On 28-29 May 2018, in Manila, Philippines, SEAMEO Secretariat in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) Philippines and SEAMEO INNOTECH held the Regional Workshop on Education in Emergencies (EIE) and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM).

Nine SEAMEO Member Countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Laste actively participated in the workshop to share and exchange the in-depth knowledge and experiences in EIE and DRRM. Based on the lessons learned of each country, the development of the SEAMEO Plan of Action for EIE and DRRM has also been discussed and consolidated to promote the SEAMEO Agenda Priority Number 3 “Resiliency in the face of emergencies” at the workshop.

The workshop was opened with the Remarks of Dr Jesus Lorenzo Mateo, Undersecretary, DepEd and the robust speakers including Dr Sandra Sanchez Montano, Founder, Community Health Education Emergency Rescue Services, Philippines; Ms Neyzielle Ronnicque Cadiz, Information Officer III, UP Resilience Institute and Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Centre; and Ms Lauren Nerisse S Bautista, Specialist, Educational Innovations Unit, SEAMEO INNOTECH.

Another highlight of EIE and DRRM workshop was the visit to the Melencio M Castelo Elementary School in Quezon City where the SEAMEO Member Countries’ representatives partook in the SDRRM drill prepared by the school and its community as a part of the activities of “Community Contribution for School Day”.

2018 Brigada Eskwela has been promoted in the Philippines to assist in the important and beneficial of schools. It is the National Schools Maintenance Week, that aims to bring together all education stakeholders to participate and contribute their time, effort, and resources to prepare public school facilities for the opening of the school year in June. The delegates were able to share their helping hand in the 2018 Brigada Eskwela.