Building the Backbone of Disaster Preparedness Through Education

Today's front pages can attest to the fact that disasters are becoming more and more frequent. The roll call of disasters can range from super typhoons, terrorism, earthquakes, political unrest…all of which have taken place in the past years. 


As it stands, the typical programs for emergencies and disasters are almost always reactive-focused on addressing the destruction that disasters cause. While these are indeed important, the point is, the need to strengthen resilience against disasters is overlooked. 


"Fact is, the Philippines is a country that is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and is exposed to wider emergency. To invest in an educational platform that will help reduce its susceptibility to such issues makes both ethical and strategic sense," says Vanessa Tanco, President and CEO of iACADEMY. 


This new approach is now being tackled head on with programs that prepare for disasters, before they strike. The government is doing so with their most recent effort-a metro-wide earthquake drill, in the wake of the danger posed by a potential earthquake from the Valley Fault System (VFS), which runs through major cities in the metro. In addition to this is the introduction of more comprehensive educational programs designed specifically for disaster risk reduction for businesses, such as iACADEMY’s The Next_ School short course curriculum. 


The program begins with a resource and building audit and includes creating an incident command system that will be trained to respond to emergencies. Students are provided with a dedicated disaster preparedness and response manual and are given a training and simulation workshop. Education on disaster risk reduction can play a key role in building the resilience of organizations, preventing the next extreme weather event or force majeure from creating huge financial or structural impact, and more importantly, preventing the loss of life.


It is difficult to know when the next disaster will strike, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 




iACADEMY’s The NEXT_ School, formerly known as School of Continuing Education (iSCE), answers the demand for learning opportunities that go beyond the school setting. Our short courses are designed to aid in the growth and development of individuals as well as organizations, through various classes in the fields of Computing, Business, and Design. Our premier courses also include Six Sigma, PSE Securities Specialist and Disaster Risk Reduction.  

For questions and inquiries, please call (02) 8897777loc. 820-21 or visit

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