Last October 3 to 8, 2014, in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, PRRM’s training team on community-based disaster risk reduction and management (CBDRRM) facilitated a Training of Trainers (ToT) on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Local Development Planning to the staff of the International Organization of Migration (IOM). IOM is currently doing relief and immediate recovery work in the Yolanda-devastated areas through provision of temporary-transition shelters, capacity building of communities in disaster risk reduction, and camp management and evacuation, among others.
Twenty-six staff from both IOM hubs in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, and Tacloban, Leyte, actively participated in the capacity building activity. They took part in the orientation and discussion sessions on climate change and its relation to weather-induced disasters; various risk assessment tools to determine community hazards, vulnerabilities and capacities; steps and processes in formulating a community-based contingency plan; and the integration of disaster risk reduction in local development plans. These were complemented by further discussions on the legal framework of integrating disaster preparedness, prevention and mitigation, response, recovery and rehabilitation in official barangay development plans.
The training team was composed of PRRM President Isagani R. Serrano, Dr. Sharon Taylor, Raymundo C. Agaton, Jr., Charlie Razo, Nilo V. Manangan, and Nappy R. Manegdeg.