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Academe, CSOs meet for National Advocacy Workshop on DRR

Manila, Philippines– The Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) organized the National Advocacy Workshop in the Philippines on March 22-24, 2017 through the support of Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), and the Consortium on Humanitarian Action and Protection. The workshop aims to bring together around 32 GNDR members and other civil society groups in the Philippines and work together to delve around a shared issue on disaster risk reduction and resilience. On the first day, Ms. Loreine Dela Cruz, Executive Director of CDP, gave the opening remarks, where she emphasized the goals of the workshop: to bring together different CSOs to discuss the share

People's participation is at the heart of CDP's humanitarian program

The Center for Disaster Preparedness' newest program, the Humanitarian Preparedness and Response (HPRP), in partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the local lovernment units (LGUs) of Ilagan City and Municipality of Tumauini, facilitated 'Psychosocial Support Capacity and Enhancement Training for Carers and Communities' or Tree of Life to the people of Ilagan City and Municipality of Tumauini on March 13-17 in the Province of Isabela. Both areas were badly hit by Typhoon Lawin (Haima). With 50 participants each, the three-day training was facilitated to the two partner LGUs simultaneously. After the actual training, Ilagan City had an additional day for

Training on humanitarian action and protection in the ARMM highlights critical role of women

COTABATO – The Consortium on Humanitarian Action and Protection (CHAP) had its first “Training of Trainers on Rights-based Approach on Humanitarian Action and Protection” in Kidapawan City last March 6-10, 2017. The training aims to enable disaster risk reduction practitioners in the ARMM region in humanitarian response in the local and global disaster contexts and disaster risk reduction and management framework. The training was facilitated by the member organizations of the Consortium or CHAP, namely, the Center Disaster Preparedness, Balay Rehabilitation Center, Buklod Tao Inc., and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) of Camarines Norte. A total of 40 pa

From Risk to Communication to Action: Enabling Institutions to Manage Storm Surge Risks

In November 2013, Tacloban City was struck by a record magnitude storm surge dealt by Typhoon Haiyan. Despite the weather agency's accurate storm surge prediction, thousands lost their lives. The project evolved in response to the acute need for better communication practices linking the national agencies to local governments and the public. The goal of the project is to identify improved strategies for crafting and communicating risk messages, to develop this into new practices, and to ensure that communities need never experience what befell Tacloban during Haiyan. An evaluation of the experience of Typhoon Haiyan revealed that risk communication practices were partly at fault. Messages f

Trekking steep ranges and bridging gaps

When Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the province of Eastern Samar, many communities both upland and coastal were isolated for days. Many international and local non-government organizations (I/NGOs) and local government units (LGUs) had a hard time reaching out to far flung communities, and took hours or even days to reach them. But these communities were able to manage themselves through their common practices of Pintakasi and sharing of resources to their neighbours. These communities exhibited internal capacities that need to be recognized and systematized. To the people of barangay Anislag and San Miguel, pintakasi is an integral part of their community life. Anislag is one of the upland barang

Iskolar para sa bayan

I have missed anniversaries & date nights with my girl, bathtimes with my dog, birthday celebrations of my nephews and niece, dinner with my ladies, inuman nights with friends, reunions with orgmates, rallies against the injustice that we're living in, out-of-town vacations, boardgame nights, fast internet connection, a tidy kitchen, and all those food cravings that I can't possibly have while I'm here in the fields of Eastern Samar. I have missed all the things above for a year now, and I'll keep missing them for at least 9 months more because of the work that I have grown to love so much. Being with the Center for Disaster Preparedness through our project of working with persons with disab

Judy Gacita and her new found vision

Judy Gacita never involves herself in community affairs. She usually stays at home, tending to the needs of her family. She describes herself as “mahiyain” or timid because of how other people view her and her visual impairment. Her normal routine includes homemaking and tending to her child’s needs. Judy never thought that one day she would be involved in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, an issue very close to her heart. In 2015, the Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) and Arbeiter Samariter Bundt (ASB) have launched the first phase of an initiative that seeks to empower and engage duty-bearers and persons with disabilities. The initiative has focused on two barangays f

Stepping Forward, Leading Towards Recognition

Leila Benaso believes that standing up for human rights is essential to achieve the quality of life that persons with disabilities deserve. Because of this firm belief, she tirelessly juggles her time between her personal life and advocacies to inspire her community and become a role model among persons with disabilities. She sees herself in paving the way towards getting recognized in a society that often excludes them. A polio survivor, Leila’s personal experiences and involvement with the Special and Differently-abled Persons of Lawaan (SDAPOL) has compelled her to become active in championing for the rights of persons with disabilities in Lawaan. “Ang mga persons with disability dati sa



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