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Brgy. West Crame’s Journey towards widening the narrow path to resilience

It usually happens in December. In the last 5 years, the residents of West Crame in the city of San Juan, Manila suffered from major losses of livelihood and properties due to fire. Instead of preparing for the holiday season, people living in narrow streets braced themselves for disaster that could set their dreams aflame. For the barangay council, illegal connections, octopus wirings and overloading remained the top reasons why Christmases were not merry in some areas of West Crame since 2014. Also, the lack of preparedness from the barangay added to the burden of the said human-induced hazard. “Iyong pinakaworse noon, hindi pa kami handa sa pagresponde, wala pa kaming gamit, wala pa kamin

CDP staff receive training in disability-inclusive development

Employees and staff from the Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) participated in a Disability-Inclusive Development (DID) Training Workshop organized by the Life Haven Inc., an organization that advocates for the inclusion of persons with disabilities through the “independent living philosophy”, where people with disabilities are guided to become “independent, self-determined, and actively participating in promoting self-development.”[1] The two (2)-day , was held at the Hive Hotel, Quezon City from May 22-24, 2017. The participants came from the different programs of CDP such as the Research, Knowledge Exchange and Management (RKEM), Projects and Partnerships, Humanitarian Preparedness

My safe place

I joined CDP at a rather difficult time in my life; I had just finished university, and had started a master’s degree immediately after graduation. I had no prior experience working, except for a brief internship during my 3rd year in college. My friends, who all entered the workforce before me, often talked of workplace horror stories; abusive hours, monster-bosses, toxic office-environments. But, they told me, the worst feeling they felt was the lack of purpose. The daily drudgery they faced, going through the motions to accomplish what they felt was meaningless work. Thankfully, I never experienced anything similar in CDP. In fact, I experienced the opposite. In CDP, I found an environmen

Training of Trainers: key to widening the reach of DRR education in communities

Training of Trainers (ToT) is one of the primary learning methods used by the Center for Disaster Preparedness in imparting knowledge and developing capacities of its partners in almost all of its engagements with local government units. It was during the first phase of the Disaster Risk Reduction Through Education and Managing Barangay Integrated Goals toward Disaster Resilient Communities and Schools (DRREAMBIG) Project that CDP trained and mentored a pool of trainers not only from its barangay local government, but from the teachers of primary schools within the partner barangays as well. Towards the end of the first phase, CDP has trained and mentored not only the Municipal Disaster Risk

Youth Leaders organize, empower fellow youth as emergency responders

Valenzuela City – In a joint undertaking of Plan International Philippines and Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) on a project entitled “Strengthening Resilience to Disasters among Targeted Vulnerable Urban Poor Communities in Metro Manila, a training on basic life support and first aid for the youth was held at the Gen. T. De Leon Barangay Hall last April 19-21, 2017. A group of youth leaders in the barangay were tasked to organize the said activity from its conceptualization, proposal development, coordination and other preparations, and its actual implementation. As part of empowering the youth in the barangay, 25 youth participants, ages 14 to 25 years old, attended the said training

Tanan andam, Waray Mahibibilin*

*Everyone is Ready, No One Left Behind, a Training of Trainers (ToT) on Inclusive Community- Based Disaster Risk and Management (ICBDRRM) with Integration of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) The Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) in partnership with Malteser International conducted “Training of Trainers (ToT) on Inclusive Community- Based Disaster Risk and Management (ICBDRRM) with Integration of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH),” through the project entitled, “Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction in Typhoon prone coastal areas of Northern Samar Province, Philippines.” A total of 75 participants took part in the activity from the municipalities of Catarman and Laoang together

Little Voices, Big Dreams, Brighter Future

PARACALE, CAMARINES NORTE - 34 children from our partner barangays in Paracale, Labnig and Dalnac, actively participated in a leadership training for children and youth on April 26-27, 2017 in Marsan’s Resort here as part of the Center for Disaster Preparedness and UNICEF's implementation of its second phase of the DRREAM BIG Project, Disaster Risk Reduction through Education and Management of Barangay Integrated Goals. Through participatory activities and inputs, the children and youth were given refresher lectures on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and detailed discussion on children’s national and community situation, children in times of disaster, organizational



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