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Rescue 5’s Disaster Preparedness Program Endorsed by Various Government Agencies

Rescue 5, the premiere public service team of TV5, has partnered with various government agencies to strengthen its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) initiatives.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Department of Education (DepEd) have reviewed and given Rescue 5’s activity book on disaster preparedness their seals of approval.

NDRRMC Executive Director Alexander Pama with Rescue 5 Host Renz Ongkiko and TV5 Public Service Head Sherryl Yao

NDRRMC Executive Director Alexander Pama with Rescue 5 Host Renz Ongkiko and TV5 Public Service Head Sherryl Yao

The team pioneered a fun, innovative and sustainable way of educating children how to protect themselves during floods, fires, earthquakes and storm surges by developing the Rescue 5 activity book.

“Although they are the most vulnerable during disasters, we believe children can be empowered and engaged to ensure their safety. By coloring and answering the activity book, kids are motivated to learn about disaster preparedness,” TV5 Public Service Sherryl Yao said.

PAGASA Acting Administrator Vicente Malano with TV5 Public Service Head Sherryl Yao and Rescue 5 Host Renz Ongkiko

PAGASA Acting Administrator Vicente Malano with TV5 Public Service Head Sherryl Yao and Rescue 5 Host Renz Ongkiko

The activity book which is written in different mother tongues such as Tagalog, Sinugbuanong Binisaya and Waray contains various interactive contents such as pictures to color, puzzles and mazes that make learning about disaster preparedness easy to understand and remember, and more enjoyable. It has also bagged several recognitions from the Philippine Quill Awards and Anvil Awards.

The activity book’s distribution is part of Rescue 5’s Oplan Handa sa Eskwela project. The team goes to public elementary schools especially in disaster-prone areas nationwide to conduct safety demos and hand out 72-hour survival kits (backpacks containing emergency devices and school supplies).

PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum, Jr. shakes hands with TV5 Public Service Head Sherryl Yao to seal partnership for Rescue 5 activity book.  Also in photo is Rescue 5 Host Renz Ongkiko.

PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum, Jr. shakes hands with TV5 Public Service Head Sherryl Yao to seal partnership for Rescue 5 activity book. Also in photo is Rescue 5 Host Renz Ongkiko.

Rescue 5 is the country’s trailblazer in cause journalism. It combines broadcast innovations and public service to deliver news that takes action.

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