The College of Education (CED) of the University of the Philippines-Diliman partnered with the MSU-IIT CED for a seminar on Psychological Debriefing through Instruction (PDI) last February 25-27, 2012. Both universities are working to assist the educational needs of schools in Iligan City affected by Sendong.
The seminar tapped teachers of the Department of Education detailed in flood-affected schools; these mentors were joined by student teachers and faculty members of the MSU-IIT CED.
Prof. Maria Mercedes E. Arzadon, UPCED extension program coordinator, led the team of ten faculty members and eighteen M.A. students from the State University. The MSU-IIT volunteered faculty members who joined student teachers and third year students in this project.
The teams which were divided into groups visited evacuation centers to debrief the evacuees.
UPCED faculty members trained selected students of the MSU-IIT CED to mount a puppet show that integrated the debriefing modules to learning. These students assisted the team in its PDI activities in classes at the Iligan City East Central School and among teachers of the DepEd.
In preparing for the smooth instruction of their activities, the team also debriefed the MSU-IIT faculty and staff to relieve them of any residual psychological stress. Before the launch of the PDI, they discussed with the MSU-IIT officials the nature of the extension program especially on how it can provide other means of helping the Sendong survivors.
The team committed the constant monitoring of the program to ensure the program’s sustainability. With the commitments, UPCED distributed books, school supplies, medicines, and used clothing to some schools identified as severely affected by the devastation.
Topics : sendong