UPV-CWVS spearheads building culture of resilience in Western Visayas
The Center for West Visayan Studies (CWVS), UP Visayas, launched the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation Resource Hub on December 3, 2015 at the GCEB Audio Visual Hall, UPV Iloilo City campus.
Attended by various member-organizations that make up “Scaling UP Resilience in Governance” or SURGE in Western Visayas, the event introduced the DRR-CCA Resource web portal that would complement the knowledge products available at drrknowledge.net, an online library for the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Management. The website was established to serve as a learning platform for UPV students and faculty, national and local government agencies, civil society organizations and individual practitioners deeply involved in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation efforts. The project is currently maintained by the CWVS.
The activity also became a venue for SURGE members in Western Visayas to present reports of their response efforts especially in small island barangays, which are most often neglected during calamities of great magnitude such as that of Typhoon Haiyan. SURGE aims to increase resilience of high risk communities to confront increasing disaster risks and climate change impacts in the Philippines and to consolidate the learning on inclusive Community-Based DRR and lessons from Haiyan experience, and use them to influence change in disaster reduction management (DRM) policies and practice in the Philippines.
Prof. Jorge Ebay, UPVFI-SURGE Program Manager, emphasized that “building a culture of resilience among communities is an urgent call.”
The SURGE Program is actively supported by the Christian Aid, Handicap International, OXFAM, Plan International and Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection.