Advancing CSO Engagement in DRRM-CCA (ACED Project)
As CODE-NGO gears towards resiliency efforts, it continued its partnership with Christian Aid for the “Advancing Civil Society Organizations’ (CSOs) Engagement in DRRM and CCA” or the ACED Project. On its second year, the project organized a five (5)-day training program last October 6-10, 2014 where a cadre of 49 “DRRM champions” among participating CSOs was formed. The champions were oriented to conduct or facilitate community-based disaster risk assessment, disaster contingency planning and post-disaster rapid needs assessment. At the local level, implementing partners were able to apply their lessons from the training by re-echoing training sessions on DRR-CCA 101, DRR preparedness, Barangay DRRM planning, contingency planning, and participatory capacity and vulnerability assessment.
CODE-NGO has also made progress in setting up CSO DRR Coordination Hubs in 10 regions. The DRR Hubs will be the network’s mechanism for communicating and coordinating emergency response during disasters, and the platform for the network’s advocacy and learning exchange during “peace time”. This initiative has the support of the CODE-NGO Board of Trustees, which passed a resolution to ensure that its regional member networks will get the support needed to beef up the Hubs. CODE-NGO’s commitment to contribute to building the resilience of the communities was further enshrined in the Davao Declarationof Peace and Resilience, approved by its General Assembly during the Social Development Celebration in Davao City last December 5, 2014.
The hub was initially activated before Typhoon Ruby made landfall last December 2014, which resulted to producing a consolidated Community Damage Analysis and Needs Assessment (CDANA) at the national level. The consolidated CDANA has been recognized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) as one of the local initiatives on damage assessment. Utilizing Facebook as the medium for communication, this has been an avenue for the network to coordinate information within the regional hubs before, during, and after the onslaught of disasters e.g., typhoons Seniang, Egay, Falcon and Ineng.
To commemorate the 1st anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda, CODE-NGO conducted a forum to discuss the network’s assessment of the government’s initiatives and the lessons learned by local CSOs and the public sector after the typhoon. Based on the output from the forum, CODE-NGO was able to formally submit recommendations for a more responsive Yolanda rehabilitation and recovery to the Office of the Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) and other government agencies leading the program. Key to the recommendations submitted by the CSOs is to mainstream the principles of people’s participation, integrated approach and transparency in the implementation of the government’s rehabilitation plans as laid out in the Comprehensive Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan (CRRP).
In terms of advocacy, CODE-NGO, through the Advocacy Working Group on DRR-CCA, has identified and worked on priority DRR-CCA advocacy agenda: CSO engagement and participation, coordination hub, RA 10121 review and resource mobilization, which are to be led by CenVISNET, MINCODE, PHILSSA and PBSP, respectively.