De La Salle University

The University's Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) is its social development arm responsible for promoting the Lasallian Social Development principles in the Community. COSCA, via its programs, engages the Lasallian community to actualize faith in action through service and solidarity with the poor. COSCA aims to develop awareness in the Community of the problems and issues that abound in the country. It encourages members of the University to examine their social responsibilities in the light of the Christian faith. To complement the limited financial resources of the University, COSCA raises funds for the programs it supports, most of which are aimed at those belonging t...
Jul 21, 2015

Talim Bay Project Updates

Ms. Terteen Omana, Development Specialist for Environment/DRRM and Mr. Enrique Roa, UCED Liaison Officer in partnership with the Lian Kingfisher Association, and Samahan ng Mangtatangige ng Binubusan together with the Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Officer and Barangay officials of Binubusan conducted the No Take Zone (NTZ) plotting within the declared Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Barangay Binubusan in Lian, Batangas last June 10, 2015.

Despite limitations, the group still managed to calculate the coordinates based on existing data. Flag markers were installed in the estimated coordinates. This information will be used alongside the original data of the NTZ of Barangay Binubusan.

Mr. Dwight Lobhoy, Project Community Organizer and Mr. Ansel Astilla, Local Community Organizer also provided technical support to the group.

Jul 21, 2015

DRRM updates

The De La Salle University Gokongwei College of Engineering (DLSU GCOE) is undertaking as part of its institutional Community Engagement, the Lasallian Engineers for God and Country (LEGACY) Project. Its major objectives are the following: to allow the students to practice their field of specialization based on the needs of the partner communities; venue for knowledge and intellectual exchange among other engineering fields; to develop the expertise and the sense of professionalism; and enhance the culture of service using the field of engineering.

As a response to the incident in Leyte in 2013 where the super typhoon Yolanda took thousands of lives and caused enormous damage to properties, a composite team from LEGACY was formed. The focus of this group is to provide basic assistance to priority communities in Leyte with the help and network of DLSP (De La Salle Philippines) in the form of information, education and campaign (IEC) on disaster risk reduction. Priority Communities Recipient of the project are Barangay San Miguel located in the Municipality of Dulag and Barangay Diit in Tacloban City, Leyte.

Members of the team include the following: Dr. Leonila Abella, Dr. Susan Gallardo, Dr. Mario de Leon, Ms. Kathlene Marie Gaurana, Stephanie Denise Suarez, Mr. Louise Patrick Pambid, Kevin John Lee, and Ezekiel Bernardo.

Based on an assessment conducted during an earlier visit, the team found out that the two communities are not resilient against various hazards of earthquake, extreme wind, storms, tsunami and flood among others. These were supported by their observations during the reconnaissance survey which highlights the following; (1) lack of community awareness in disaster risk resilience practices in the grassroots level (barangay), (2) vulnerable structural typologies in the form of makeshift houses built on hazardous area (beach front), and (3) lack of integration of DRR principles as perceived in the city government on its application and policy making.

The highlight of this particular CE intervention is the mapping of their critical infrastructure with the support of the CE department led by Engr. Jason Maximino Ongpeng, Drs. Maricel Paringit, Lessandro Estelito Garciano and Mario de Leon.

Dr. Paringit generated seven (7) maps consisting of Barangay Diit Administrative Map, Fault Line, Liquefaction Susceptibility, Storm Surge, MGB Flood Susceptibility, MGB Landslide Susceptibility, Waterways and Roads. These maps were made as basis of identifying four specific workshop activities that will be implemented by the two priority communities, to wit; (1) Location of Lifeline Support Structures/Facilities (2) Validation of Position/Location of Waterways and Roads, (3) Validation of Landslide and Flood Susceptibility Data (4) Structural Typologies of Houses and Soil Condition.

Dr. De Leon presented the initial activities of reading and interpreting the maps and the validation of data which are the plans of action that the two communities will have to perform in preparation for the design of their disaster management activities. The activity ended with a short presentation of initial findings and results of the field survey.

The generated maps were donated to Barangay Diit with the intention to use these in the information and education dissemination in the barangays and to continue the work on validation of data.

The DRR presentation and workshop activities were first-hand experience by the participants on community engagement with academic institution and exposure on use the GPS equipment and field survey. They recognized the importance of reading and understanding maps, interpreting what the maps convey and the validation of data useful in disaster risk reduction management.

May 5, 2015

Eastern Samar DRRM efforts

The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA), joined the continuing effort of the De La Salle Philippines (DLSP), in their project, “One La Salle after Typhoon Yolanda” last April 20 to 24, 2015.

The Earthquake, Tsunami and Storm Surge Drill and Training on Early Warning System aims to contribute in the hazard preparation efforts of the five barangays in Tubabao Island, Guiuan, wherein Barangay Trinidad was identified as the pilot barangay.

Ms. Isabel Lanada of COSCA provided valuable input that heightened the community members’ knowledge, skills and attitude in terms of disaster risk reduction, mitigation and preparedness.

Residents of the island were primed of the furtive occurrences of earthquake that may trigger tsunami in the sea-bound province. Also as a typhoon belt province, they are clued-up with the occurrence of storm surge. The residents participated in the drill in which they fled from a simulated storm surge and tsunami attack and ran on the 500-meter road from Barangay Trinidad to its highest peak. Demonstrations on how to do the “duck, cover and hold” were presented to the community members.

Other participants include the barangay officials from the four barangays namely: San Juan, Camparang, San Antonio and San Pedro. These individuals were tasked as evaluators of the exercise.

Before the actual drill, a popular version of a primer on tsunami disaster posters and brochures for advocacy purposes was printed, posted and distributed to the public, including tarpaulins directed at enjoining vulnerable communities to be disaster-prepared communities.

The barangay officials also committed to conduct regular disaster drills, continuously utilize indigenous early warning systems to test the communities’ alertness and proper responses in simulation to the onset of disasters.

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