TACLOBAN CITY | March 24, 2015 – The Experts Group Meeting organized by the Climate Change Commission(CCC), through the Resiliency and Preparedness toward Inclusive Development (RAPID) Program, gathered partners from various NGOs/CSOs, NGAs, and the academe to collaborate in crafting a community-based disaster risk reduction and management program for 12 Yolanda-affected localities in Leyte and Samar.
“This meeting is anchored on (our) approach to engaging experts from local and national agencies and institutions as partners in implementing programs on the ground as a way to strengthen inter-agency cooperation and build complementation and synergies”, Climate Change Commission (CCC) Assistant Secretary, Joyceline Goco explained.
Participants to the meeting discussed different approaches in facilitating community involvement in risk assessment, disaster- and climate-resilient livelihoods, natural resource management, community preparedness, as well as the governance aspects of CBDRRM. Building community awareness and participation in implementing interventions in the project areas and the existing coping and adaptation capacities of these communities were also discussed.
“The challenge is not how to make new knowledge anymore. We already have that with us. The real challenge is how to influence policy makers to use what we already know”, Dr.Dixon Yasay, professor from the Xavier University- Governance and Leadership Institute said.
Dr. Cedric Daep, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer of Albay likewise emphasized the role of lawmakers, starting at the barangay level, in putting forward the agenda for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
The Center for Disaster Preparedness shared learning materials that have been tested in several barangays in Metro Manila and used as basic reference of nongovernment organizations doing CBDRRM in communities nationwide.
RAPID is working to implement a CBDRRM strategy that promotes a culture of change among vulnerable individuals, families and communities: in understanding their climate and disaster risks; on taking positive action to build their resilience; and in making their communities safer and prosperous. Key strategies will involve local activism to build a critical mass for participation, and strengthening capacities.
The RAPID Program is being implemented by the Climate Change Commission in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and the Australian Government. RAPID supports the long-term recovery of 12 local government units which were affected by Typhoon Haiyan, namely, Tacloban City, Palo, Tanauan, Tolosa, Dulag, Mayorga, MacArthur, Abuyog, Basey, Marabut, Lawaan, and Balangiga by strengthening capacities of communities to manage climate and disaster risks.
Presentations during the Media workshop are available at: projectclimatetwinphoenix.com/resource-library.