Proposed safety curriculum for schools still has long way to go

The proposed safety curriculum ordinance requiring all primary and secondary schools in Davao City to include traffic regulations and public safety in their lessons has yet to be taken up to the plenary for deliberation.

Councilor Ma. Belen Acosta, chair of the peace and public safety committee, said during the Pulong-Pulong in Pulong program on Tuesday that they had a second committee hearing on the proposal where they invited the regional director of the Department of Education, the schools division superintendent, and other stakeholders.

The DepEd in Davao City is in the process of preparing the safety modules for the primary and secondary schools.

Last Aug. 23 to 25, a three-day seminar and writeshop was conducted with the writers and illustrators to formulate the contents of the safety modules. Representatives from the Davao City Police Office, Land Transportation Office XI, and the Public Security and Safety Command Center (PSSCC) were present in the activity.

The aim of the safety curriculum is to “protect the children through teaching them basic safety measures and survival tips.”

Acosta said that the proposal has a long way to go.

“It will depend on the process for it to be published and implemented,” she said. “It still has to go for a 2nd reading and 3rd reading,” Acosta added.

The proposed ordinance is a national curriculum contextualized for Davao City. It does not only focus on the basic know-how of traffic rules among students but also to the overall safety of the public.
“At a young age, children should already know where to go in times of earthquake, where to go when there’s tsunami,” said Acosta.

In the curriculum, children will learn emergency contact information and the specific spots in Davao City for evacuation in times of calamities. School teachers will undergo basic training for the proper implementation of the ordinance. The school can also invite personnel from PSSCC and Bureau of Fire Protection XI to impart direct teachings to the students. (Regina Mae Ronquillo)