The People's Initiative for Learning and Community Development (PILCD), in partnership with the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, conducted last week a 3-day Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DIDRRM) workshop that was participated by local DRRM officers and representatives of persons with disability (PWDs) associations from the different municipalities of Benguet and Baguio City.
The activity was generally aimed to establish better awareness on DIDRRM and on proper handling of PWDs in disaster preparedness and response given the high vulnerability risk for them during disasters, PILCD Executive Director Ramon Mapa outlined.
By disability inclusion, it means to address the social, physical and attitudinal barriers between PWDs and disaster, in all phases of disaster risk reduction and management, Mapa explained.
The workshop included presentation on the national and global disability situation; barriers and principles on disability inclusion in DRRM; and an overview on the country's DRRM system and existing policies for the protection and promotion of the rights of PWDs.
There were also presentation on the link between disability and disaster, sharing of related experiences, and an orientation on disability inclusive DRRM practices in disaster prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
'I hope DRRM officers will review their plan and look into the gaps or what enhancement it needed to become inclusive, such as inclusion of PWD database or listing who and where are the PWDs, in every barangay, so that they can integrate it into their disaster risk mapping', Mapa said.
Meantime, Baguio City PWD Federation President Avelino Tomas acknowledged the importance of such activity to their sector and expressed their gratitude to PILCD and its partner for such workshop.
"This activity is very important as we are making sure that the LGUs and the communities are aware on how to handle the PWDs in case of emergencies or disaster, at the same time it promotes DRRM awareness for our sector", Tomas said. (JDP/CCD/S. Gatdula amp; H. Tabahonda-PIA CAR/SLU Interns)