Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts

by De La Salle University
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts
Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts

     The De La Salle University - Center for Social Concern and Action continue to pursue initiatives to assist the vulnerable sectors affected by the pandemic and other calamities such as typhoon.

 

Rekindling the Damayan spirit through the Community Pantry

 

     In support of De La Salle Philippine’s KADA-Uno, and through the Office of the Lasallian Mission, De La Salle University - Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) supported DLSU’s community pantry and the community pantry initiatives of its partner community-based organizations. This initiative has also been an opportunity for Lasallians to rekindle the spirit of "damayan" during this pandemic and in times of disaster. Students, faculty members, staff members, parents, alumni have shown their support for the relief drive by serving as volunteers, donating goods and money, and requesting network and partner organizations for donations.

 

Disaster Preparedness Activities through the Digital Platform

 

     The pandemic enables to pursue awareness and capacity-building activities through the digital platform. The harsh aftermath of typhoons such as typhoon Ulysses that struck the country in 2020 continues to challenge the country’s disaster management response. COSCA, through its Lasallian Sustainable Development Program’s Lasallian Environmental Sustainability and Governance (L-EnviSaGe) and its Student Social Formation Program’s De La Salle-Red Cross Youth (DLS-RCY) facilitated the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management webinar, “Kaalaman, Kaagapan, at Kahandaan sa Panahon ng Bagyo” (KKK sa Bagyo) on July 31, 2021 via Zoom link and Facebook (DLSU-COSCA and DLSU RCY Page links).

 

     The webinar which aimed to raise awareness on the typhoon season in the Philippines and provide practical and helpful tips necessary for communities to get prepared for the typhoon season was participated by members of COSCA’s partner communities such as the following: Samahan ng mga Mandaragat sa Sulok, Lian Fisherfolk Association, Inc., Women’s Love, SAGIP, Samahan ng mga Maliliit na Mangingisda sa Binubusan, among others, DLSU-COSCA student volunteers and the general public (social media viewers/participants).

 

     Invited resource speakers from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Ms. S. Reyes, discussed, in general, the occurrence of the typhoon season in the country, and the representative from the Philippine Red Cross, Ms. A. Balidoy, elaborated on typhoon preparedness, emergency response during a typhoon and the need for disaster-ready bags.

 

     A panel of reactors including Ka (Filipino term for Partner) Noli Abinales, BUKLOD-TAO, one of DLSU-COSCAs’ partner organizations; Ms. N.Barmejo, a student volunteer, and Ms. R. Oquendo from the University Safety Office were invited. The forum opened the discussion of the following areas that will help encourage vulnerable sectors to ensure their safety and not solely be dependent on the government’s response during and after a disaster: Evacuation Center Bill, a proposed Bill which seeks to establish standard-based relief shelters in the country as a measure of safety especially during disasters; Disaster Reduction Management at home (instilling preparedness from the family to the community); and Preparedness as a contingency plan (as an effective measure of safety)(Info and photo source: LSDP COSCA Activity Report and community partners' reports).

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     The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) is the social development arm of the De La Salle University. COSCA acknowledges the important role of the people in the community in terms disaster preparedness and mitigation.

     DLSU-COSCA supports its partner communities through partnership building and by strengthening organizations that support climate change adaptation, mitigation, and protection of our environment.

     Equally recognizing its role as a resource for knowledge generation and advocacy sharing, DLSU-COSCA implements and supports awareness building for people at the frontline and are directly affected by typhoons, flooding, and other calamities.

     The pandemic only pushes DLSU-COSCA to pursue awareness and capacity-building activities through a digital platform. The presentation and sharing by Ms. Sapugay, COSCA's Lasallian Environmental Sustainability, and Governance Component Specialist, highlighted the sharing of experiences of community members and partner organizations in terms of the following: (a.) readiness of self and family if a disaster happens, (b.) ensuring the safety of self and family members, and (c.) roles and contributions in the context of climate change and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM).

     The partners' formation session also discussed the current state and trends on DRRM in the Philippines. The session provided community partners a venue to share their experiences, learnings, and re-examine the challenges in community preparedness and disaster response.

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Photo by  LSDP L-ENVISAGE  &  COSCA Partners
Photo by LSDP L-ENVISAGE & COSCA Partners

Many parts of Luzon in the Philippines were heavily affected by Super Typhoon (STY) Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses. 

