Thank you again for your generous donation to GlobalGiving's Philippine Flood Relief Fund, which supported the disaster relief efforts of three organizations based in the Philippines after Tropical Storm Washi swept through in December 2011: De La Salle University in Manila, Merlin, and SIBAT (Sibol Ng Agham At Teknolohiya Inc).
Each organization assisted storm survivors by helping them meet basic needs. The community of De La Salle University came together to direct relief services and supplies such as food and blankets to families in areas that were badly affected. Merlin provided hygiene kits to families in these areas to prevent the spread of disease that can often occur after storms have wiped out medical centers. SIBAT was rehabilitating a storm-damaged hydro power plant in Rapu-Rapu, Albay Province so that members of a small coastal community could move towards a stronger sustainable economy.
Now, the social development unit of De La Salle University in Manila, the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA), is partnering with local government to build the skills of local officials in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. COSCA hosted a Disaster Risk Reduction and Management workshop for 42 government officials from March 20-22, 2012. The 42 participants practiced utilizing social networking platforms, early warning systems, and alarms to respond to future disasters quickly and efficiently. They also participated in field visits to local hazard prone areas. Afterwards, participants expressed strong interest in taking what they'd learned at the workshop to put into organized practice in their municipalities.
Thank you again for your generous donation to the Philippine Flood Relief Fund. Your donation has meant so much. You've assisted locally operated organizations in saving lives during a natural disaster. Now, your donation is supporting the training of local government officials so that they can continue to respond to natural disasters in the fastest and most coordinated way possible. Would you like to donate again to support local organizations as they prepare for future disasters?
Thank you for all that you do.
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