Capping off TPB’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in 2019 is a program on disaster risk management in partnership with YesPinoy Foundation Inc., an organization focused on youth empowerment.
TPB and YesPinoy volunteers headed to Cubao Elementary School and Tomas Morato Elementary School last 5 December 2019 and 24 January 2020 respectively to teach lessons on saving lives during calamities and conduct fun activities that highlight the importance of environmental conservation to curb climate change.
The program is part of YesPinoy’s “I am Super Campaign,” which aims to empower children and community members to be disaster resilient. A total of 200 students from grades four to six from the said schools benefited from the initiative that included the distribution of emergency kits containing a thermal blanket, flashlight, whistle and other vital items needed in times of disaster.
With climate change issues escalating worldwide, the TPB believes that educating the youth about its impact is a crucial step towards its mitigation. But beyond awareness, the agency underscores the importance of disaster preparedness and response given Mother Nature’s unpredictability.
“With all the climate change-induced hazards our country is experiencing, it is highly important that all citizens, including the youth, are aware of the standard procedures that they should do before, during, and after a disaster,” said Mariel Dimaano, TPB’s Planning Officer II and Project Officer of the CSR program.
Since 2017, TPB has been partnering with NGOs with core advocacies similar to the agency’s four CSR pillars: (1) environmental conservation, (2) culture and heritage preservation, (3) community assistance and (4) education.
To date, TPB has already planted a total of 2,500 native trees in Southern Luzon, assisted in the building of Isneg houses to help preserve its culture, distributed educational materials to underprivileged children in Tarlac, and educated the youth through the Biodiversity on Wheels (BOW) Program.