Relative to Republic Act (RA) No 10121 entitled The Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, which mandates all national government agencies to institutionalize policies, structures, coordination mechanisms, and programs with continuing budget appropriation, and DepEd Order No. 21, series of 2015 entitled Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Coordination and Information Management Protocol, which provides guidelines on the roles, responsibilities, and basis for response and information processes of Regional, Division and School DRRM.
To ensure continuity of implementation in managing disaster risk reduction procedures and protocols in the schools and districts by strengthening the culture of safety, a recommendation letter for all School and District DRRM Coordinators shall be issued by their school heads and public schools district supervisors (PSDS) respectively.
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DepEd DRRM Coordinators Qualifications
Qualifications of DRRM Coordinators for recommendation are as follows:
School DRRM Coordinator
- Must at least three (3) years of service in DepEd.
District DRRM Coordinator
- Must be an appointed School DRRM Coordinator for SY 2021-22.
- Served previously as School DRRM Coordinator for at least one (1) year.
DepEd School DRRM Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities
- Acknowledge receipt of advisories and reminders from the SDS and/or the Division DRRM Coordinator, and the local DRRMC;
- Ensure the establishment of an Early Warning System (i.e. bulletin board for weather advisories, bell/siren emergency signal and the like);
- Conduct an annual student-led risk identification and mapping within and around the school premises to ensure a safe environment that is conducive to teaching and learning (DepEd Order 23, S. 2015);
- Maintain close coordination with local DRRM Council on the conduct of preparedness activities and on response needs, among others;
- Provide capacity building activities for teachers, non-teaching staff and learners on DRRM;
- Maintain, disseminate, and post relevant and updated emergency hotlines in strategic locations throughout the school;
- Post safety and preparedness measures and evacuation plans;
- Conduct disaster preparedness measures, including but not limited to quarterly multi-hazard drills applicable to the school’s identified hazard such as earthquake, fire and flood;
- Maintain the safekeeping of vital school records and learning materials;
- Organize school DRRM team to support the implementation of preparedness and response measures;
- Ensure the availability of updated baseline education data of the school;
- Integrate DRRM in regular school programs and activities and school improvement plan (SlP);
- Pre-identify possible Temporary Learning Spaces (TLS) and alternative delivery modes of education;
- Monitor the effects of hazards, including the use of the school as evacuation center;
- Track all school personnel during disasters and/or emergencies;
- Prepare and submit reports on the effects of any hazard;
- Ensure implementation of DepEd Order No. 43, s. 2412 or the “Guidelines on the implementation of Executive Order No. 66 s.2012 (Prescribing Rules on the Cancellation o or Suspension of Classes and Work in Government Offices Due to Typhoons, Flooding, Other Weather Disturbances, and Calamities)”;
- Conduct rapid assessment of damages after every hazard and submit RADaR within 72 hours via SMS and/or Online Application,
- Facilitate immediate resumption of classes to track learners;
- Monitor recovery and rehabilitation interventions being implemented in the school.
His/Her appointment as School DRRM Coordinators is in addition to the duties and responsibilities of his/her present position, shall not entail additional compensation, and shall be valid until superseded by a new appointment.
DepEd District DRRM Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities
- Acknowledge receipt of advisories and reminders from the SDS and/or the Division DRRM Coordinator, and the Municipal DRRMC;
- Monitor and report the conduct of multi-hazard drills and other disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness activities in the district;
- Monitor and consolidate reports on the conduct of annual student-led school watching and hazard mapping in the district;
- Communicate notable results of risk assessment and other disaster preparedness to the Schools Division Office (SDO);
- Serve as the point person of the district for collaboration and coordination with municipal DRRM council and other partner organizations;
- Ensure the emergency hotlines are maintained, updated and posted in schools;
- Ensure the availability of baseline data of the district;
- Spearhead relevant and necessary capacity building activities for the district;
- Report to the SDO any hazard affecting the district operations such as flood, conflict, fire, typhoon, earthquake, tsunami, among others;
- Submit situation reports and provide real-time updates to the SDO;
- Facilitate the submission of Rapid Assessment of Damages Report (RADaR) by the schools in the district within 72 hours after any hazard or emergency;
- Track and report the progress of recovery and rehabilitation initiatives to the SDO;
- Report and update the SDO on the utilization and demobilization of evacuation centers in schools; and
- Perform as District DRRM Coordinator concurrent to official duties.
His/Her appointment as District DRRM Coordinators is in addition to the duties and responsibilities of his/her present position, shall not entail additional compensation, and shall be valid until superseded by a new appointment.