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Disaster Risk Reduction

The program aims at preparing vulnerable rural communities to lessen, if not prevent, the damage and/or loss of homes, lives and livelihoods as a result of natural calamities that frequent the Philippines.  IRDF employs a participatory approach to disaster risk reduction by involving a large array of stakeholders such as the local communities, local and national governments, scientists, NGOs, faith groups, schools and the private sector.  This allows for the integration of local and scientific knowledge as well as top-down and bottom-up actions. Activities include information dissemination, trainings, drills, and the participatory 3-dimensional mapping that consists of constructing relief maps from locally available materials over which are overlapped thematic layers of geographical information.  The program capacitates local communities in early warning systems, planning for disaster preparedness and contingency, and increasing resiliency of communities.

Rehabilitation & Reform: Rebuilding the Visayas, Rebuilding the Nation

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Building Back Better – How?
Yolanda’s wrath devastated the whole of Visayas and parts of Southern Luzon and Northern Mindanao. The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), in the rehabilitation document Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda (RAY), reported the following staggering figures on the immediate human impact of Yolanda as of December 2013:
  • 6,000 dead,
  • 2,000 missing,
  • 4.4 million (930,000 families) displaced,
  • 12.2 million (2.6 million families) affected,
  • 1.2 million houses damaged (with 600,000 houses more than 50 per cent destroyed), and
  • 400,000 housed in evacuation centers.
On the infrastructure and economic impact of Yolanda, NEDA estimated the damages to reach a whopping amount of P571.1 billion or US$12.9 billion.  The breakdown is as follows:



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