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Exploring Disaster Resilience

Exploring Disaster Resilience

The Philippines can be appreciated as a destination country for studies, research, and visits by virtue of its plethora of knowledge, good practices, and lessons learned forged through its extensive experience and resilience in facing disasters. In order to foster good partnership and collective resilience with other neighboring countries, the Philippine Preparedness Partnership (PhilPrep) aims to offer study visits with APP program countries to draw valuable insights and experiences that can be applied to the Philippines. The vast collection of experience and knowledge from APP program countries can also be shared and exchanged with other existing networks in Asia such as the Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Risk Reduction (GNDR) and the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN). Their existing CBDRRM hubs could allow PhilPrep’s community-level actors to partake in the cross-country platforms. As such, efforts to promote South-South learning were made through the development of PhilPrep learning package booklets on (a) Governance, featuring why and how “good DRR is good governance”; (b) Partnerships, which presents various case studies of public, private, and CSO partnerships whether intra- or inter-sectoral in nature; (c) CBDRRM in the Philippines, highlighting to the visitors a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of DRRM in the Philippines; and (d) Pandemic experience and preparation in the Philippines. Download the booklets here:
Poetry of a Disaster
CCAM - Climate Resiliency Field School (CrFS)

CCAM - Climate Resiliency Field School (CrFS)

Zamboanga Del Sur’s abundance in Agri-fishery such as rice, corn, and aqua-marine products serves as the main sources of income of the province. Despite abundance in these products, the effect of climate change in agriculture affects crop production and food security. Significant results coming from initial consultations and risk assessment with affected municipalities in the province shows estimated around 70% Agri-fishery livelihoods are widely affected by flooding. Having this situation, communities face difficulties in restoring and sustaining their economic activities and thus, the urgency to establish Early Warning mechanisms and Agro-met monitoring to protect livelihoods which is necessary for climate-resilient agricultural development. In relation to the actual situation, Local Government Units (LGUs) need to enhance Inter-Municipality Disaster Risk and Climate governance by establishing climate-field school and end-to-end Warning System to address adverse effects of hazards and complement existing initiatives in ecosystem-based management and adaptation towards resilient, inclusive and sustainable development. CDP holds several coordination and partnership meetings with agencies and organizations in the province to gather support on trainings and farming inputs, all necessary for the project operation. Recent meetings conducted are with the Regional Department of Agriculture, Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) and the Diocesan of Pagadian. DA’s regional director Rad Donn Cedeño offers to provide agricultural inputs and assistance to trainings. Same positive feedbacks were also gathered with other concerned agencies. With the Go signals from the local chief executives of Tambulig and Ramon Magsaysay in Zamboanga Del Sur, CDP undertake its baseline data gathering for the farming communities of Lower Tiparak, Tambulig and Barangay Switch, Ramon Magsaysay through Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA). The activity aims to understand local farming initiatives, methodologies and technologies used by farmers including farming issues and challenges. At least twenty-five (25) women and thirty (30) men from Lower Tiparak; and twenty-one (21) women and sixteen (16) men in Switch joined the activity. The PRA revealed significant highlights on the status of agricultural interventions, risks and systems. Being located at the lowland with high exposure to river systems, both areas are at high risk to flooding. Despite noticeable impact of climate change and due to lack of climate related capacity building, both areas still practicing conventional farming, which uses synthetic chemicals for soil nourishment and pest control. Meanwhile, the unavailability of community seed banking for both areas, including capacity buildings on the matter, are key factors to their current external seed dependency. As per MGCQ Guidelines, Social Distancing measures have been followed in the conduct of the activities. Personal Protective Equipments such as masks and sanitary materials were provided to the attendees. Adherence to the social gathering guidelines which is 50% of total venue capacity, were observed. Coordination and preparation for the season long training will be on October 2020. Calendar setting and CRFS enrollment were undertaken for both of the areas. Currently there are twenty-one (21) women and twenty-six (26) men enrolled for the CRFS from Barangay Lower Tiparak; and sixteen (16) women and thirteen (13) men enrolled in Barangay Switch. CRFS modules prepared by Rice Watch Action Network (R1) are already available. Demo Farms The farming association of Lower Tiparak already identified and established a five thousand (5000) square meters demo farm for the Season Long Training. Additionally, local farmers also committed to share a portion of their land as demo farm extension for the Systems of Rice Intensification trial. Demo farms will serve as learning sites for the sustainable and climate-friendly agriculture initiative of the project. Due to the on-going Enhance Community Quarantine restrictions raised by the provincial government of Zamboanga Del Sur, coordination for the Season Long training and demo farm at Barangay Switch has been postponed. CDP is currently preparing organic fertilizers in preparation to the upcoming cropping season.
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March 7, 2017

“Kung may pagkakataon ang mga tao at may oportunidad na makapili ng tirahang ligtas, sigurado kami na hindi titira sa ganoong mga lugar ang mga pamilyang ito."

In this GMA Network Special Report, our Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Malu Fellizar emphasizes the importance of addressing underlying risks in poor and vulnerable communities. 

This Fire Prevention Month, let's do our part in reducing fire hazards in our households and call on our local governments to ensure that there are sound contingency plans that people and leaders in the community can execute in cases of fire. Regular fire drills and inspection of business establishments for fire safety compliance are some of the measures LGUs could implement to reduce risk to fire.

March 26, 2017

“Kailangan alerto lagi at mag-ingat, kailangan laging handa sa mga sakuna.”

This Fire Drill took months of preparation and we're glad to have finally conducted it with the help of everyone from the community and local government unit of Brgy. West Crame, San Juan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and Council, Bureau of Fire Protection, and our partner, Plan International, and other agencies who were present during the drill.


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