SURGE launches first ever resource hub for inclusive community-based DRR in Mindanao  

© Kevin A. Santos/Handicap International

STACKED. The learning hub in the University of Mindanao contains over 90 types of materials relevant to ICBDRR. © Kevin A. Santos/Handicap International

DAVAO CITY – To further emphasize the vital role of vulnerable groups in preparing for disasters, the SURGE (Scaling Up Resilience in Governance) Project launched a bonafide resource center at the University of Mindanao last April 1, showcasing a prime collection of knowledge materials on inclusive community-based disaster risk reduction (ICBDRR).

The first of its kind in Mindanao, more than 90 types of manuals, booklets and other materials from various government agencies and non-government organizations – including Handicap International – were collected for the launch.

These materials will be placed in the university’s graduate school library and will be freely accessible to its students and the general public. This is in line with the university’s plan to create a curriculum solely dedicated to DRR.

“For the future DRR students, practitioners and learners, this Regional ICBDRR Resource Center is really for you to utilize, maximize and popularize. This may seem small for now, but what is important is that we started it,” SURGE Project Manager Myra Julia said, also expressing her confidence in the University of Mindanao’s ability and policy to sustain this initiative.

The urgent need for ICBDRR in development measures was confirmed through the newly-formed Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction last March, which indicated vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities, as critical stakeholders in disaster preparedness and emergency response.

SURGE is consortium composed of Christian Aid, Handicap International, Oxfam and Plan International that aims to build and increase the resilience of high-risk communities by promoting inclusive community-based disaster risk reduction practices and taking the learning to other communities in the Philippines.

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