The Resilience and Preparedness toward Inclusive Development (RAPID) Program launched rapid results initiatives (RRI) for 13 pilot barangays. As the initial stage of the climate smart community based disaster risk reduction and management component, the RRIs are simple risk reduction activities targeted to solve a specific problem in the barangays, implemented in about a hundred days. Led by the barangay council, the RRIs will build the foundation for collective actions among individuals and families in the community toward understanding risks and building resilience. It is the first stage for community disaster and climate change action planning.
With the theme, Building a Great Team for Great Purpose, the launch focused on empowering more than 150 community leaders through a series of interactive games that underscored values which will help the barangays implement their RRIs – leadership, unity, initiative, perseverance, and trust, among others.
“The idea is to decrease vulnerability of communities to the adverse impacts of climate change, and reduce their exposure to risks by giving barangay leaders the responsibility and leadership of building their respective communities. We will enhance their drive to implement them here now”, Climate Change Commission Deputy Executive Director Romell Antonio Cuenca explained in his opening remarks.
Chosen by the barangays through a situational analysis and project identification exercise, the succeeding steps will assist the barangays through various capacity building initiatives to implement specific activities and monitor progress. The RRIs of the pilot barangays are related to addressing specific issues on coastal protection, food security, sustainable livelihood, environmental management – all leading to building adaptive capacities of individuals and families, safer communities, and sustainable development in the long-run.
“Leadership yung pinakatumatak sa akin, kasi kung wala ito, walang kulay yung barangay. I want my barangay to be progressive”, Joery from Ferreras, Marabut shared. “I want my barangay to be progressive, gusto kong umunlad yung buhay ng mga kasama namin, so motivated talaga ako na mangyari itong RRI”.
The launch was moderated by Mr. Churchill Aguilar, and was joined by representatives from barangays Libas, Hinunangan and Ambao, Hinundayan in Southern Leyte who also shared their stories about their milestones on implementing their own award-winning initiatives on solid waste management as a support to their communal and household organic vegetable gardens, and establishing marine protected areas in the barangay. They also highlighted implementation and leadership practices that worked in their barangays.
After the 100-day period, the same barangay members will be regathered for recognition, sharing of lessons learned, showcasing best practices, and expansion of the RRIs. The process, learnings and good practices from the implementation of RRIs in the 13 barangays shall be replicated in the other barangays to be covered under the climate-smart community based disaster risk reduction and management component of PCTP-RAPID. All in all, 150 coastal barangays will be assisted.
The RAPID Program is being implemented by the Climate Change Commission as a component of Project Climate Twin Phoenix, 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.