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

• Social Preparation Activities: Selection of project sites and Community profiling • A School Preparedness Training of Trainers (SPToT) for CFSI staff • Development, Production and Dissemination of IEC materials. • Sensitisation and ‘Town Watching’ Workshop. • Restructuring/ Reorganisation of Municipal and Barangay DRRMC including Formulation of DRR and Contingency Plans • ‘Village Watching’ Workshop • Contingency Planning Workshop (municipal level) • Implementation of CBDRRM projects. • School Preparedness Training of Teachers • Children’s Camp on School Preparedness. • Implementation of DRR activities for schools • Emergency Evacuation Drills • Project Learning Workshop

Locations Sitio Cayapes, Barangay Bila, Bokod, Benguet, Philippines
Period May 2013- January 2014
Accomplishments

• 10 CFSI staff were stationed as trainers in the MERCY Malaysia School Preparedness Programme • DRR posters and Grab bag cards were developed in the local language • 30 Bokod Municipal and Barangay local governments participated in the Sensitisation and ‘Town Watching’ Workshop • A contingency planning workshop was organised, participated by Municipal and Barangay local government units • All selected CBDRRM activities were implemented by the community: • First Aid Training (participated by 30 people) • Purchase of Emergency Equipment • Construction of Footpath • 15 teachers and 5 Parent Teacher Association (PTA) members participated in the School Preparedness Training of Teachers • 164 School Children, 25 Teachers and 15 PTA members from 4 schools in Bokod participated in the Children’s Camp on School Preparedness. • All four schools implemented DRR activities selected based on action plans • A village drill was carried out with community members of Sitio Cayapes • 30 community, Barangay and Municipal representatives participated in the Project learning workshop for the community while 35 school children, teachers and PTA from the 4 selected schools participated in the Project learning workshop for the SPP

Background
The Philippines ranks number 12 among 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 2013, MERCY Malaysia continued its partnership with
Community and Family Services International to move forward
with disaster risk reduction and disaster preparedness efforts in
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 multi-stakeholder partnerships between
local government and communities towards effective disaster risk
reduction management.
A School Preparedness Training of Trainers capacity was provided
by CFSI staff and volunteers. Continuous monitoring and
evaluation visits were carried out throughout the project timeline
to ensure compliance to the project objectives.