DRREAM BEGINS or Disaster Risk Reduction through Empowerment of At-risk Municipalities and Communities in Benguet and Northern Samar is a partnership project of the Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The project upholds the child-centered approach in DRRM/CCA and is geared towards the integration of children’s rights and concerns to local DRR plans. It aims to institutionalize children’s participation and representation in DRR/CCA with the formal inclusion of children and youth representatives to local DRR councils.
The project works for the mainstreaming of the multisectoral child-centered DRR approach during emergencies referring to the sectors on Child Protection, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Health, Education and Nutrition. Mainstreaming these sectors capacitate duty bearers on how children are protected, and their needs are properly addressed during disasters. The COVID-19 Pandemic was integrated in all project activities making the intervention more timely and relevant.
DRREAM BEGINS covers five municipalities in Northern Samar namely Catubig, Mondragon, San Antonio, Lope de Vega, Rosario, and the municipality of Itogon in the province of Benguet. It has separate activities for the Provincial Local Government Unit of Northern Samar in order to upscale the municipal interventions towards ensuring its replication and sustainability. The project commenced on February 1, 2020 and will be implemented until June 30, 2021.