Philippines: Disaster preparedness through better local planning

Philippines: Disaster preparedness on a local level

The Philippines is hit by a number of disasters every year, including typhoons, landslides and floods. In order to prepare for, respond to and adapt to climate change, the German Red Cross is implementing a disaster preparedness project aiming to strengthen existing systems and capacities in the Philippines with funding from the European Union.

Strengthening resilience for sustainable development

The Philippines are on of the world's most disaster-prone countries. To reduce disaster risks and enhance preparedness, it is crucial to follow a long-term approach. Communities, government institutions and community based organisations and their long-term cooperation on a provincial, municipal and village level are being strengthened. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to a common local development agenda for building resilient communities, which ultimately are able to react to and recover quickly from future disasters.

Together with the Philippine, Finnish, Spanish and Netherland Red Cross Societies, the GRC targets at 100 communities selected from 17 municipalities, 5 provinces and 2 cities. More than 90,000 residents will directly benefit from the improved disaster preparedness. Ultimately, whole population in the targeted communities (nearly 1 million people) will benefit from the project.

Engaging communities in setting priorities

In accordance with the advocacy approach, local needs, priorities and existing capacities are being considered in disaster risk reduction and development plans. The project intends to include cross-sectional topics such as climate change adaptation as well as gender-centred approaches and the inclusion of handicapped people.

It ensures that communities and local government units are mobilized through a clear engagement plan and enabled to stand up for their commonly identified priorities. This bottom-up approach is an attempt to ensure that local needs and capacities are being adequately reflected in disaster risk reduction and development plans to build resilient communities.

Towards the end of the project, the gained practical experience is used to draft minimum standards for safe and resilient communities. Thereby, national planning processes for disaster preparedness are positively influenced.

The project:
Region: Antique, Aklan, Caloocan, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Valenzuela and Zambales
Project volume: 1.2 Millionen Euro
Funding: EuropeAid as well as own resources of the German, Finnish, Spanish and Netherland Red Cross Societies
Partners: Finnish, Spanish and Netherland Red Cross Societies

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Please also read the blog Blog of our GRC delegate Daniel Rudolf Becker, who has repeatedly reported on his diverse activities on the Philippines.

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