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

Project Building Community Capacity for Disaster Resilience: Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Project in Benguet Province, Luzon
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 (DRR) management

Project Partners Community and Family Services International (CFSI)
Activities

• Implementation of Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CBDRRM) projects • Project learning

Locations Sitio Poblacion Proper, Bokod, Benguet, Philippines
Period October 2011 to May 2012
Accomplishments

• A Contingency Plan Formulation Workshop was implemented with support from the Office of Civil Defense • Two contingency plans were developed; one at the municipality level and another at the barangay (village) level during the Contingency Plan Formulation Workshop and disseminated to the community • A simulation exercise was carried out for the villagers • All selected CBDRRM activities were implemented: – Reforestation seedling nursery – Road signage on disaster risk reduction – Purchasing of rescue and response equipment (safety boots, spine board, heavy duty gloves, neck brace, fire extinguisher, first-aid kit, generator) – Disaster Risk Reduction Information Education Communication (IEC) materials (Posters and Brochures) • A Project learning workshop was carried out with 19 community members

Background

The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, according to the United Nations Internatinal Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). From September to 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 affecting millions through extensive flooding and landslides. MERCY Malaysia raised funds to help the relief and recovery efforts for the victims. In 2011, MERCY Malaysia established a partnership with the ‘Community and Family Services International’ to move forward with disaster risk reduction and disaster preparedness efforts in Philippines.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

The Building Community Capacity for Disaster Resilience: Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Project in Benguet Province, aims to build a culture of disaster preparedness and resilience among communities in Northern Luzon. It aims to strengthen multi-stakeholder partnerships between the local government and communities, towards effective disaster risk reduction management. CBDRRM capacity development training was provided to the CFSI staff and volunteers. Continuous monitoring and evaluation visits are carried out throughout the project timeline, to ensure compliance to the project objectives.