SURGE conducts inclusive community-based risk assessment workshops

Participants, including persons with disabilities, take notes during a session of the three-part risk assessments workshops. Photo: Handicap International

Participants, including persons with disabilities, take notes during a session of the three-part risk assessment workshops. Photo: Handicap International

To empower vulnerable persons during emergency situations, the SURGE (Scaling Up Resilience in Governance) project held a three-part series of community-based risk assessment workshops for residents, including persons with disabilities in General Generoso, Davao Oriental.

Conducted from November 24 to December 3, 2014, the program aimed to complete all demographic data and subsequently identify the different vulnerabilities and capacities present in each of the barangays (small villages) in General Generoso, SURGE Project Manager Myra Julia said.

Sample of a community profile map that will be used for disaster preparedness. Photo: Handicap International

Sample of a community profile map that will be used for disaster preparedness. Photo: Handicap International

Specifically, data was classified per vulnerability in order to produce community profile maps, which will serve as the foundation of every barangays contingency plan in disaster management.

Twenty barangays participated in the program, which was funded by the European Union humanitarian aid in close coordination with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council of Davao Oriental and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council of Governor Generoso.

SURGE, a consortium of international aid organizations including Handicap International, aims to increase the level of resilience of disaster-prone areas across the Philippines.