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Summary of the COSCA DRTD initial review of the CB DRRM project (Bagac and Lian)


The CB DRRM project being implemented by COSCA was the result of two major consultations in 2009 with both the internal and external partners of the center in emergency relief operations. Using the learning from the onslaught of Ondoy in Luzon, the emphasis now in DRRM work shifted from providing relief response to disaster prepared and management. Facilitating this task was the approval of RA 10121 (2010 Philippine DRRM Law).

Thus the nature of the CB DRRM engagement in the identified pilot municipality of Bagac and Lian was the following: 1. Develop a training module for external partners (LGU and other groups) based on the provisions of RA 10121, Hyogo Framework for Action and other relevant DRRM materials; 2. Capacitate the partner MDRRMC on the provisions of the new law and other international DRRM framework towards building their own MDRRMC structures and mechanisms; 3. Institutionalize provisions of the new law through local ordinances and resolutions and ensure that its essence is observed.

Summary of the results:

On objective no. 1, the project was able to draft the training module using the provisions of RA 10121 and HFA as references. However, this was not finalized in preparations for eventual publication and distribution to partner LGUs.

On objective no. 2, the project was able to provide a ladderized CB DRRM capacity building session for the members of the MDRRMC and representatives from the pilot DRRM brgys.  The following represents the dates, participating brgys and total number of participants of each training activity:



Jan. 31, 2011 (12 pax, Bagac MDRRMC)

Feb. 15-17, 2011 (17 pax, MDRRMC)

Jan 31 – Feb. 1 ,2012(32 pax, MDRRMC)

March 13-14, 2012, a Disaster Drill and Motorcade was held in Bagac;

July 12, 2012, a landslide drill was conducted at Bgy. Banawang, Bagac with 65 pax;



March 4, 2011 (Total Pax: 16, MDRRMC)

March 11, 2011 (Total Pax: 35, MDRRMC)

March 28, 2011 (Total Pax: 12, BDRRMC)  

June 15-16, 2011 (Total Pax: 42, brgy. Pag-asa)  

April 9, 2011 (Total Pax: 102, Bgy. Bungahan)

April 11-12, 2011(Total Pax: 55, Bgy. Bungahan)

Aug. 19, 2011(Total Pax: 180, brgys Bungahan, San Diego, Tan-ag)

Aug. 18, 2011 (6 Barangays of Cumba, Prenza,Bagong Pook,Humayangan, Lumaniag, Malaruhatan)

Aug. 17, 2011 (8 Barangays of Cumba, Kapito, Malaruhatan, Binubusan, P. Kahoy, Sergio, Balibago, Luyahan, Matabungkay)

May 15-16, 2012 MDRRMC Training on DRRM (19 pax)

May 17, 2012 BDC Training on DRRM for Bgy. Bungahan, San Diego and Cumba

August 16, 2013, Tsunami Drill held in Bgy. San Diego with 269 pax;


Aside from trainings provided by the project, the formed MDRRMC were able to meet regularly to plan out activities:



-Sept. 8, 2011: MDRRM Plan ’11 Approval

-Feb. 17, 2012: Regular MDRRMC Meeting

-May 15, 2012: Field Meeting with MDRRMC: No Agenda Indicated

-July 16, 2012: Meeting with SB Members

-Aug. 6, 2012: MDRRM Plan ’12 Approval

-Sept. 21, 2012: MDRRMC Meeting; No Agenda Indicated

-Oct. 15, 2012: MDRRMC Meeting on DRR Plan

-July 31, 2013: No minutes attached.



 April 5, 2012: Bagac MDRRMC Consultation Meeting

July 9, 2012: MDRRMC Prep meeting for landslide drill

July 19-20, 2012: Municipal Community Based Risk Management Meeting

Sept. 17, 2012: MDRRMC Meeting for CWTS Deployment Preps

Oct. 15, 2012: MDRRMC Meeting on DRR Plan


On objective no.3, the project was able to lobby the LGU to pass relevant municipal ordinances and resolutions adhering to the provisions of RA 10121. These include the following:



Administrative Order e-organizing MDCC to MDRRMC. (A.O. 2011-14 & A.O. 2011-19

Municipal ordinance forming the MDRRMC passed last Sept. 2011 (Ordinance #6, Series of 2011

Bgy. Cumba passed resolution utilizing 70% of calamity fund for the purchase of radio communication equipment. (Resolution #4, Series of 2011)   

Standby Disaster Preparedness Plan Submitted. (undated)   

Municipal ordinance forming the MDRRMC passed last Sept. 2011 (Res. # 080, Series of 2011)   

Bgy. Bungahan passed resolution #4, series of 2013 organizing the BDRRMC.



Bgy. Saysain has included a small portion on Disaster Preparedness in their BDP for 2012-2016.



Possible next steps:


COSCA will be continuing with the capacity building on CB DRRM for the newly established MDRRMC of both Lian and Bagac and would focus on the formation of an emergency response team (includes training of rescue divers-swimmers, mountain rescue and others).


The center will also finalize the CB DRRM training module for external partners. The module will be published and copies will be given to current COSCA partners.

De la salle university together with de la salle philippines spearheaded the relief effort for the survivors of the onslaught of super typhoon yolanda/haiyan in the visayas. Using dlsu as the hub of operations, in kind donations were sorted and repacked by a steady stream of volunteers coming from the general public. Repacking was conducted in a manner consistent with the dlsp family relief pack standards of rice, noodles or munggo beans; cans of sardines or corned beef; bottled water; biscuit; coffee; sugar; salt; candle; match; slippers; clothes; and toiletries.

As a result, the volunteers were able to repack and load a total of 12,000 family relief packages onto container vans bound for guiuan (samar), coron (palawan) and leyte. Our local contacts include diocese, parishes and church based groups who in turn would be incharge of distribution to the communities.

Donations are still arriving and repacking is still on-going at dlsu. By the 1st week of december, we will be shifting to the second phase of our assistance. this now would entail the conduct of psychological first aid. We are currently consolidating our human and logistical resources for this.

Our planned third phase is rehabilitation of schools.

We still need your help.     

The following is an e-postcard from Zamil Akhtar, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines:

When I arrived at the coastal community in Lian, Batangas, the first thing I saw was a basketball court. No community in the Philippines, no matter how poor, is without one. But what many communities do lack are adequate resources to prepare for floods and typhoons. De La Salle University has helped equip this community with the education and resources to survive floods, typhoons, and tsunamis.

I didn’t have the energy to hike up the mountain, but the villagers assured me that they had a path up if a tsunami were to hit. They also had rescue boats and an early warning system – provided for by De La Salle University. Disaster preparedness can mean the difference between life and death for these people, and nothing is more essential in the Philippines right now.


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. 

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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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