Smart supports the Department of Education’s (DepEd) initiative to integrate disaster risk reduction in the education curriculum by re-launching its Maging Laging Handa miniseries.
“Educating the young is a necessary step in building a disaster-resilient nation since children are among the most vulnerable when calamities. The Maging Laging Handa series is Smart’s contribution to helping ensure that children are included in the disaster preparedness exercise so they would know what to do in the event of a disaster, of any type and scale.”
– Darwin F. Flores, Smart VP for Community Partnerships
Reviewed and approved by the corresponding government agencies, materials also include a DepEd co-developed guide on how the videos can be integrated into the curriculum.
Maging Laging Handa features Tonipet Gabba as an online instructor; three puppets namely Inay Lena, a mother hen; Brownie, a dog; and Kali, a carabao; and use all-original Tagalog songs aimed at making the learning journey richer and more exciting.
The episodes simplify disaster-related concepts such as typhoon signals, rainfall warning signals, and the differences between a storm surge and a tsunami.
Maging Laging Handa is among Smart’s free-to-download resources for teachers’ virtual class needs. Other supplementary teaching materials include the LearnSmart e-Storytelling series and the gardening web series Kalye Mabunga.
All video resources released by Smart are aligned with the DepEd’s Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELC). e-Storytelling episodes include Filipino sign language translation and in-depth analysis by a child psychologist at the end of each story. Content is mostly in the mother tongue.
Here are links to access and download Maging Laging Handa, and Smart’s other free video resources
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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.