Disaster Risk Reduction






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Local partners in Northern Samar conduct focus group discussions with children to find out about their issues.

Consensus will be established among critical stakeholders on the understanding of child-centred DRR principles, elements, approaches and strategies. This will be developed by drawing lessons from experiences locally as well as from other countries, and through research and consultation with critical stakeholders and practitioners. Spatial, child-centered risk assessment that considers natural hazards and human factors will also be conducted in selected areas.

Programme management will be through collaboration with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the DRRNet, a coalition of DRR-focused NGOs. The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and Climate Change Commission (CCC), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), National Mapping and Resource Information Agency (NAMRIA), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhIVolcS), League of Municipalities and League of Cities will also be key government partners.

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will be tapped to serve as catalysts, mobilizers and organizers of child-centered DRR in communities and government. They will help build the capacities of local NGOs and partner with LGUs and national agencies to develop child-centered disaster risk management (DRM) programs and integrate them into local development and emergency plans.

Child-centered DRM will be promoted in the most disadvantaged and disaster-prone areas, covering 10 LGUs and about 20 barangays and 20 schools. Children will also be consulted and, through their representatives, participate in planning. Currently, a Children’s Charter for DRR advocates, among others, that schools are kept safe, education is not interrupted, and child protection be given priority before, during and after a disaster.

Existing government guidelines on DRR/climate change adaptation (CCA) will be enhanced by developing supplementary guidance on how LGUs and national government agencies can make their DRR plans and programs more child-centred and gender-sensitive.



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