Building Community Capacity for Disaster Resilience: Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Project in Benguet Province

Project Building Community Capacity for Disaster Resilience: Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Project in Benguet Province
Objectives

• To build a culture of disaster preparedness and resilience among communities in Northern Luzon • To strengthen the multi-stakeholder partnerships between local government and communities towards effective disaster risk reduction management

Project Partners Community and Family Services International (CFSI)
Activities

• Training of CFSI Staff • Social Preparation Activities and disaster drills • Restructuring/ Reorganisation of BDRRMC • Workshops: Sensitisation, Town Watching and Village Watching as well as Project Learning • Implementation of Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CBDRRM) projects

Locations Benguet, Philippine
Period October 2011 - May 2012
Accomplishments

• 10 CFSI staff members were trained in CBDRRM • 33 community members participated in a Village Watching Workshop, two hazard maps and action plans were developed • 36 community members and government officials participated in the BDRRM Committee Reorganisation/Restructuring Workshop • 31 Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Members and Municipal Office Representatives participated in a Sensitisation and Town Watching Workshop; two hazard maps and action plans were developed

BACKGROUND

The Philippines ranks number 12 amongst 200 countries and territories whose populations are most at risk from earthquakes, floods, tropical cyclones and landslides. In September and October 2009, three of the 22 annual cyclones which struck the country – Ketsana, Parma and Ramil – destroyed over 50 billion Philippine pesos (US$900 million) worth of assets, killed hundreds and affected millions through extensive flooding and landslides. MERCY Malaysia raised funds to help in the relief and recovery efforts for the victims.

In 2011, MERCY Malaysia established its partnership with Community and Family Services International to
move forward with disaster risk reduction and disaster preparedness efforts in the Philippines.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

The Building Community Capacity for Disaster Resilience:
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Project in Benguet Province is a project that aims to build a culture of disaster preparedness and resilience among communities in Northern Luzon and strengthen the multistakeholder partnerships between local government and communities towards effective disaster risk reduction management.

CBDRRM capacity development training was also provided to 10 CFSI staff and volunteers. Continuous monitoring and evaluation visits are carried out throughout the project timeline to ensure compliance to the project objectives.