The City Government of Makati, through Mayor Abigail Binay, has distributed a total of 38,929 individually-packed Emergency Go Bags for students of 13 public high schools in the city.
The mayor said the city government has provided the emergency kits (Go Bag 2) for free for the use of all public high school students in Makati, as part of its continuing efforts to build disaster resilient and sustainable communities.
“We want our youth to learn the importance of self-help and preparedness. Through this project, we are able to inculcate a culture of preparedness among young Makatizens,” Binay said.
Binay said that helping schoolchildren adopt disaster readiness as a mindset and way of life will make them much less vulnerable to the impact of any untoward incident. It will also enable them to influence their parents and other members of the family, she added.
“Resilience must be inclusive and should be pursued through the collective effort of all our stakeholders. We hope that providing our students with individually-packed go bags will motivate their parents to prepare their own go bags for the entire household,” said.
Individually-packed go bags have been distributed to 38,929 Junior High School and Senior High School students, including 6,566 Higher School ng UMak (HSU) students.
A “go bag” is a portable survival kit recommended by emergency response experts for every household or facility.
It is meant to help an individual (Go Bag 2) or a family (Go Bag 1) survive, at least in the next 72 hours after a disaster, and contains essential needs such as food and drinking water, hygiene kit, first aid kit, flashlight, and other handy materials.
The city government through the Makati Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office started distributing the life-saving kits during the first quarter of 2018, benefiting various public elementary and high schools, city hall employees, and residents living along the five barangays transected by the West Valley Fault.
This year, the city will widen the reach of its Go Bags to include all public elementary and high school students. Eventually, the goal is to provide one Go Bag 2 to each of the 90,000 public school students of Makati.
The turnover ceremony of Go Bags for public high school students was held last March 7 at the 13 public high schools of Makati. In District 1 they are Bangkal High School, San Isidro National High School, San Antonio National High School, Maximo Estrella High School, Gen. Pio Del Pilar National High School, Makati High School. District 2 has Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino High School, Tibagan High School, Fort Bonifacio High School, Higher School ng UMak, Makati Science High School, and Pitogo High School.
Previously, a total of 1,600 large go bags (Go Bag 1) were distributed to 21 elementary schools, six high schools, 31 barangays, various City Hall offices, and 553 families residing near the West Valley Fault Line.
Go Bag 1 contains a total of 91 items which include a hygiene kit and various tools for light and communication, first aid, and protection, as well as emergency tools.
Meanwhile, 10,646 individually-packed go bags were distributed to public school children, including 3,891 bags for day care pupils and 557 bags for Special Education (Sped) learners.
Each of the bags contains 14 items including food bars, emergency stick (glow-in-the-dark), thermal blanket and N95 respiratory mask for kids.