Courtesy Call to the Local Government Unit of the Municipality of Bagac, Bataa
The project team from the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) held a courtesy call to selected officials of the Municipality of Bagac, Bataan last December 13, 2010. The two-fold objectives of the visit are the following: 1). to reiterate the commitment of the center to provide capacity building on Disaster Risk Reduction to its partner communities as stipulated during two post-Ondoy workshops held at DLSU in 2009 and 2). to initially ascertain the commitment of both parties to undertake this joint initiative.
De La Salle University Manila (DLSU) has long been a partner of the mentioned LGU in specific developmental initiatives in the municipality since 2008. COSCA in partnership with the Jaime Hilario Integrated School (JHIS) has been instrumental in the formation of the Sitio Looc Municipal Fishers Association (SLMFA), a local people’s organization based in the coastal community along Looc Bay. This Lasallian partnership project has also managed to construct 30 housing units for approximately 30 fisher-families relocated from the disaster prone foreshore to a relatively safe area within the school compound.
The project team led by Ms. Isabel Lanada, Project Technical Facilitator and Mr. Rolando Palma, Project Community Organizer met with Mr. Rommel Vasquez Del Rosario, Local Chief Executive of Bagac, Bataan and Mr. Guillermo Mendoza Jr his Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer of the Sangguniang Bayan (local legislative council). The meeting focused on the localization of Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Act of 2010, a comprehensive piece of legislation mandating disaster preparedness for communities. Their discussion centered on the law specifically on the role of the local government units in partnership with private sectors to restructure existing local disaster mechanisms to fit the requirements of the new law and to assure disaster resiliency of the communities.
The team was also fortunate to have met Ms. Eugenia Galvez, the Municipal Administrator who expressed openness of her office to participate in the said initiative and their willingness to integrate DRR concerns within the Municipal Development Plan for 2011. It can be said that the highlight of the visit is the commitment of the LGU to allocate five percent of their Internal Revenue Allocation (IRA) for DRR activities and the passage of a new municipal ordinance on Disaster Management to conform with the existing national legal framework,
November 30, 2010
Lian MDRRMC Brainstorming/planning for the year 2011
Objectives of the brainstorming, meeting, planning re: Lian MDRRMC Program for the year 2011:
Flow of discussion:
Introduction and rapport building was facilitated by the DRR technical facilitator. (Please see above names of attendees).
QUESTIONS/RESOLUTIONS RE: RA 10121
The Disaster Risk Reduction project for the communities of Lian, Batangas and Bagac, Bataan is now on full swing. The project has recently hired a Project Technical Facilitator who will be in-charge of project implementation within the mentioned sites. Essentially, the project aims to conduct the following components: undertake a participatory action research for DRR; institutionalization of DRR within the local government units; and capacity building on DRR for partner sites. Participatory research for DRR entails the conduct of the following activities: profiling of the community where the intervention is to take place; conduct of studies on hazards and other sources of vulnerabilities; and inventory of previous or existing disaster related projects and legal instruments. Institutionalization of DRR within the LGU entails the following: formation of both a municipal wide DRR structure as well as several barangay based DRR groups; conduct of a local based DRR action planning session; and more importantly, the passage of a municipal ordinance establishing the DRR mechanism for the partner sites. Capacity building on DRR for community partners entail the conduct of the following: drafting and finalization of 6 DRR training modules; creation of a pool of DRR trainers from the LGU; conduct of the actual training using the finalized DRR modules; and a cross-visit to a DRR managed community in San Mateo, Rizal or Albay province in Bicol. Essence of the entire DRR intervention is building the capacity of the local government units to prepare and appropriately respond to disaster episodes. Thus focus is given to the 6 DRR modules. DRR module 1 is on the salient features of Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010; DRR module 2 is on the basic concepts of disaster; DRR module 3 is on scope, phase and activities in disaster management; DRR module 4 is on skills in disaster management; DRR module 5 is on community disaster drill; and lastly DRR module 6 is on search, rescue and recovery management. The DRR intervention will run initially for 1 year.
Essence of disaster preparedness and risk management
The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) and its internal and external partners have recently sat down to discuss future disaster response actions. During the 22 June 2010 meeting, representatives from the center, selected faculty members from the university, disaster management practitioners from the Center for Disaster Preparedness and Management (CDP) and Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) and the founder of Buklod Tao, a peoples’ organization established in San Mateo, Rizal got together to plan out disaster management activities for external partners. To aid the group, the following inputs were provided during the session: presentation of the Lasalyano Kaakibat tuwing Sakuna (LAKAS): the DLSU disaster response mechanism; presentation of the results of two post-Ondoy consultation-workshops held last year; and highlights of the new law mandating disaster risk reduction and management in the Philippines.
The major output of the session was the formulation of the DLSU Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Action Framework, incorporating the concepts of DRRM and academe-local government unit-NGO partnership. The framework stressed collaborative efforts among the major stakeholders in disaster risk reduction as well as placing emphasis on the community based approach. This framework will also serve to guide the university and its major partners in providing disaster related support to external communities as well as the basis for capacity building for both the university and the partner sites.
The center will pilot the said DRRM initiative in two pre-selected communities of Lian, Batangas and Bagac, Bataan, were community organizing efforts are currently being undertaken.
All of these initiatives will run parallel to the existing university commitment to build gabion boxes along the Nangka River in San Mateo, Rizal in an effort to strengthen the riverbanks against erosion and the fine-tuning of the Disaster Response Mechanism of DLSU.
With the impending approval of the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, the De La Salle University Manila through the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) in partnership with internal and external stakeholders in disaster work will hold a third session to conceptualize and initially draft the university’s DRR plans for external partners for school year 2010 to 2011. This is the 3rd of the series of disaster related forums started last 2009 immediately preceding the typhoon Ondoy incident. The first two workshops highlighted the lack of disaster preparations in local communities as well as limited response and rehabilitation activities provided by service institutions.
This third workshop is crucial not only due to the soon to be passed DRR framework to be adopted by the country but moreso on the factoring in of the Climate Change Adaptation strategies as a major consideration in DRR planning. This forum tentatively scheduled for 22 June 2010 is to be attended in by the following COSCA partners in disaster preparedness work: a representative from the Behavioral Science Department of DLSU; representatives from Citizen Disaster Response Network; and selected representatives from the local communities.
Expected to be discussed during the forum are the following: conceptualization of an academic based CCA-DRR framework; course content for a CCA-DRR planning process for 2 pilot sites in Bagac, Bataan and Lian, Batangas; and the conduct of vulnerability studies for the mentioned pilot sites focusing on the identification of potential hazards. Ultimately, the goal of the entire exercise is the provision of relevant packages of services to the pilot sites to ensure the communities’ resiliency during disaster episodes and the replication of these initiatives to other COSCA partner sites.
Parallel to this activity is the continued procurement and storing of necessary relief items as part of the immediate response mechanism of COSCA and the on-going construction of gabion boxes in San Mateo, Rizal. This is a structural enhancement system to ensure stability of the riverbanks during floodings and other extreme conditions.
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Director, Center for Social Concern and Action
National Capital Region