Building Disaster Resilient Small-Island Communities
Covering Jomalig in Quezon, Marinduque, and Rapu-Rapu in Albay, the Building Disaster Resilient Small-Island Communities Project (BDRSIP) aimed at improving the disaster preparedness and disaster response capacities of small island communities; developing capacities of small island communities to manage periods of isolation after a disaster; establishing and strengthening linkages with mainland local government units (LGUs), public and private service providers, and communities for disaster response; and systematically assessing results, lessons and experiences from the work in small islands to create a DRR pilot model for small islands.
The project used participatory approaches, while being sensitive to marginalized segments and ensuring a space for them to voice their perspectives; existing mechanisms such as public consultations; existing scientific information; appropriate technologies such as radio; local resources such as malunggay, cassava; existing community organisers such as the social action centres, among others.
Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office(APSEMO)
In mainstreaming DRR policies at the provincial level, Albay established the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office(APSEMO) as well as the Centre for Initiatives and Research on Climate Adaptation (CIRCA). With the support of the local government, APSEMO has operated with a consistent budget and trained personnel. Since its establishment, it has worked towards linkages between local DRRMCs and warning agencies like PAGASA and PHIVOLCS; early warning and clear evacuation protocols, including community-based evacuation procedures to achieve the goal of zero casualty.
APSEMO: Visible, Measurable Impact Over the Years in Albay
Second part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6G62eY-u48
Watch how APSEMO was institutionalised from a project funded by Italian donor agencies. With APSEMO, Bicol strengthened its target for zero casualty. With predictability, preparedness and risk reduction management, there has been an increase in investment such as that on the P6 billion geothermal plant and airport. Also with the smooth flow of data, the work of the national government is eased
San Francisco: The island where all survived
Here’s the story of how a prudent purok profiling has left a disaster prone island resilient despite typhoon Haiyan’s fury. The destruction was inevitable but having casualties was not an option.
Provincial government teams up with humanitarian partners in bringing services closer to typhoon affected towns
In 2013 Davao Oriental partners with Care and the Melin Group as the province recovers from Bopha. The project had three components: food security and livelihood, health and nutrition. This includes the distribution of agricultural seeds such as corn, legumes and vegetables, provision of farm tools, financial assistance for community enterprises, trainings, and technical assistance for livelihood. Cash for work programs developed for debris clearing and food production and the construction of community structures, among others. Meanwhile 12 Barangay Health Stations were constructed. These efforts targeted specific population groups that include economically disadvantaged households and vulnerable groups, such as those living below poverty line, with disabilities, pregnant and lactating women, elderly, single-handed households, malnourished, and nutritional at risk.
Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Subnational/ Local Development and Land Use Planning in the Philippines
Here is a documentation of how to mainstream disaster risk reduction in development plans particularly at the provincial level. The guidelines include ways of mapping and assessing disaster risks, citing relevant official resources such as maps towards the development of land use plans.
Strength in Numbers: The Barangay as Building Block in Dagupan
Eight Dagupan-based barangays led a community-based early warning system that included trainings on first aid, basic life support especially for vulnerable groups and river rescues. The community based early warning system has seen the participation of churches and other sectors. The barangays have devised warning signals where the 1st alert is done by the ringing of church bells; the 2nd alert by 5-time tapping/ sounding of the kanongkong and the 3rd alert by the 10-time tapping/ sounding of the kanongkong. Watch their story here.
Local Flood Early Warning System for the Bihaan Watershed
Using a watershed or river basin approach, LFEWS aimed to reduce human vulnerability and suffering in the face of flood related disasters by enhancing and strengthening the localization of risk knowledge and support decision-making; install and implementing a system of predicting the likelihood of flood disasters and corresponding development of response capacity; and developing communication protocols and media.
The project saw the convergence of local knowledge for disaster preparedness and response, the political and technical readiness of local governments and communities to adopt new technologies and the availability of new technology and technical skills provide a favorable environment for enhancing the effectiveness of LFEWS. While some components and preparatory activities may require external expertise, local governments and communities could easily operate and maintain LFEWS on their own. The sustainability of an Operation Center depends on the institutionalization and strengthening of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices from where the Operation Center derives its authority and resources.