SURGE team members held their inception workshop in Tagaytay City, July 2-4.

SURGE team members conduct their inception workshop in Tagaytay City, July 2-4. Photo courtesy of Oxfam


Scaling Up Resilience in Governance (SURGE) project aims to increase resilience of high-risk communities in the Philippines.

It extends inclusive community-based disaster risk reduction (ICBDRR) to more communities and advocates improvements in disaster risk management policies and practices. SURGE is implemented by Oxfam, Christian Aid, Plan International, and Handicap International.

SURGE is implemented through a suite of activities with diverse stakeholders over 18 months, from March 2014 to June 2015 by:

  • Community-building — developing a pool of ICBDRR champions from all sectors and interests and creating opportunities for these champions to hone their own skills and resources in organising more communities, influencing policy changes, institutionalising good DRR practices and developing other initiatives.
  • Change in policies — enhancing local and national policies on DRR, in light of the successful experiences on ICBDRR and lessons learned from the aftermath of Haiyan. These experiences can lead to the institutionalisation of local DRRM in policies and development plans especially in high-risk places without DRRM capacities and policies. SURGE also participates in the sunset review of Republic Act 10121-Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act of 2010.
  • Capacity-building — organising peer-to-peer mentoring methodologies in handing over knowledge and skills on ICBDRR among LGUs that have successfully institutionalised ICBDRR and those who are open to replicate successful models. Learning from past projects on ICBDRR that focused on barangays and municipalities, SURGE scales up its capacity-building resources for regional and provincial policy-making processes.
  • Creative communications — promoting the successes and learnings on ICBDRR in the Philippines to a wider audience, including regional and multilateral policy fora, which share similar risks and the same drive to be resilient.

Consortium Partners

SURGE consortium partners


  • Richard Erick Caballero, Project Manager
  • Verna Emy Pilayre, Project Officer
  • Marvin Gifford Oclima, Project Assistant
  • Fredeson Minoy – Driver


European Union Humanitarian Aid