PH threatened by typhoon Haima

After typhoon Sarika (local name: Karen) struck the country on Saturday 15 October impacting more than 8,000 people leading to the displacement of thousands and causing serious flooding, the Philippines is now preparing to face the arrival of typhoon Haima, set to hit on Wednesday 19 or Thursday 20 October. Having formed over the Pacific…

Sigma local officials commit to protect rights, address issues of persons with disabilities

Sigma, Capiz – More than 60 local government officials of the municipality, including all of the 21 barangay (village) captains, participated in the Awareness Raising on Disability Rights of Handicap International (HI). Moreover, officers and members of Sigma Disabled People’s Organization (DPO) Federation participated in the activity. The activity was conducted in the frame of…

HI leads celebration of 2016 NDPR Week in Capiz

The heavy down pour failed to dampen the high spirits of the participants of the first “Walk for Disability Rights and Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction” of the Municipality of Sigma, Province of Capiz. The activity pushed through as more than 100 locals joined the activity. They were mostly members of disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) of…

DIDRR orientation reaches 120 locals of QC

This year, Handicap International (HI), as part of the national organizing committee for the celebration of the 2016 National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week, joined other organizations and agencies in identifying activities for the said event. They decided to conduct an orientation on disability inclusive disaster risk reduction (DIDRR) that aimed to inform DRR…

HI participates in nationwide shake drill

In 2015, the Philippine Government, through the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS), started its intensive awareness campaign to prepare the public for an expected 7.2 magnitude earthquake. This expected earthquake will be triggered by the movement of the West Valley Fault (WVF) which has a recorded movement interval of 400 years. The last…

HI staff underwent Surge Capacity Training

The Philippines is highly exposed to natural and manmade hazards because of its geographic location and political situation. These factors lead to humanitarian crises; hence, there is a need for organizations like Handicap International (HI) to support the government in responding to these crises. In the frame of HI’s objective to build its capacity in…

Gov’t agencies, orgs trained on inclusive CBDRRM

Children, youth, older people and persons with disabilities are disproportionately affected by disasters resulting from barriers that cause exclusion in all phases of disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM), leading to higher risk of death, injury, secondary impairments and all forms of abuse. With this, there is a relevant need in making DRRM efforts inclusive…

Inclusive CBDRRM training manual finalized, to be launched

Its geographical location, exposure to increasing and extreme climate change-induced weather events and the vulnerability of at-risk persons make the Philippines one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. With this, different agencies and organizations working with at-risk persons including children, youth, older people and persons with disabilities developed an inclusive community-based disaster risk…