The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) coordinated and facilitated the endorsement of relief food supplies to eight (8) partner organizations in National Capital Region (NCR) and two (2) provinces namely Batangas and Quezon of the affected families due to Typhoon Glenda. A total of 1112 families received the relief assistance.
COSCA also conducted and facilitated training on community-based disaster risk management to five barangays in Tubabao, Island, Guian, Eastern Samar.
The Center also conducted and facilitated training needs assessment on Community-based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) in Lian, Batangas. The fishers and other service sector of the community expressed their concerns in implementing alternative livelihood activities to augment their family income. The MDRRMC recommended to Brgy Chairman of six (6) coastal communities to display signage in the area. Prepare, plan and coordinate with the potential partners in the community disaster trainings. The MENRO suggested the identification of possible livelihood based on the availability of community resources. Majority of the barangay chairman agreed on the recommendation however financial limitation hinders the procurement of the signage. The following were the future plans of the project in Lian: 1). Determine the target timeline of the coastal communities; 2). Identify the external community resources for possible resource speaker in the community disaster training; and 3). Prepare and sign of MOA related to community-based disaster risk management trainings in the coastal communities.
COSCA also coordinated and facilitated the endorsement of relief items to two (2) partner organizations in National Capital Region (NCR) being affected families by Typhoon Mario. A total of 250 families received the relief assistance.
The Center also coordinated and facilitated the conveyance of 36 boxes of school supplies, 7 boxes of toiletries and 3 boxes of children’s wear in Polopina Elementary School Concepcion, Iloilo.
De La Salle University in partnership with De La Salle Philippines (and the rest of the Lasalle schools in Luzon) has sent approximately 12k family relief packs to Guiuan (Samar), Coron (Palawan) and Leyte. Recipient includes diocese and local parishes. In addition, DLSU was able to send the following items last Dec 2013: Blessed Sacrament Parish (129 sacks and 27 boxes of old clothes, relief packs and drinking water); St Catherine Alexandria Church (321 sacks and 29 boxes of old clothes, 245 assorted bottles of drinking water and 67 boxes of 500ml drinking water); San Jose Antique Social Action Center (63 sacks, 64 boxes and 3 large plastic bags of old clothes). Items were sent via free freight courtesy of LBC Foundation.
COSCA has partnered with the AES Philippines Power Foundation, a power company in the implementation of the Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support Project for Yolanda survivors. The project assisted the psycho- social needs of 202 residents of SOS Village (Tacloban City and Barangay Tigbao). The psychosocial /stress debriefing activity dubbed “Kumustahan – Estoryahay” held last December 17 to 19, 2013 was implemented through the participation of eleven (11) guidance counsellors, social workers and community development workers from COSCA and the Office of Counselling and Career Services (OCCS), DLSU - Dasmarinas and DLSU Science and Technology Campus. The stress debriefing activity also served as venue for identifying potential participants to the Training of Trainers which will be implemented to capacitate the village and the community in implementing future psychosocial interventions in the area and in identifying children or individuals needing secondary psychosocial interventions.
De La Salle Philippines –Lasallian Justice and Peace Commission met last Feb 3 to discuss the One Lasalle rehabiliatation plans for Yolanda stricken provinces and the following are the highlights:
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