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 and accessible. One way of addressing this is by training DRRM practitioners on inclusive community-based disaster risk reduction and management (inclusive CBDRRM).
Handicap International (HI), as member of the Lahat Handa Technical Working Group (TWG), conducted a training on inclusive CBDRRM for 10 officials and staff of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and two 2 staff of Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) on 12-18 May 2016.
Moreover, HI and other TWG members conducted the same training for 10 officials and staff of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), 2 staff of Norfil Foundation and 3 members of the Confederation of Older Persons Association of the Philippines on 23-26 May 2016.
Both training courses aimed to 1) sensitize the participants on the rights, needs and capacities of children, older people and persons with disabilities during disasters and emergencies and 2) make DRR efforts and action more inclusive and accessible.
In order to achieve the goals of the training, trainers used the Lahat Handa Inclusive CBDRRM Training Manual – the training manual developed by the TWG supplementing the existing CBDRRM Basic Instructor’s Guide (BIG) Manual of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council-Office of Civil defense (NDRRMC-OCD).
At the end of the training, trainers observed that the participants exhibited improved understanding of inclusion and inclusive CBDRRM, which is attributed to the different exercises and simulations of the training. Feedback of the participants revealed that the training was well appreciated and they plan to integrate inclusion and inclusive CBDRRM to their programs and to provide the same training to their partners.
Handicap International conducted this training in the frame of the Strengthening the Capacity of Local Government Units and Vulnerable Households in Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (Inclusive DRR) Project.