Typhoon Rolly (with international name Goni), the most powerful storm recorded worldwide for 2020 made landfall on 2 November 2020 in the Philippines in the island province of Catanduanes in Southern Luzon-with catastrophic winds of up to 280 kilometers per hour and torrential rainfall. While the people adversely affected by STY Rolly were finding refuge in makeshift houses and temporary shelters provided by their respective local government units and by concerned private individuals and organizations, another typhoon, Typhoon Ulysses (international name Vamco), visited the Philippines in the same month of November 2020.

Through the DLSU Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committee (DRRMC) and in support of Kada Uno relief operations, assistance was sought to provide relief to our affected brothers and sisters, specifically in the areas of Bicol, Batangas, Marikina, Rizal, Cagayan, and Isabela. Both Super Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses left many families homeless, damaged infrastructures, and hampered economic activities. The most affected children and their families face risks including exposure to COVID-19 and other diseases due to crowding in evacuation centers, as well as further depletion of resources prevented families and local governments to respond timely and sufficiently.

Propelled by the situation and the Lasallian Guiding Principles, the DLSU through its DRRMC and in support of the Kada Uno relief operations, facilitated and called upon the community to contribute and share (i.e. relief items or money) to the response. A rapid damage/needs assessment and capacities assessment was undertaken by DLSU. Total donations received as of December 17, 2020, amounted to Php 0.563 Mn. The overwhelming gesture of generosity has given once again more substance to the Lasallian Core Values of Faith, Service, and Communion in Mission.

The donations have provided relief to about 1,544 families in the following areas/sectors in the Philippines through partner /facilitating organizations: Guinobatan, Albay ( 200 families /Diocese of Legazpi - Social Action Center), Lian, Batangas (141 families/ LGU Lian Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office), Santolan, Pasig City (121 families/ St. Vincent Foundation for Children and Aging-Unbound Manila-Pasig), Novaliches, Quezon City ( 50 families / Samahan ng Mamamayan ng Bagbag Tullahan Housing Cooperative), Masambong, Quezon City (155 families/ Kababaihang Yumayabong sa Kagalingan-Quezon City), Rodriguez and Tanay, Rizal (300 families/ Kada Uno De La Salle Philippines / Teresa Charities for the Elderly Program Inc.), Virac, Catanduanes (200 families/ Diocese of Virac - Caritas Virac Justice and Peace Inc.), Rodriguez, Rizal ( 200 families/ Kada Uno De La Salle Philippines / Akap sa Bata Philippines), and San Mateo, Rizal (90 families/ Buklod Tao, Inc.).

In addition, the University was able to assist some 57 DLSU students and personnel affected by STY Rolly and Ulysses.

Photo by  LSDP L-ENVISAGE  &  COSCA Partners
Photo by LSDP L-ENVISAGE & COSCA Partners
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        Facilitating community engagement activities such as visiting the coastal communities  in Lian, Batangas, one of the project areas of the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) of the De La Salle University (DLSU)-Manila deepens community  involvement  of  members of the academic community.

      The challenge of COVID 19 pandemic and all related quarantine  measures and required health protocols only helped strengthen collaboration among communities, the private  sector and government institutions.  DLSU-COSCA facilitated activities such as the provision of food packs to assist vulnerable sectors like our local fishers in Lian, Batangas affected by the pandemic. 

       Amid the contagion, COSCA continue to pursue mangrove reforestation and rehabilitation activities through strengthened partnerships-providing opportunities to members of the academic community and or its stakeholders to contribute to environmental conservation and protection initiatives, in line with the framework of faith in action.

      Mangrove seedlings of Avicennia sp. (900 propagules) were successfully planted in a newly identified planting site in Sitio KayReyna, Lumaniag, Lian, Batangas.  The mangrove tree planting activity was made possible through the collaboration of  Santugon sa Tawag ng Panahon and Civil Engineering Society (CES) (DLSU-based student organizations), Lian Fisherfolk Association, Inc. (LFA) and DLSU-COSCA. COSCA coordinated with LGU Lian, LFA and the student organizations (Santugon and CES) the mangrove planting while the latter provided the logistical requirement and bought  the mangrove seedlings from the nursery of the local fishers.   The actual planting activity was facilitated by 15 members of LFA.

