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Disaster Risk and Reduction Training Workshop for Poona Piagapo

A one-day training-workshop on Disaster Risk and Reduction Management was conducted in Brgy. Tangclao, Poona Piagapo, Lanao Del Norte through the facilitation by the Provincial DRRMO with ECOWEB and in cooperation with 15th IB. The workshop was aimed to raise the awareness of the local residents regarding the impact of a particular Hazard and on the disaster risk that it would possibly bring to their barangay. The activity aims to make the residents become more prepared, equipped and less vulnerable in times of natural hazards. Barangay Tangclao is the host of the about 1000 hectares natural forest that is targeted for protection through a program implemented by ECOWEB with support from GIZ-PAME, the provincial government of Lanao del Norte and LGU of Poona Piagapo and in cooperation with the 15th IB, the CENRO-DENR, among other partners.

R.A. 10121 DRRM Law Sunset Review

EcoWEB Executive Director representing the National Anti-Poverty Commission - Victims of Disaster and Calamities (NAPC-VDC) attended the second meeting of the TWG on R.A. 10121 Sunset Review of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) held at Taal Vista, Tagaytay on October 6-8, 2015. Ms. Joy Lascano of Balay serves as alternate of Ms. Antequisa in the TWG representing NAPC-VDC. The activity is part of a series of meetings of the TWG that look into the draft amendatory bill of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Act 2010. The TWG is headed by OCD and participated by other representatives from NEDA, DSWD, DILG, DOST, and DRRNet Phil. UNDP provided support to the event.

Orientation of VIDA Volunteers in Eastern Samar

EcOWEB Yolanda Project Officer Rey Tanzo facilitated the orientation of the soon-to-be VIDA volunteers with the Barangay Agri-Fisheries Council (BAFC) leaders of communities covered by EcoWEB project in Eastern Samar. VIDA community-based volunteers shall be assisting the projects of EcoWEB through the support of the Philippine National Volunteering Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA). EcoWEB's project is Eastern Samar that capacitates communities on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and developing resilient livelihoods covers 8 barangays in the municipalities of Guiuan, Mercedes and Salcedo with the support of the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD). The orientation was done at EcoWEB satellite office in Salcedo Eastern Samar last August 22, 2015 (Saturday).

Finding out from Local People what threats they face.

Billions of people at the frontline of disasters face multiple threats, both extraordinary and everyday, that impact their lives and livelihoods. Many of these risks are poorly understood and undocumented. Local communities are often left to deal with disasters through self-organization and self-reliance. They developed detailed knowledge of the threats they face, the consequences of these threats, communities’ capacities to address threats, and the underlying factors that create barriers to this. The knowledge enables communities and individuals to protect and enhance their lives, livelihoods and assets. This local knowledge must be the starting point for action at all levels; whether it at the local, national or global. Frontline is a tool to gather and share this knowledge to be used at different levels.”
(-Everyday Disasters & Everyday Heroes, GNDR March 2015 Publication-)