WHAT WE DO
The Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) is a regional resource center based in the Philippines that endeavors to promote Community-Based Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CB CDRRM), facilitate interactive learning and discourse on climate and disaster risk reduction, and advocate for policies and programs that protect the environment and mitigate climate and disaster risk. Its various programs and services in training, DRR project implementation, emergency response (including psychosocial support) and rehabilitation assistance, interactive fora, research and knowledge exchange, networking and advocacy, through developmental and participatory principles and methodologies. With handholding and mentoring approach, it works with government and non-government organizations, people’s organizations, communities, and international agencies in various countries to enhance their capacities in disaster prevention and mitigation, preparedness, emergency response, and recovery.
Our Framework of Localization and Shifting the Power
At the heart of the program is the introduction of Community Philanthropy and its connection to shifting the power. Claiming/reclaiming the power of communities and civil society to direct their own paths to development that contributes to societal development
Mindshift/framework development or enhancement – in terms of not only looking at power imbalances but harnessing the inherent power of CSOs and communities to effect systems change slowly but surely
Contributes to enhancing your program – recognizing the value of resource mobilization – and teaching the communities that they have assets and resources to start with. And the agency to be tapped and harnessed that just needs amplifying and fortifying
Introducing asset development and access to resources as critical in shifting the power and for sustainability. High time to explore in this new COVID era where we need to rely on our own resources but at the same time the need to pool resources within our disposal and domain of concern
Understanding DRM and its intricacies, nuances, and dynamics. Just like how we dealt with foreign funding, when we get to understand and explore, this may be life changing for our organizations and our community partners
Constituency building/movement – like-minded and kindred spirits who believe and share the inherent power of CSOs and communities to make changes in the ecosystem where we work and in the whole architecture of humanitarian and development systems
Learning and community of practice – we believe that in the course of these engagements, we generate knowledge, learnings and experience, and we disseminate all those through community of practice or action learning circles.
All these are within the nexus of humanitarian, DRRM and development including peace.
With the growing support of our donor partners, we are able to work with various stakeholders, local government units, government agencies and offices, civil society organizations, private groups, and most importantly, communities:
Participation in Resilience Building and Organizing Safe and Progressive communities for Empowerment, Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction (PROSPER)
In partnership with the USAID-OFDA, is now on its third phase and is focusing on resilience-building in Regions IX and X. PROSPER Phase III: Re-Build Salug Valley utilizes the ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction approach with which the ecosystems that consist of forests, wetlands and mangroves are harnessed and utilized in an organized manner to prevent and mitigate disasters. Eight focus barangays and 12 municipal local government units (MLGUs) are covered by this new project in the range of mountains, reefs and ridges having a shared valley named Salug. This project runs from Nov. 10, 2019 – Oct. 9, 2021.
Philippine Preparedness Partnership
The Philippine Preparedness Partnership is the collaboration between key stakeholders of the three main actors in humanitarian action, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) for the government, Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) for the private sector. As the primary advocate of tripartite partnership in the country, PhilPrep ensures cohesive action between the three sectors in any and all humanitarian initiatives it conducts across the three major islands of the Philippines.
Since its inception, PhilPrep has demonstrated how the three important sectors (government, civil society, and private sector) can showcase coordination, collaboration, and partnership, in view of wider influence in policy and practice in order to ultimately make an innovative contribution for significant changes in the humanitarian ecosystem in the country.
Now on its second phase, PHILPREP leans to greater emphasis on increasing locally-led actions in the Philippines, the partnership initiates focused action towards contributing to the APP North Star: Safer and well-prepared communities through locally-led DRM actions, so that disaster impacts on at-risk communities in Asia will be reduced.
Pinnovation Academy aims to
institutionalize the development of
Filipino (Pinoy) innovations for
Disaster Risk Reduction.
With funding from UKAID, HIF-ERLHA
and START Network, the
Center for Disaster Preparedness
implements the project in the Philippines, with support
from the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN).
This 2021 the project team is focusing on setting up the program, engage with key stakeholders and recruitment of potential innovators.