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 reduction and management (CBDRRM) training manual supplementing the CBDRRM Basic Instructor’s Guide (BIG) Manual of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management-Office of Civil Defense (NDRRMC-OCD).
It is the Lahat Handa Manual – the product of months of writing workshops, peer reviews, technical reviews and field-testing by the technical working group (TWG) composed of Handicap International Federation – Philippines (HI), the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), Alyansa ng May Kapansanang Pinoy, Inc. (AKAP Pinoy), CBM, the Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP), Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. (COSE), Norfil Foundation, NDRRMC-OCD and World Vision Development Foundation, Inc. (WVI). “Lahat handa” is a Filipino phrase that means “everybody prepared” which best captures the concept of inclusive CBDRRM.
The CBDRRM BIG Manual was supplemented because children, youth, older people and persons with disabilities are disproportionately affected by disasters resulting from barriers that cause exclusion in all phases of DRRM, leading to higher risk of death, injury, secondary impairments and all forms of abuse. It integrates inclusive approaches to CBDRRM and promotes the rights and capacities of those at-risk including children, youth, older people and persons with disabilities in times of disaster.
The Lahat Handa Manual is intended to be used by individuals and groups trained on inclusive CBDRRM to ensure that children, youth, older people and persons with disabilities are included in CBDRRM, promoting and fulfilling their rights and concerns.
The TWG will formally turnover the Lahat Handa Manual to NDRRMC-OCD on 20 May 2016 at Cocoon Boutique Hotel in Quezon City. Moreover, on the said event, the manual will be unveiled to the public and will be distributed to those who were trained on inclusive CBDRRM including local government units, people’s organizations, international/local non-government organizations and government agencies.
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