NGO conducts disaster, climate change seminar

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Saturday, August 23, 2014


MASANTOL -- A non-government group has conducted a three-day seminar for some 90 local leaders and residents of Minalin and Masantol towns on weekend.

Save the Children, the lead organizer of the event, said that the event is in preparation for incoming typhoons and monsoon rains.

A statement from the group said that the seminar has tackled the latest development and pressing issues regarding Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).

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"This is to increase the resiliency of some 15,000 families, including about 2,000 children, who are most vulnerable to flooding. The barangays of Minalin and Masantol are perennially flooded being part of Pampanga’s catch basin," the statement added.

The statement added that Save the Children has oriented the towns’ representatives on how to create hazard-mapping tools. Trainees included municipal leaders, barangay captains and kagawads, firemen, public school principals and teachers, and presidents of parents-teachers associations.

Aside from the hazard maps, Save the Children aims to prepare Kapampangans against calamities, to create school DRR management teams and children DRR brigades, and to strengthen existing local DRR units.

A few weeks from now, grade school pupils from Pampanga are also set to undergo capacity-building seminar, a major component of this DRR project which is set to end in August 2015.

Dedicated to helping children, Save the Children - the world's leading independent children's organization - has worked in the Philippines for over three decades, and in 120 more countries, providing both emergency and long-term support to improve the quality of life for children.

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has funded the Pampanga DRR project. KOICA was founded as a government agency on April 1, 1991, to maximize the effectiveness of Korea's grant aid programs for developing countries by implementing the government's grant aid and technical cooperation programs.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 24, 2014.

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