- Participants: Organisers, national government agencies, civil society groups, academic organizations, and communities.
- Place: Quezon City, Philippines | 24 February 2016.
- Organisers: CDP, along with 6 partner organsiations.
The event that took place in Quezon City, Philippines – February 24, 2016 – has marked the momentous culmination of the first phase of the action research project entitled “Frontline: Turning Community Views into Action”. A one-day activity was organized to share the key research findings from the covered vulnerable communities in the Philippines. Primarily, the study was aimed at profiling community views and insights and transforming them into actions that will raise the adaptive capacities of the barangays (villages) at the fore of disasters. The research was implemented by the Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) alongside six partner organizations across the Philippines with the support of the Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR).
A total of forty (40) individuals from national government agencies, civil society groups, academic organizations, and communities attended the event to learn about the participatory processes that the six participating organizations went through to draw out the key threats, barriers, and consequences that various sectors in the barangays face on a regular basis. By generating these fundamental information, the communities were better empowered to come up with helpful measures to mitigate risks and address underlying hazards. Essentially, these actions will now serve as the impetus for greater social change in their communities, guiding the path toward a resilient tomorrow. The activity also enabled the different participating individuals to share valuable feedback and recommendations on how to support actions on the ground, advocate for local leadership, and enhance the conduct of similar endeavours in the future. Furthermore, another highlight of the event was a commitment signing among relevant disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) actors that signified their support to bolstering local capacities and promoting community-based DRRM agenda.
Certainly, the road to resilience is paved with many difficulties that hinder the journey toward longstanding progress to this day; the study alone has proved that many sectors at the Frontline still endure perennial threats and vulnerabilities. Albeit this realization, both CDP and GNDR acknowledge that not only is sustainable development possible by empowering the communities, but is mainly a shared responsibility that banks on the collective capacity and drive of the whole society to advocate and work toward a resilient and sustainable future.