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...
May 19, 2011

DLSU conducts DRR orientation

The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) of De La Salle University (DLSU) conducted a Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Management (CBDRRM) Training in Brgys Bungahan and San Diego, both located within the Municipality of Lian Batangas. These sessions were in coordination with Lian Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and their respective Sangguniang Barangays. 

The C-B DRRM training in Brgy Bungahan was spearheaded by Ms. Isabel Lanada, DRR Project Technical Facilitator. It was held last 9 April 2011 at the Bungahan Elementary School and participated in by fifty six leaders and members of the BDRRMC led by Mr. Antonio Lainez Jr., their Brgy Captain. The session focused on DRR module one which discussed among others the basic concepts in Disaster Management such as Vulnerabilities, Hazards and Capacities. Highlight of the activity is the drafting of their own community map with the corresponding Risks as well as Vulnerabilities. By the end of the one day training, most participants suggested to have the project continue DRRM capacity building activities in the community such as drills, trainings, information gathering and dissemination campaigns.

            The second CBDRRM session was held last April 11 and 12, 2011 at Brgy San Diego. The participants led by Mr. Jose Cabadin, San Diego Brgy Captain, listened intently to the modules provided by Ms. Lanada and were even able to articulate their suggestions to the DRR process for their brgy. These include the issuance of the necessary Brgy Ordinance establishing the BDRRMC, the holding of a community based disaster management planning,  the conduct of a Brgy wide DRR information dissemination campaign, and allocation of five percent of the Internal Revenue Allocation of the Brgy for disaster management activities.

            One notable suggestion made by the participants of the DRR session in Brgy San Diego was the need to have several DRR documents translated from English to popular Pilipino for easier comprehension by the readers. These articles include: the Hyogo Framework for Action and the Republic Act 10121 (DRRM Law of 2010).        

Apr 18, 2011

A municipal wide planning and budgeting process

Honorable Osita Vergara, Local Chief Executive of Lian, Batangas and concurrent Chairperson of its Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) led a meeting last 14 April 2011 to discuss the DRR budgetary process and other concerns for the municipality. More specifically, the local disaster council talked about allocating five percent budget from the Municipal Internal Revenue Allocation to finance its Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management commitment. Concrete gains are the allocation of P 1,156,248.78 (30% of the 5% from IRA) for Emergency Response activities and P 2,697,913.82 (70% of the 5% from IRA) for Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Rehabilitation initiatives. The said session was facilitated by Ms. Maria Isabel B. Lanada, Project Technical Facilitator of the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA), the social development unit of the De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila. Representatives from the following offices also attended the mentioned activity: Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), Rural Health Unit (RHU), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Association of Barangay Captains (ABC), Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO), Municipal Health Office (MHO), Lian DRR Office, local Department of Education (DepEd) office, Municipal Social Welfare Office (MSWDO) and the local Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) office. Other highlights include the following: a). the status of the institutionalization and mainstreaming of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Law currently being undertaken by the Sangguniang Bayan; b). the planned DRR Orientation for the Association of the Barangay Captains on May 21-23, 2011 in Palawan; c). plans for April 22, 2011 Earth Day Celebration, where the municipality will turn off their lights for one hour from 5:00am to 6:00am as part of their solidarity and cooperation with groups advocating for climate change adaptation. The council likewise, conceptualized a municipal level disaster drill and a series of disaster campaign activities from May to July 2011. This will also serve as the culminating activity for the celebration of disaster month in July. As part of the continuing DRR capacity building for the MDRRMC of Lian, the project will also undertake a site visit of the MDRRMC operations in the province of Albay this May 25-27, 2011. The objectives of the site visit are as follows: a). to understand and comprehend in practical terms DRR preparatory activities; and b). to gain knowledge and skills in DRR systems and mechanisms by the province of Albay. The MDRRMC of Lian has in fact allotted funds for this. The council was also able to plan the set of parallel activities to be conducted by the DRR Project Technical Facilitator and the different offices in Lian. These include the following: a). an orientation on climate change (July 1, 2011) for PTA Officers; b). structural evaluation of infrastructures such as bridges, ports and buildings within Lian by DPWH; c). DRR preparations and food security by MAO to include seed banking and nursery of hardwood and fruit trees, and mangrove conservation; and d). propagation of disaster resilient crops and a training on Organic Farming and Diversified Integrated Farming Systems will be launched, also in partnership with the MAO. Also in the pipeline is the formulation and implementation of a system on emergency response. Activities related to this are the following: a). Disaster Needs Capacities Assessment (DNCA); b). Relief Delivery Operations (RDO); and c). Evacuation Management. As part of the DRR education and information campaign, the MDRRMC is planning to hold a motorcade within Lian. This is to provide DRR related information to the residents as well as to impart the culture of safety among the community members. Flyers, brochures and posters will be distributed to all barangays of the municipality. These mentioned plans including the necessary budget will be submitted by the MDRRMC to the Sangguning Bayan for review and approval. A copy will then be furnished to the local Commission on Audit (COA).

Apr 1, 2011

sharing drr to the municipal council of lian

The Center for Social Concern and Action of the De La Salle University Manila, conducted an orientation on Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) last 28 March 2011 to the Municipal Council of Lian, Batangas. Discussion focused on Republic Act 10121 or the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Law of 2010. The participants were given a clearer understanding of the newly-approved legal instrument. COSCA also emphasized the urgent need to draft and implement a Municipal Ordinance to allocate a portion of their municipal budget for use in disaster preparedness activities. In principle, the municipal officials have agreed that 5% of the Internal Revenue Allocation be used for disaster management activities such as preparation, emergency response and others. Most of the Sangguniang Bayan members were also made aware of the consequences of disasters and thus stressed the importance of disaster preparedness and management. Add to this is the possible effects of a tidal wave or tsunami hitting the coastal barangays of the said municipality since a study commissioned by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Region IV-A has placed Lian on the list of areas with high risk. The SB members have also discussed and agreed to implement a plan for the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC). Upon approval of the necessary budget, funds will be utilized for Disaster Risk Reduction activities. In the meantime, the SB is set to draft a municipal ordinance providing for funds as prescribed by the national law. Municipal Councilor Exequiel L. Bonuan requested the assistance of Ms. Isabel Lanada, COSCA DRR Project Technical Facilitator in drafting said legal instrument. Ms. Lanada, also stressed that the DRR project in Lian, Batangas is a partnership between DLSU and the local government unit thus, placed importance on resource counterpart of each. The following also actively participated during the session: Carlito C. Caisip, Erwin M. Austria, Mr. Florencio M. Masipag, and Roland H. Magyaya (Municipal Councilors), Jesper B. Austria (Sangguniang Kabataan President), Teodoro D. Palahang (Association of Barangay Captain President), and SB Presiding Officer and Vice Mayor Benito Magbago.

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