The Philippines is considered as one of the world’s top calamity-prone countries. Recognizing disasters as a limiting factor for community development, the Foundation works for disaster resiliency at the community level by providing training to stakeholders on disaster management; assisting local government units preparing their plans/ programs for disaster risk management and rehabilitation plans and providing emergency assistance to victims of disasters and calamities.
Emergency Relief and Recue Operations
The Foundation distributed 800,000 relief packs in four provinces (Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Capiz and Aklan) that were hit by Super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). In the 2012 Habagat ﬂooding of Metro Manila, the Foundation also distributed 300,000 relief packs to the nearby affected provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan and Rizal.
First Responder Trainings
In partnership with the Center for Disaster and Emergency Management (CDEM) in the University of Makati, as of August 2014, the Foundation has supported the training of over 250 emergency ﬁrst responders, and technical upgrade trainings for 25 experienced volunteer rescuers from its partner-volunteer organizations. With the focus on strengthening municipal and barangay disaster risk reduction and management capabilities, the Foundation looks to support trainings for emergency and disaster ﬁrst responders from the local levels.