Two Decades of Commitment to Resilience, Empowerment, and Development
Twenty years of existence serves as a testament of CDP's flexibility and adaptiveness in keeping with and responding to the signs of the times. Its work throughout the years is a significant contribution to the national efforts in community-based climate & disaster risk reduction and management (CBCDRRM). For two decades, the organization's engagements have mirrored its priority areas of work and advocacies in response to the global call to address critical concerns in CBCDRRM.
It has developed CBDRM as its framework of intervention in working with communities and in engaging local government units over the years, being a pioneer in CBDRM. CDP can very well say that it has contributed to its development and significance today as also enshrined in the current DRRM law in the Philippines. It is a comprehensive framework and approach to community-based disaster risk reduction and management which
highlights the process of institutionalization and sustainability by locally mainstreaming the communities' capacity development in partnership with local government units. Such provided the impetus for locally-led preparedness and response and contributed to more strengthened leadership of national and local actors in disaster risk reduction and management and in humanitarian action.
Governance initiatives including shared risk governance has made CDP an important partner for change by communities, building people's resilience through time- tested methodologies of capacity development; training of trainers among stakeholders, mentoring and accompanying them in the process, together with creation and evaluation of policies crafted together in a process by multistakeholders. CDP's advocacy engagements and praxis had enriched its very own conceptual development and theory building thereby serving as guide to its direction and thrust through the years.
CDP's programming framework has been very open, flexible and adaptive in its twenty years of existence. From a specialization scheme of developing varied programs based on its mandate in DRRM, programs had been developed and nurtured that addressed training and capacity development; advocacy, partnership and networking; research, knowledge exchange and management; projects and partnerships and later humanitarian preparedness and response. Said specialized programs bore fruit in gender-inclusive CBCDRRM with emphasis on partnership and complementary roles between men and women. The child-centered CBCDRRM has brought to light the value and role of children and young people in the field of DRRM. On the other hand, disability inclusion and whole of society approach has utilized inclusivity in engaging various stakeholders at varying levels in diverse kind of engagements.
The organization's transformative programming approach also led the way to various new projects and partnerships. Learning from similarities and diversities of urban and rural projects, with the urban DRR Project providing lessons of engaging communities in the cities that capitlized on concerted local actions founded on people's capacity and leadership towards the achievement of disaster resilience and development. The rural DRR initiatives had prioritized the least served in far-flung and remote
communities in different parts of the country to help the marginalized and vulnerable sections of the population cope with disaster impacts and respond to community needs. In recovering from disasters, CDP ventured on resilient livelihood that drove the communities to projects bringing sustainable source of living and uplifting people's lives.
Different community projects had put emphasis on sustainability, nutrition, pollution control, natural resource' preservation and solid waste management. CDP's experience and practice in two decades is actually a journey with the people that it works with in the fight for dignity, equality and the fulfillment of human rights. It is a demonstration of nationalism, love and service to the people and to humanity. Beautiful friendships, amazing relationships and fruitful partnerships and collaborations have all been built and nurtured in the pursuit of safe, resilient, and sustainable communities in the country and globally.