Philippines Recovery Efforts Led by Local Experts

by De La Salle University
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URGENT APPEAL FOR THE VICTIMS OF TYPHOON FALCON

About 231,542 families were badly affected by typhoon Falcon “international name Meari” or 1,103,428 people in 698 baranggays, of 69 municipalities in four regions, according to the report of National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council or NDRRMC. A significant increase was noted in the affected population most particularly in the provinces of Pampanga, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, and Bulacan in Region III. However, in totality, a considerable decrease of about 16,064 families / 73,335 persons in 55 evacuation centers.

Most of the evacuees went home when the flood subsided. In NCR, about twenty five (25) evacuation centers are still open serving 762 families / 3,769 persons. In Region III, ninety nine (99) evacuation centers are operational and continuously providing services and shelter to 7,139 families / 34,693 persons while 12,841 family / 62,303 persons who opted to stay outside the evacuation centers are still provided with relief goods. Of the total affected, 7,906 families or 38,485 persons are still housed at 126 evacuation centers. Three people were reported killed, three injured, and 18 others missing. A total of 1,282 houses (120 totally and 1,162 partially) were damaged in Regions III, IV-A, V, VI and NCR caused by flooding and tornado.The government estimated the damage to agriculture and infrastructure in Regions III, IV-A and V at PhP152, 711,284.90.

CALL FOR HELP

Partner organizations, LGU’s and partner communities of Center for Social Concerns and Action (COSCA) of De La Salle University is asking your support after their homes were flooded or washed away by the floods. The Local Government Units in Lian, Batangas and Bagac, Bataan are asking for support as their constituents were victims of typhoon Falcon. In Barangay Pag-asa, Bagac, Bataan, COSCA’s one of the pilot baranggays for the Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Management Program (CBDRRMP) a total of 890 families were affected by floodings. Victims of totally damaged houses are now staying in Bagac, Central Elementary School. Some were recorded staying in their relatives. However, Barangay San Diego, Lian Batangas Baranggay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (BDRRMC)recorded ten (10) houses partially damaged and an estimated 702 individuals affected or 140 families.

COSCA’s CWTS-NSTP Program documented reports from its Partner Organizations in NCR, as they solicited the support of COSCA with the particular situation at present: PPC: In Parola, Tondo: 30 Families affected, 10 houses totally damaged, 3 children were rescued in Pasig River (the children survived). CML Tatalon: Total families affected: 700 families (water level reached the 2nd floors of urban poor houses) KSBB: One chapter of KSBB in Bagumbong, Northville, Caloocan are still flooded, some residents transferred/evacuated to nearby schools. Food for the Hungry: San Roque badly affected. 41 families evacuated in Wawa Elementary School, FH Families 8 houses partially damaged, 3 totally destroyed. UM: Flooded areas Kaingin Bukid, Masambong River and River Side, Mapulang Lupa. MDRRMC’s and BDRRMC’s conducted Damage Needs Capacities Assessments or DNCA last June 26 and according to the reports, typhoon victims are in need of food and non-food items.

Each family is in need of the following:

FOOD ITEMS: • 10 kilos of rice • 6 canned goods • Dried fish • Mung beans • 1 kilo sugar • Cooking or vegetable Oil • Coffee • Milk • Bottled water • Noodles

NON-FOOD ITEMS • Old and new clothes (pants, t-shirts, shorts, underwear) • Plastic sheets • Sleeping mats • Blankets • Kitchen utensils • Medicines • Water containers • Laundry soaps • Sanitary napkins (for women/ladies) • Tissue • Construction materials for housing repairs • Fishing nets (for fisher folks) • Seeds (for farmers)

Donations may be sent through CENTER FOR SOCIAL CONCERN AND ACTION (COSCA) of DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY. You may call telephone number 523-41-43 look for Miss Lilia Barrona or Miss Jennifer Santos. You may also visit our office at COSCA Office, 4th floor, SPS Building, De La Salle University, Manila. Sources: http://www.ndcc.gov.ph

Various reports from Local partner NGO’s Field reports Damage Needs Capacities Assessments (DNCA) from Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council of Bagac, Bataan Reports from Baranggay Pag-Asa Baranggay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (BDRRMC) Reports from Baranggay San Diego, BDRRMC Photos from Bagac, Bataan MDRRMC

The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) of De La Salle University (DLSU) conducted a Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Management (CBDRRM) Training in Brgys Bungahan and San Diego, both located within the Municipality of Lian Batangas. These sessions were in coordination with Lian Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and their respective Sangguniang Barangays. 