     The COVID-19 pandemic continues to remind  us the importance of empowering our communities and ensuring sustainability of  initiatives - community partners leading grassroots activities.  Members of our partner community organizations will regularly inspect the planted seedlings in keeping with the project’s goal to help communities conserve and protect the environment.

 

 

The following personnel made this activity possible: Mr. Leo Tadena (LSDP Coordinator), Ms. Annadel Sapugay (ENVISAGE Development Specialist), Mr. Noel Quenamot (Community Partnership Specialist) and Mr. Ariel Casihan (President, LFA).

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Psychological First Aid (PFA) Session for Evacuees
Psychological First Aid (PFA) Session for Evacuees

Collaborating with Stakeholders to Support Families and Partner Communities Affected by Calamities

      The De La Salle University-Center for Social Concern and Action extends gratitude to the members of the academic community and to its partner institutions for responding to the call to help our brothers and sisters affected by calamities like the current health crisis, the Taal Volcano eruption and a fire incident in its partner communities.

 Taal Volcano Eruption Psychological First Aid Sessions and Relief Operations  

      A Call for Donation, in support of the One La Salle Relief Operations for Affected Families of the Taal Volcano Eruption was made early this year, encouraged support to help those affected by the calamity.  Cash donations were utilized to buy relief packs for families displaced by the Taal volcano eruption.  Relief packs were distributed to household members in evacuation centers in Lian and San Luis, Batangas.  On the other hand, the delivery and distribution of “in-kind” donations to other affected families was coordinated by COSCA with the respective Relief Operations headquarters of De La Salle Lipa, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, and Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Commission.  Also, volunteer counselors from the Office of Counseling and Career Services facilitated the Psychological First Aid sessions for families temporarily sheltered at the Sto. Toribio Elementary School in Lipa City, Batangas.  

       Efforts to assist identified sectors affected by calamities are facilitated by DLSU-COSCA’s   Lasallian Environmental Sustainability and Governance (L-EnviSaGe) component of its Lasallian Sustainable Development Program.  These initiatives are undertaken in collaboration with the University Student Government, various student volunteer organizations and other stakeholders of the University.

Relief and Recovery Efforts Continue for Families Affected by the Leveriza Fire Incident

      Relief and recovery efforts continue to assist the families affected by the December 19, 2019 fire incident in DLSU-COSCA’s partner communities in Leveriza area.  Cash donations and proceeds from an activity supported the distribution of relief (food) packs to families in affected partner communities:  Barangay 717 (45 relief packs), Barangay 718 (150 relief packs and 4 tents) and Barangay 720 (5 relief packs).  Students and graduates of the DLSU Alternative Learning System shared an additional 5 relief packs to the communities.

      Also, the relief and recovery efforts included the establishment of a temporary shelter at the Tuluyan Center for nineteen affected employees and their families.

      As necessary, provision for an electrical connection to a covered court which provides shelter for the evacuees and the procurement of construction materials to replace damaged structures for the following partner communities were pursued:  Barangay 717 (11 damaged structures) and Barangay 718 (56 damaged structures).  The delivery of these construction materials (initially targeted last March 27, 2020) was postponed with the whole area of Luzon placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine.

Supporting Initiatives during this COVID-19 Pandemic

      The COVID-19 pandemic has rendered everybody’s movements limited and has forced individuals  to stay at home while the declaration to place most areas in enhanced community quarantine has  forced businesses to limit, if not cease operations. This situation placed some members of our communities in difficult financial situations. Some of us may be directly affected or sick, some may be afforded with responsibilities to provide care for a loved one or help in our respective communities. This prompted everyone to continue to think of, act and respond to needs of our families, our partner communities, and the institution that we are part of, as the situation may allow us, we continue as we need to acknowledge this unprecedented reality yet we hold on to the hope that we only have each other and together we shall surpass these challenges.  We continue to support initiatives and continue to hope that we all help each other during these challenging times.

 

(Photos by DLSU-COSCA LSDP and PNDP )

PFA Session with Taal Volcano Eruption Evacuees
PFA Session with Taal Volcano Eruption Evacuees
Relief Operations
Relief Operations
Families affected by  a fire incident in Leveriza
Families affected by a fire incident in Leveriza
Communities affected by the fire incident
Communities affected by the fire incident
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Location: Manila, NCR - Philippines
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