Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts



The southwest monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by tropical storm “Maring” (international name – Trami) brought  heavy rains during the last three days (from Aug 19 to 21, 2013) causing widespread flooding  in  Metro Manila and  parts of Luzon.  The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reports that approximately 223,991 families were badly affected translating to 1,06,094 people in 1,028 barangays from  80 municipalities and 35 cities in five regions.  Of these, 29,041 families or 132,969 individuals are sheltered in evacuation areas while 30,754 families or 148,157 persons were housed with friends and relatives. It also reported that 8 persons died, 41 were injured, and 4 others missing. Damage to agriculture and infrastructure in Regions I, IV-A, IV-B, and the Cordillera is initially estimated at PhP 66,763,939.

Call for Support

Partner communities of De La Salle University also appeal for support after their homes were flooded or washed away. The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) issued a call for cash/check and in-kind donations using various means.  Donations may include any of the following:


FOOD ITEMS: • rice • canned goods • dried fish • mung beans • sugar • vegetable oil • coffee • milk • bottled water • noodles;


NON-FOOD ITEMS • clothes (pants, t-shirts, shorts, underwear) • plastic sheets • sleeping mats • blankets • kitchen utensils • medicines • water containers • laundry soaps • sanitary napkins • tissue; and


OTHER MATERIALS INCLUDE • construction supplies (housing repairs) • fishing nets • seeds;


Donation boxes are found along the DLSU campus.  Donors may also opt to donate items to La Salle schools nearest them. Please contact Ms. Mei Guanzon, CMSD Program Manager at (02) 525-4267 to coordinate cash and check donations.

The Center for Social Concern and Action tries its hands on pilot testing a food security approach at Lian, Batangas.

COSCA continued its support and monitoring activities to three (3) pilot barangays of Bungahan, San Diego and Cumba last June 2013. 

It is in Brgy. Bungahan that COSCA introduced the concept of food security by encouraging the local residents to establish a vegetable garden. The idea is simple. Have the residents grow typical vegetables they use as viands for their meals. They tend it like the usual garden. Fruits and other produce can be harvested during lean season or during periods of typhoon.  Vegetables and root crops include Eggplants, Squash, Corn, Okra, and Sweet Potato.

A tree planting event was conducted in Brgy. San Diego and participated in by its local residents and members of the BDRRMC.  Native tree species were used and planted along critical areas within the brgy to help prevent the effects of floodings, soil erosion and others.

Farm tools and a tree planting event was done in Brgy. Cumba.

A follow up visit was conducted by the team last June 18, 2013 at the three (3) pilot barangays Banawang, Pag-asa and Ibaba, all of Bagac, Bataan. 

The  Local Government Unit (LGU) of  Lian, Batangas, in partnership with the De La Salle University-Center for Social Concern and Action (DLSU-COSCA) conducted a series  of  orientation training  on the salient features of  the Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Act of 2010 (Republic Act No. 10121).  The  orientation which primarily  aims  to  enhance the  capacities of  local government  units such as the LGU Lian  focused particularly on two major topics: a)  Relief Delivery Operations (RDO) and  b)  Evacuation Management

Eighteen (18) Municipal DRMM  Officers  participated in the  orientation training  held  last  February  5 to 6, 2013 at the municipal conference hall  of  Lian, Batangas.  A similar  series of  training  participated  by  the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Officers (BDRRMOs)  were conducted in the session halls  of Barangay  San Diego, Lian, Batangas  (attended by  31 BDRRMOs) on February  11 to 13, 2013,  Barangay  Bungahan  (attended by  26 BDRRMOs)on  February  21 to 21, 2013, and  Barangay Cumba (attended by  25 BDRRMOs) on February 28, 2013.   

Mr. Norman Mendoza, Lian’s  Municipal DRRMO shared  that the orientation which aimed at informing the local DRMMOs  on the major changes and improvements on the disaster management system in the country was relevant.  According  to Mr. Mendoza, the training  served as venue for  them as  Municiapal DRMMOs to  better  understand  and appreciate the new DRRM Law. 

The said series of  Disaster Preparedness Training  were  implemented  by  DLSU-COSCA in partnership  with the  LGU Lian (Batangas) to help facilitate the institutionalization of  relevant systems and mechanisms for better disaster risk reduction and management at the local level.  The sessions  paved the way for the establishment of  Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committees (BDRRMC’s)  in the three (3) pilot barangays of  Lian.   Major  output  of the  training  includes  the  following: a) the  development  by the local councils  of their own evacuation management plans,  b) drafting  of   resolutions/ordinances for the formation of  the organization of the Barangay DRRM Council  for  each barangay, and c)  development  of the Disaster Risk Reduction Plan for 2013.

In 2011 to 2012,  members of  the Municipal DRRMC  attended an orientation conducted by the DLSU-COSCA on the DRRM Act of  2010 (RA 10121)  and on Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 for them to appreciate the new law and its implementing rules and regulations.  Relative to this, the DLSU-COSCA Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Coordinator Maria Isabel B. Lanada has conducted an executive forum for Lian’s  local chief executives  (LCEs)in the municipality.  The  forum  for the LCEs aimed to inform them  on the relevance of organizing  the MDRRMC,  the  need to establish  the DRRMOs and the Operation Centers (OPCENs)  in their respective localities,  on the utilization and allocation of the local DRRM Fund and on  the interventions that  need to be sought from the national and other funding sources.