The C-B DRRM training in Brgy Bungahan was spearheaded by Ms. Isabel Lanada, DRR Project Technical Facilitator. It was held last 9 April 2011 at the Bungahan Elementary School and participated in by fifty six leaders and members of the BDRRMC led by Mr. Antonio Lainez Jr., their Brgy Captain. The session focused on DRR module one which discussed among others the basic concepts in Disaster Management such as Vulnerabilities, Hazards and Capacities. Highlight of the activity is the drafting of their own community map with the corresponding Risks as well as Vulnerabilities. By the end of the one day training, most participants suggested to have the project continue DRRM capacity building activities in the community such as drills, trainings, information gathering and dissemination campaigns.

            The second CBDRRM session was held last April 11 and 12, 2011 at Brgy San Diego. The participants led by Mr. Jose Cabadin, San Diego Brgy Captain, listened intently to the modules provided by Ms. Lanada and were even able to articulate their suggestions to the DRR process for their brgy. These include the issuance of the necessary Brgy Ordinance establishing the BDRRMC, the holding of a community based disaster management planning,  the conduct of a Brgy wide DRR information dissemination campaign, and allocation of five percent of the Internal Revenue Allocation of the Brgy for disaster management activities.

            One notable suggestion made by the participants of the DRR session in Brgy San Diego was the need to have several DRR documents translated from English to popular Pilipino for easier comprehension by the readers. These articles include: the Hyogo Framework for Action and the Republic Act 10121 (DRRM Law of 2010).        

Honorable Osita Vergara, Local Chief Executive of Lian, Batangas and concurrent Chairperson of its Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) led a meeting last 14 April 2011 to discuss the DRR budgetary process and other concerns for the municipality. More specifically, the local disaster council talked about allocating five percent budget from the Municipal Internal Revenue Allocation to finance its Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management commitment. Concrete gains are the allocation of P 1,156,248.78 (30% of the 5% from IRA) for Emergency Response activities and P 2,697,913.82 (70% of the 5% from IRA) for Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Rehabilitation initiatives. The said session was facilitated by Ms. Maria Isabel B. Lanada, Project Technical Facilitator of the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA), the social development unit of the De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila. Representatives from the following offices also attended the mentioned activity: Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), Rural Health Unit (RHU), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Association of Barangay Captains (ABC), Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO), Municipal Health Office (MHO), Lian DRR Office, local Department of Education (DepEd) office, Municipal Social Welfare Office (MSWDO) and the local Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) office. Other highlights include the following: a). the status of the institutionalization and mainstreaming of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Law currently being undertaken by the Sangguniang Bayan; b). the planned DRR Orientation for the Association of the Barangay Captains on May 21-23, 2011 in Palawan; c). plans for April 22, 2011 Earth Day Celebration, where the municipality will turn off their lights for one hour from 5:00am to 6:00am as part of their solidarity and cooperation with groups advocating for climate change adaptation. The council likewise, conceptualized a municipal level disaster drill and a series of disaster campaign activities from May to July 2011. This will also serve as the culminating activity for the celebration of disaster month in July. As part of the continuing DRR capacity building for the MDRRMC of Lian, the project will also undertake a site visit of the MDRRMC operations in the province of Albay this May 25-27, 2011. The objectives of the site visit are as follows: a). to understand and comprehend in practical terms DRR preparatory activities; and b). to gain knowledge and skills in DRR systems and mechanisms by the province of Albay. The MDRRMC of Lian has in fact allotted funds for this. The council was also able to plan the set of parallel activities to be conducted by the DRR Project Technical Facilitator and the different offices in Lian. These include the following: a). an orientation on climate change (July 1, 2011) for PTA Officers; b). structural evaluation of infrastructures such as bridges, ports and buildings within Lian by DPWH; c). DRR preparations and food security by MAO to include seed banking and nursery of hardwood and fruit trees, and mangrove conservation; and d). propagation of disaster resilient crops and a training on Organic Farming and Diversified Integrated Farming Systems will be launched, also in partnership with the MAO. Also in the pipeline is the formulation and implementation of a system on emergency response. Activities related to this are the following: a). Disaster Needs Capacities Assessment (DNCA); b). Relief Delivery Operations (RDO); and c). Evacuation Management. As part of the DRR education and information campaign, the MDRRMC is planning to hold a motorcade within Lian. This is to provide DRR related information to the residents as well as to impart the culture of safety among the community members. Flyers, brochures and posters will be distributed to all barangays of the municipality. These mentioned plans including the necessary budget will be submitted by the MDRRMC to the Sangguning Bayan for review and approval. A copy will then be furnished to the local Commission on Audit (COA).

