La Mesa Watershed Treeplanting Primer

What is the main natural hazard affecting the CAMANAVA area? How does tree-planting in the La Mesa Watershed address this concern? What are the other projects under the Partners for Resilience (PfR) Project that aim to strengthen the resilience of communities?

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Pride and Hope in Gabions and Mangrove Trees

The shoreline along the east of Cagsao, a coastal village in Calabanga, Camarines Sur, is thickly covered with mangrove trees. At the other end is a 126-meter gabion wall, built by the community to serve as barrier during storm surges and to to stabilize the beach ridge.

My Extended Summer

Staying up late and waking up early is not new to me - I'm used to deadlines. That served me well this past “extended” summer. You see, UP just implemented a calendar shift, moving the start of classes to August. I chose to look for a job, a job that led me to community work. My first job.

Empowered to Serve

(This feature story was also published online by Rappler on 19 August 2014, available through this link.)
 
By Darwin Masacupan
 
If you asked her if she thought of herself as a humanitarian hero, the shy and unassuming Nay Belen would probably tell you, "Di naman (Not really).”
 
But indeed she is. She is one of the products of the ACCORD model to disaster risk reduction - building the capacity of the most vulnerable so that they themselves can work towards strengthening their resilience.
 
From beneficiary to community volunteer to full-time staff, Nay Belen is an archetype of someone empowered to serve others like her.

It Takes a Village… To Build a Community: Bayanihan in Action

 

By Anjo Bacarisas

In photo: Rogie Dagami, member of the bayanihan team reconstructing shelters in Tabontabon, Leyte, preparing meals for his mother and himself.

Twenty-eight year old Rogie Dagami has had polio since he was a three-month old baby. He worked as a self-employed tailor repairing jeans and shirts, but barely made enough income to support himself and his fifty-five year old mother, Imelda. In spite of his struggles, Rogie is proud to be part of the bayanihan team that helps rebuild the neighborhood houses that had been destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda.

TYPHOON BOPHA EMERGENCY APPEAL

 Taking into account the results of the assessment, the needs, capacities, and gaps, ACCORD proposes to respond to the situation in Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and Agusan del Sur, and to a lesser extent in Iligan City and Bukidnon.

 Help us reach the most vulnerable communities. Together, we can bring back hope to the people of Mindanao.

Malabon City Barangay Conducts Flood Drill, Hopes to Become CBDRM Model

In photo: ACCORD staff explaining to the members of the BDRRMC the essential items to bring when evacuating

Barangay Potrero, the city’s largest barangay by area, is looking to become a model for urban, Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM). It will conduct a flood evacuation drill on June 7 (Saturday), in partnership with Assistance and Cooperation for Community Resilience and Development (ACCORD) and CARE Nederland through the Partners for Resilience: Climate-proof Disaster Risk Reduction Programme (PfR Programme). The drill is a milestone in the process that the barangay has embarked on to achieve resilience.

PfR Barangay Potrero Fact Sheet

Barangay Potrero is the largest in Malabon City by area, covering 302.71 hectares, and is bounded by the Tullahan River to the north. The community is vulnerable to flooding and fire, wth residents reporting floodwaters of up to 6-10 feet deep during prolonged heavy rains.

ACCORD, through the Partners for Resilience Project, conducted activities such as community risk assessment, trainings on community-based disaster risk management (CBDRRM) and disaster preparedness, etc. The barangay was also able to develop their own barangay contingency plan based on the worst case scenarios they identified.

PfR Malabon Fact Sheet

Malabon City is a coastal city situated in the northern part of Metro Manila and part of the CAMANAVA sub-region. With its generally flat topography and the presence of three river systems in its area, the city is prone to flooding during high tide and heavy rains. ACCORD, through the Partners for Resilience Project, works with the city government to strengthen capacities relating to disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and ecosystem management & restoration.

Aid not alms

Despite relief operations from different local and international organizations, people have started to beg on the streets. Clearly, more urgent and aggressive efforts from various sectors must be directed to stem the tide.

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RECENT UPDATES

May 17, 2016

Rotterdam, Netherlands - Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction scholars and practitioners, policy makers and business people from all over the globe applauded the milestones of Barangay Potrero, Malabon City in integrated risk management during the biennial conference dubbed as Adaptation Futures 2016 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on May 11 - 13, 2016.

May 12, 2016

Rotterdam, Netherlands - Change in government officials through election could be a major challenge for disaster risk reduction advocates as it threatens the sustainability of the communities’ gains in pursuing disaster resilience, according to Assistance and Cooperation for Community Resilience and Development, Incorporated (ACCORD) during Adaptation Futures 2016 on May 11, 2016 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

May 18, 2016

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