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.