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In the face of calamities, the Department of Education strengthens its digital initiatives for children.

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) announced the introduction of three digital applications on Monday that would aid in the gathering and analysis of data and information in the event of a disaster.

The DepEd Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, in collaboration with private stakeholders such as Save The Children and Prudence Foundation, launched updated disaster management apps in a hybrid conference on Monday.

The introduction, according to Dr. Abraham Abanil of the DepEd Information and Communications Technology Service (ICTS), has been long overdue, as its function is critical in light of the country’s natural calamities.

“The system’s introduction comes at an ideal time, as we approach the end of the pandemic and the resumption to face-to-face classes. This strategy will make it easier to respond to future disasters, as well as better prepare our schools to lessen the repercussions and impact of this disaster “he stated

The Radar app, the School Watching app, and the Comprehensive School Safety Monitoring App are the three, according to the DepEd Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS).

These should be used to promote efficient data gathering and interpretation from schools and learners all the way up to divisions, regionals, and the central office, according to the DRRMS.

“Kailangan pa nating i-strengthen ang kakayahang ito hindi lang dahil sa gina-generate nating data, but more so the analysis that we have, doon sa mga data at information na ating nakakalap (We need to strengthen this, not just because we need to generate data, but more so the analysis that we have, doon sa mga data at information

The Radar app isn’t new, according to Co, but they’ve added a few new questions for post-disaster reporting, as well as other changes to make data consolidation easier.

“Within 72 hours of a disaster, the schools report directly to the central office, through the Radar, SMS po’yan noon, kaya agad po tayong (that’s why we can immediately) nakaka-decide, ilang (several) temporary learning spaces, cleanup funds, teachers kits, learners kits, o kaya psychosocial interventions, emergency school feeding,” she said.

Aside from damage reports on infrastructure and non-infrastructure school properties, the Department of Education has launched the Comprehensive School Safety Monitoring app, which provides analytics on school, division, and regional safety protocols. “Mapping school plans” is another function of the program.

In the meantime, Co stated that the DepEd aims to improve learners’ participation through the usage of the School Watch app, which was launched in 2015.

Learners may, however, have the ability to participate in assessing dangers and risks through the application this time.

“Bilang bahagi ng ating pagsulong ng children’s rights, ‘yung participation, ine-elevate natin, not only as a matter of consultation sa mga bata, (As part of our efforts to advance children’s rights, their participation is being elevated, not only as a matter of consultation with children), but rather as a matter of co-leading ng programs, and we want to further elevate that the children will lead projects and

The DepEd DRRMS believed in the department’s vital role in assisting in the effective flow of catastrophe updates through these applications.

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