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Hi there, to amplify the prospects for this idea, designing and pilot testing the school toolkit and curriculum for the youth led digital mapping fulfills and improves on the Philippine policy to integrate disaster risk reduction in the curriculum of students.  The Philippines' Department of Education (DepEd) recently established its Office solely for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) to work on integrating DRRM efforts in schools' preparedness and resilience.  While these policies are in place within the DepEd, programs and projects such as this on student-led risk mapping are timely and fitting.  The impact of this initiative would transcend communities and local governments in identifying risks and enhancing their databases to inform worthwhile projects.  As local government officials in the Philippines are hampered by multitude of responsibilities especially in urban areas, the youth is perfectly poised to be a viable partner to improve resilience.  To illustrate, on disaster management, Quezon City has a training program on ‘Junior Rescuer’. The youth led mapping can complement these initiatives by having a core group of youth to engage and periodically report risks, validate hazards, and put forward recommendations both to the city local government and national government agencies such as Department of Education (DepEd). With the many activities of the city government their manpower are tied and stretched to do community validations and site visits to all the communities in its jurisdiction. Hence, the youth led community mapping can become a better source of manpower, skill, and passion to increase resilience.