The Center for Social Concern and Action of the De La Salle University Manila, conducted an orientation on Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) last 28 March 2011 to the Municipal Council of Lian, Batangas. Discussion focused on Republic Act 10121 or the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Law of 2010. The participants were given a clearer understanding of the newly-approved legal instrument. COSCA also emphasized the urgent need to draft and implement a Municipal Ordinance to allocate a portion of their municipal budget for use in disaster preparedness activities. In principle, the municipal officials have agreed that 5% of the Internal Revenue Allocation be used for disaster management activities such as preparation, emergency response and others. Most of the Sangguniang Bayan members were also made aware of the consequences of disasters and thus stressed the importance of disaster preparedness and management. Add to this is the possible effects of a tidal wave or tsunami hitting the coastal barangays of the said municipality since a study commissioned by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Region IV-A has placed Lian on the list of areas with high risk. The SB members have also discussed and agreed to implement a plan for the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC). Upon approval of the necessary budget, funds will be utilized for Disaster Risk Reduction activities. In the meantime, the SB is set to draft a municipal ordinance providing for funds as prescribed by the national law. Municipal Councilor Exequiel L. Bonuan requested the assistance of Ms. Isabel Lanada, COSCA DRR Project Technical Facilitator in drafting said legal instrument. Ms. Lanada, also stressed that the DRR project in Lian, Batangas is a partnership between DLSU and the local government unit thus, placed importance on resource counterpart of each. The following also actively participated during the session: Carlito C. Caisip, Erwin M. Austria, Mr. Florencio M. Masipag, and Roland H. Magyaya (Municipal Councilors), Jesper B. Austria (Sangguniang Kabataan President), Teodoro D. Palahang (Association of Barangay Captain President), and SB Presiding Officer and Vice Mayor Benito Magbago.

Disaster Risk Reduction Project Consultation with the local officials of Lian, Batangas (March 21, 2011)

Another courtesy call, this time with the municipality of Lian, Batangas was conducted by the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) of the De La Salle University last 21 March 2011. Headed by Ms. Maria Isabel B. Lanada Project Technical Facilitator, the team met with the barangay officials from the said municipality and provided them with a brief orientation on the concept of DRR. Residents from the barangays of San Diego and Bungahan were also on hand and expressed their willingness to support and cooperate for the project.

Essentially, the barangay council and the project team have agreed to systematically implement the planned activities under the Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) project. They would be focusing on disaster planning and management and the allocation of a percentage of their local disaster risk reduction management fund to finance disaster preparedness activities.

DRR trainings for the mentioned barangays were immediately scheduled following the said orientation.

 

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De La Salle University

Location: Manila, NCR - Philippines
Project Leader:
Lourdes Melegrito
Director, Center for Social Concern and Action
Manila, National Capital Region Philippines

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