Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts


November 30, 2010


Lian MDRRMC Brainstorming/planning for the year 2011




  1. Raymunda P. Banaag (MHO)
  2. Deonito A. Jonson (MAO)
  3. Norman E. Mendoza (Office of the Mayor)
  4. Anselmo R. Astilla (MFARMC)
  5. Ariel b. Casihan (PO)
  6. Rey Pomarca (COSCA-DLSU)
  7. Alvin M. Jonson (MENRO)
  8. Valentina E. De Los Reyes ( MSDWDO)
  9. Maria Isabel Lanada (COSCA-DLSU)
  10. James Concio (PO)
  11. Ramil De La Cruz

Objectives of the brainstorming, meeting, planning re:  Lian MDRRMC Program for the year 2011:

  1. To be able to gather initial know how of MDCC on Disaster Management.
  2. To come up initial MDRRMC plan for the year 2011.
  3. To identify gaps in Disaster Management and formulate resolutions/recommendations.
  4. Review and make recommendations to MDCC old structure.

Flow of discussion:

  1. Opening Prayer, expectation check and introduction of participants
  2.  Opening Remarks/message from Mr. Alvin Jonson and Ms. Suzett Vergara re: MDRRMC brainstorming context. (Miss Vergara not present/attended Liga ng mga Sangguniang Kabataan election)
  3. Presentation of current MDCC structure and proposed roles and responsibilities of each committee (c/o Mr. Alvin Jonson)
  4. Input:  RA 10121 “An act strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System providing for the NATIONAL DISASTER RISK REDUCTION  AND MANAGEMENT PLAN, appropriating funds therefore and for other purposes” also known as “THE PHILIPPINE DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2010” PDRRM Act of 2010 (c/o Isabel Lanada)
  5. Presentation and review of current MDCC plan (c/o Alvin Jonson)
  6. Review and drafting of MDRMMC structure, roles and responsibilities, and plans (c/o Isabel Lanada)
  7. Plenary: Presentation of collated MDRMMC plans and roles and responsibilities of committees (for review and critique)
  8. Feed backing/assessment

Introduction and rapport building was facilitated by the DRR technical facilitator.  (Please see above names of attendees).


  1. To formulate/develop plans and programs how to counter the adverse impact of disasters (“ makabuo ng mga hakbang upang makaiwas sa anumang sakuna at matinding tama nito”).
  2. To learn methods and strategies in handling/confronting the impacts of disaster and how to manage in times of disaster or emergency situation (“ matuto sa mga strategy sa pagharap sa disaster pag dumating na lalo na pag emergency”)
  3. Attend trainings and workshops (“makilahok sa mga pagsasanay”)
  4. Learn how to manage our oceans and seas for environmental preservations and conservations.
  5. Talk about how to help our fellow countrymen and talk about how to manage and help victims of disaster (“pag-usapan paano ang wastong pagtulong at pagbabantay sa panahon ng kalamidad, pag-usapan paano makatulong sa mga nasalanta”)


  • Urgency to lobby the formulation and approval of municipal ordinance re: DRR.
  • Invite representative from the OCD to discuss details of the RA 10121 specifically the mandatory concerns in the installation of MDRRMO and financial management.
  • Draft initial municipal ordinance and easily recommend to the SB for their review and approval.
  • Convene MDCC/MDRRMC in January to discuss and review the structure and come up resolutions and plans of actions.
  • Responsibilities and organizational concerns: 1 municipality affected, in-charge will be the MDRRMC and not the PDRRMC or RDRRMC.  Two or more will be for the RDMMC or PDRRMC.
  • 1 baranggay affected, in-charge will be the BDRRMC, two or more Baranggays affected; in-charge will be the MDRRMC.
  • The need to clarify the 5%  (30% for disaster response, 70% will be allotted to mitigation, disaster preparedness and mitigation) and therefore there is a need to discuss the details/plans and for approval of SB.
  • MENRO/MDCC chairwoman received memorandum from the local COA re” calamity fund which is stated as National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund or NDRRM Fund”.  For review and study of MENRO and MDCC/MDRRMC.


  • IEC activities in Lian are in preparation for July 2011 in celebration/commemoration of National Disaster Month all over the country.  It was also advised to conduct municipal wide forum in preparation of National Disaster Month major program (launching campaign).
  • Recommend faculties/students to conduct thesis/research re: impacts of Absolute factory/refinery factory (alcohol) in Baranggay Malaruhatan and Bagong Pook to come up second opinion/studies.

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.

consultation meeting with DRRM practitioners
consultation meeting with DRRM practitioners

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.

scenes from an evac center during typhoon ondoy
scenes from an evac center during typhoon ondoy

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.

Bill Brower is a Field Program Officer with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout South and Southeast Asia. On March 5th he met with Joseph Rosal of the De la Salle University Center for Social Concern and Action and Noli Abinales of their implementing partner, Buklod Tao, in the COSCA office in Manila. His “Postcard” from the visit:

COSCA has already reported on their initial response to last year’s Typhoon Ondoy; in speaking with them and seeing pictures, it does appear that money from GlobalGiving’s generous donors was able to help many people in the chaotic days and weeks following the storm with emergency supplies and medical teams. There is still some money left and I was happy to hear that it will be going to disaster risk reduction—replicating in other communities the success Buklod Tao has had in San Mateo. Too often disaster response is limited to what can be done ex post facto, missing the most effective way to save lives: being prepared before the worst hits.

Noli Abinales and others started Buklod Tao in 1997 as a community-based disaster management team. They trained rescue teams, fabricated rescue boats and developed an early warning system. Since then there have been no casualties in their community, unlike in neighboring communities. Their primary initiative these days is “on-site relocation”—building higher, safer homes in the communities where vulnerable families live. They have also been putting up embankment walls, some with the help of DLSU students, to help prevent flooding. I’m happy that GlobalGiving money will allow COSCA and Buklod Tao to expand these life-saving initiatives to other communities, long after much of the world’s attention has moved on to Haiti, Chile, China…


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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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