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If I Were A Community Leader

Public Awareness as a First Step

In Labo, Camarines Sur, a volunteerism-run community radio was the first step towards public awareness on disaster risk reduction. In fact, this led to the formation of barangay emergency response teams (BERT) and more specific projects such as rip rapping in Barangay Antonio and river cleaning in Barangay Anahaw. Because DWLB operates through volunteerism, senior citizens, women, religious groups are able to participate as hosts. The sustainability of the radio program has been backed up by a provincial disaster management code and the support of the municipal disaster coordinating council. Watch its story.

Healing the Land: A Changed Landscape Redefines Farming in Infanta

First part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6G62eY-u48
Second part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4XA93BERjI
After Quezon province was ravaged by a typhoon, the Social Action Center of Northern Quezon coordinated with the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) and the University of the Philippines – Los Banos to rehabilitate the land. This turned out as an opportunity to introduce organic agriculture; establish/strengthen the Barangay Agricultural and Fisheries Council (BAFC); and strengthen KUMARE, a group that is focused on women’s access to livelihood.

See also http://www.pcaarrd.dost.gov.ph/home/ssentinel/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1162&Itemid=41

Mila’s Mission

Mila Baretto was trained on inclusive community based DRR under the Scale Up Build Up project. Such training and additional assistance from Handicap International supported Mila as she reactivated a support group, Arakan Federation of Persons with Disabilities, which is now funded through the municipality development fund. She updated the registry of persons with disabilities, which then numbered up to 750. But from such small step, she led the conceptualization and implementation of a livelihood project for PWDs. As a result of her efforts, the local government became more engaged in including persons with disabilities in their decision-making process including that on the barangay development planning.

Crab farming as a women’s climate change adaptation initiative

Leonara Silawan, Noel Casungad, Jose Molin and Generoso Aguila of Barangay Balatasan, Calabanga, Camarines Sur lead a livelihood cum climate change adaptation project, that came from a community DRR assessment. The poorest of the community now run a crab farming facility, which became an alternative to traditional farming that has increasingly become prone to flooding. Photo by World Food Programme

Combo Carbon as a food stock-piling mechanism in Boac

In Boac, Marinque, a state university, local NGO and the local government joined forces to promote combo-carbon, as a response to a rice-dependent diet and limited water supply for growing rice. The rootcrops that were used for combo-carbo are locally sourced, that planting these does not require chemical inputs. The Success of the initiative can be attributed to the roactiveness of the LGU in anticipating and addressing rice shortages with a nutritious alternative; addressing malnutrition of children; and preparing for emergencies; the responsiveness of Municipal Nutrition Office (MNO) and barangay nutrition volunteers; and partnerships with the Foods Department of the Marinduque State College and the Marinduque Council for Environmental Concerns (MaCEC). The results included reduced consumption of rice; the enactment of a resolution adopting and promoting combo-carbo as a stockpiling mechanism of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC); a budget allocation for the popularization of combo-carbo in the Investment Program as well as the use of combo-carbon for the regular feeding programmes for malnourished children.

Empowerment and Participation: Good Practices from South and Southeast Asia in Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Management

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Under the Scale Up Build Up project, Handicap International mainstreamed the development of persons with disabilities-friendly early warning systems in Bicol. In addition to the typical sirens, this system features the use of coloured flags and plans where certain individuals are assigned to alert certain persons with disabilities within the community. As a result, the communities became more organised and aware of the need to ensure the accessibility of infrastructures. Ultimately, the persons with disabilities developed greater confidence.

Lessons Learned from the Project, Mainstreaming Disability in Disaster Risk Management Initiatives in Indonesia and Philippines

Under the Advancing Safer Communities and Environments against Disasters (ASCEND) project, a survey of persons with disabilities and trainings were conducted in Catanduanes and Quezon. It also featured participatory accessibility audits of evacuation centers and early warning systems; stakeholders dialogue between persons with disabilities and representatives from relevant government offices including barangay authorities, Municipal Health Offices, and the Provincial and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices; coaching session for persons with disabilities, their families and caregivers, their BDRRMC on preparedness; the distribution of a Personal Disaster Preparedness Guides for Persons with Disabilities, accompanied by individual preparedness kits; and distribution of inclusive early warning system kits to the target barangays.

The project resulted in partnership between established humanitarian organizations such as that between Handicap International and Accion contre Faim; consistent technical support for the communities in targetted areas. Among the lessons learned include the need for the prioritisation of managers and field practitioners as participants of the training; flexibility with the special needs of certain participants in a training; institutionalisation of a suite of trainings and partnerships contributes to a project’s sustainability; development of a pool of champions/ advocates through team-building exercises as well as clear coordination and support mechanism.

Grand Handaan: Create your family’s Preparedness Plan now!

This Workbook guides Filipino families in creating their respective Preparedness Plans, which carefully consider the needs of persons with disabilities and older persons.