The death toll from Tropical Cyclone Pablo (Bopha) breached the 1,000 mark as it hit 1,020 as of Sunday morning December 30, 2012 the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. In its 5 a.m. report, the NDRRMC also said that at least 2,662 were injured while 844 remain missing in the wake of Pablo, which devastated parts of Mindanao and Visayas. Also, the NDRRMC noted the number of people affected by Pablo has exceeded six million, with 701,224 families or 6,203,826 people affected. Of these, 6,937 families or 27,813 people are still staying in 60 evacuation centers. The NDRRMC also said 63,040 houses were destroyed while 95,544 were damaged. Damaged caused by Pablo was estimated at P24,160,920,528.05, including: - P16, 350,529,805.05 in agriculture - P7, 761,431,310 in infrastructure - P48, 959,413 in private properties - LBG, GMA News Meanwhile, Br. Ophelia Fugoso, President of De La Salle John Bosco College (DLSJBC) Bislig, Surigao del Sur sent a letter of appeal to De La Salle Philippines (DLSP) asking for financial and in-kind donations. DLSJBC spearheaded our ONE LA SALLE Initiative for the Affected Families of Typhoon Pablo. DLSJBC thru its Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council continued its Relief Delivery Operation (RDO) Municipality of Lingig, the town that borders Surigao del Sur and hardly hit Davao Oriental. Below are the contributions of the different La Salle schools. A. In-Kind Donations: DLSU-Dasmarinas DLSU-CSB DLSU-Manila 180 boxes of assorted relief items (toiletries, clothes, noodles, water, medicines). Sent through De La Salle -College of Saint Benilde partner regional center of Citizen's Disaster Response Center-MISFI La Salle ASMC was able to sent 1,235 pieces canned goods, 885 packs noodles and 681 packs rice sent through ABS CBN Sagip Kapamilya. De La Salle Zobel 180 pieces assorted toys and 560 pieces of story books and activity books (will be distributed this coming January 13, 2012 DLSP-LJPC Team Field Visit in Baganga, Davao Oriental) DLSJBC "Bundles of Joy" 89,443.40 At present, affected families are also in dire need of light construction materials for their temporary shelters. Other materials such as old tarpaulins, plastic sheets, medicines, shoes and slippers, educational and food supplies for the affected families. You can drop it off at De La Salle University- Manila South Gate. Meanwhile, the De La Salle Philippines (DLSP) - Lasallian for Justice and Peace Commission (LJPC) National Coordinator Miss Ma. Lourdes F. Melegrito will be sending a team composed of DLSU-Manila and DLSU-Dasmarinas to conduct Damage, Needs, and Capacities Assessment (DNCA) this coming January 12 to 15, 2013 to further evaluate the current situation and needs of the adopted communities and come up upcoming activities for our ONE LASALLE Disaster Management Program.##

The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) of the De La Salle University conducted a municipal wide orientation on the integration of Climate Change Adaptation and DRRM to Local Government Unit of Lian, Batangas last October 19, 2012.

Twenty two (22) members of their Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council participated in one-day session facilitated by Ms. Maria Isabel Lanada of DLSU-COSCA and Mr. Alvin Jonson from Municipal Environmental & Natural Resources Office (MENRO).

Mr. Jonson presented scientific studies conducted by De La Salle University College of Science (DLSU-COS) and University of the Philippines (UP) about the impacts of Climate Change in the municipality of Lian, Batangas. According to the researches, the municipality was categorized as high risk in Tsunami in Region IV-A. It also revealed that  the area ranks low in its capacities (reduce production of target species in marine and fresh water systems) and therefore there is an urgent need to continue its programs relevant to climate change adaptation and environmental preservation such as mangrove nurseries/planting, tree planting, and ensure the strict compliance and implementation of the Marine Protected Area (MPA). 

Municipal Mayor Osita Vergara and Municipal Accountant Genrisa Medrano suggested to MDRRMC to duplicate/replicate its best practices in Coastal Resource Management in Barangay Lumaniag to all coastal barangays in Lian as part of its mitigation program. 

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Officer Randy Oliquino facilitated the orientation on Incident Management System; he presented proposed emergency response management and handling system during disaster. While Chief Laguardia of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) gave orientation and demonstration on fire prevention and fire drills.  They also demonstrated various forms of firemen carry to capacitate the members of MDRRMC.  In line with this, they also presented how to use the fire extinguisher and what are the various types of fire and tips before during and after fire event.

At the end of the session, Ms. Lanada as the DLSU-DRR Program Coordinator facilitated the discussion in preparation for municipal wide fire and tsunami drill and exercises on November 8-10, 2012, as well as the review of DRR 2012 plan and other pending DRR activities. 

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De La Salle University

Manila, NCR, Philippines

Project Leader

Lourdes Melegrito

Director, Center for Social Concern and Action
Manila, National Capital Region Philippines

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