Congrats A2D @ 10th year now
Ten years ago today, A2D Project-Researc
During this time, we can as leaders review the ways in which we are now disadvantaged and use this increased insight and empathy to review what changes could and should be made to support the disabled community.
A2D Project-Research Group for Alternatives to Development, Inc. (A2D) hosted an Expo-Summit on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Development Goals last January 20-22, 2017 at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu. This event was organized in partnership with Disaster Risk Reduction Network Philippines (DRRNet Phils.), Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP), Provincial Government of Cebu and Robinsons Galleria.
The two-day summit was attended by more than 1000 participants representing non-government organizations, people’s organizations, local government units, disabled people’s organizations, faith-based organizations, members of media and academe and students.
One of the highlights of the summit was an Info Fair Exhibition in the Atrium of Robinson’s Galleria where civil society organizations showcased their good practices in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation initiatives as well as in building community resilience. It was also a platform for raising public awareness on disaster preparedness and sustainable development.
The event also had two panel discussions. The first panel was about unpacking the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. Then, it was followed by a panel of discussion on good practices in DRR-CCA-SGDs featuring small-island resilience, the purok system of San Francisco, Camotes, climate resiliency field school and the Philippine data revolution.
The summit ended with a plenary discussion on “Towards Building a Roadmap for Achieving Disaster and Climate Resilience and Sustainable Development” presented by NEDA Undersecretary for Regional Development, Dr. Adoracion M. Navarro.
Ms. Lorraine Dela Cruz, Executive Director of Center for Disaster Preparedness, emphasized, “The [summit was] an opportunity to discover and innovate the way programs and projects contribute to disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and sustainable development”.
A2D Project and CDP are active members of DRRNet Philippines, a national network of 42 civil society organizations, communities, practitioners and advocates adhering to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) and implementing community-based disaster risk reduction and management (CBDRRM).
A2D Project participated in the recently concluded 7th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in New Delhi, India last November 3-5, 2016. With the theme “Risk Sensitive Development for Community Resilience”, AMCDRR 2016 focused on collaboration among Asian countries for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) towards making the Asia-Pacific Region more resilient to disasters. Aloysius Canete, Executive Director of A2D Project, shared lessons and recommendations to increase collaboration of persons with disabilities/ Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) with government in local risk sensitive development organized by the Disability-inclusive DRR Network (DiDRRN).
In his presentation, Canete highlighted the challenges encountered in working with government, civil society organizations, and disabled people’s organizations towards mainstreaming disability perspectives in disaster risk management and how A2D Project is exploring ways to address these challenges. “Persons with disabilities are often overlooked in disaster risk management (DRM) programs of the government. It is then very important to create an enabling environment through which government, civil society, and disabled people’s organizations can work together.” With this, Canete showcased the establishment of the Cebu Disability-inclusive DRR Network (Cebu DiDRRN) as a platform for such collaboration, facilitating partnership and dialogue among different stakeholders in the province of Cebu, in Central Philippines.
The Cebu DiDRRN, as a multistakeholder advocacy coalition participated actively by disabled people’s organizations, has produced promising practices in how to work with government and various DRM actors in the promotion of DiDRR. Since the launching of the network early in 2015, the Cebu DiDRRN has accomplished the following:
- Held the 1st Cebu Summit and Learning Event on Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction;
- Organized DRR Info-fair Exhibition;
- Participated in the Sunset review of RA 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Act of 2010;
- Conducted Training of Trainers on “Lahat Handa” Manual for Disability-inclusive DRR for the Province of Cebu and;
- Conducted roadshows in commemoration of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDR).
“From this experience, we have shown how working collaboratively and partnering with government at different levels is a crucial component for advancing disability inclusion in DRR. Through this collaboration, for example, we have advocated for the integration of disability inclusion in developing local DRM budgets as well as for greater participation of persons with disabilities in DRM processes,” Canete added.
It is hoped that the lessons from A2D Project’s initiatives in DiDRR can contribute to strengthening the ongoing advocacy for strengthening disability inclusion in DRR programming in the country and in the region.
Over 3,000 participants attended the AMCDRR 2016 including ministers and senior government officials, bilateral and multilateral organizations, community-based organizations, technical experts, and private organizations from more than 40 countries. The major outcomes of the AMCDRR were the Asia Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, New Delhi declaration for strengthening political commitment in the region in DRR, as well as a series of action statements from various partners promoting an ‘all-of-society approach’ to building disaster resilience. A2D Project’s participation in the AMCDRR 2016 was supported by Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB), a German relief and social welfare organization engaged in a widerange of social service provision in Germany and abroad. Apart from Canete, the A2D Project delegation to the AMCDRR 2016 also included Ms. Marivic Codinera and Mr. Marvelous Jorda of Blind Association of Lapulapu City.
The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives awards an 8-month grant to A2D Project to implement an initiative entitled “Women Action for Community Resilience through Promoting Gender-responsive Budgeting for DRM/CCA” (WOMENACT4DRM/CCA). This pioneering work aims to build capacities of selected at-risk coastal communities for gender-responsive budgeting in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation planning and programming.
According to the Disaster Risk Reduction and Gender Consultant of A2D Project, Kaira Zoe Alburo-Canete, “while community-based disaster risk management has gained popularity in the Philippines, gender has remained a marginal consideration in DRM planning and strategizing.” Cañete further points out that while it has long been recognized that consulting with women often and continuously is essential in crafting effective development and disaster prevention initiatives, women’s contributions to risk reduction have been easily undermined due to their lack of meaningful participation in DRM processes. “Gender-responsive budgeting is an effective tool through which gender-aware climate change and disaster risk reduction measures can be put in place. This project is unique as gender-responsive budgeting has not yet been fully explored or applied as a method specifically to facilitate efforts in building community resilience to disasters” Cañete added.
One of the main results of the project is the development of a toolkit on community-based gender-responsive budgeting for DRM/CCA programming. This toolkit will be made available to local governments and government agencies, civil society organizations, and people’s associations in order to promote gender inclusion in local disaster risk reduction programs.
As pilot areas, the WOMENACT4DRM/CCA Project will be rolled out in barangays Guintaboan and Cuya in the Municipality of Ubay, Bohol.