July 21, 2024

Two members of the city council proposed an ordinance promoting public safety education and awareness among elementary, junior high school, senior high school, vocational and college students in the city.
Councilors Francisco Roberto Ortega VI and Maria Mylen Victoria G. Yaranon said the measure will make it a policy of the city government to involve all its citizens, including the youth, in the promotion of safety and security, which are prerequisites for the development of the community in keeping the obligations of responsible citizenship.
The ordinance added that there shall be a Public Safety Education and Awareness Program to be incorporated into the Department of Education, Technical Skills Development Authority, Commission on Higher Education curriculum standards for all public and private educational institutions within the city subject to guidelines set by the said agencies.
Among the strategies that will be adopted include the incorporation of public education and awareness among students from the elementary up to the college levels and educating the students on crime prevention, emergency and other public safety undertakings.
The proposed ordinance provides that the DepEd, Tesda and CHED shall incorporate in their curriculum standards of all public and private schools and educational institutions within the city the subject Public Safety Education and Awareness and establish an evaluation mechanism on the effects and results of the said program.
It provides that the progressive development of the public safety education and awareness program shall include the intervention of non-government organizations (NGOs) or private sector of various community or sectoral groups.
The ordinance tasked the DepEd, Tesda, and CHED, in coordination with the Office of the City Mayor, to craft the implementing rules and regulations of the proposed measure 60 days after its approval. – PIO release