military Orientation provides learning opportunities for the students to gain knowledge, skills and understanding of the rights and duties of citizenship and military orientation with focus on leadership, followership and personal discipline.

         Community Service refers to any activity that helps achieve the general welfare and the betterment of life of the members of the community, or enhancement of its facilities especially those devoted to improving health, education, safety, recreation and morale of the citizenry. Public Safety and Law Enforcement Service encompasses all programs and activities which are contributory to the maintenance of peace and order and public safety and observance of and compliance with law.

         The three-day training exposed the participants to Disaster preparedness and assistance particularly on fire safety and prevention, earthquake, tsunami, typhoon and flood, disaster preparedness program and disaster relief.

         To ensure the proper implementation of the CAT curriculum, school CAT facilitators prepared their respective action plan based on the CAT Program Competencies. The Division CAT Coordinators prepared a monitoring tool which they will use during their school visits, to be implemented this school year.

         With the recently concluded training, fourth year high school students in Region V will be guided accordingly of their roles as responsible citizens of the community. They are expected to be responsive and more prepared in times of calamities as well as in times of war or social unrest.

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