The Philippine International Non-Government Organization Network (PINGON) welcomed the Humanitarian Leadership Academy Philippines as its 51st member during their monthly meeting held March 29, 2017 at the office of Action Against Hunger, PINGON’s current convenor.
PINGON was formed in 2008 initially as a loose alliance of INGOs with humanitarian progams as a mechanism for organized INGO representation in the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT). Since then, the network has become a dynamic, informal venue to more effectively coordinate the provision and delivery of humanitarian aid by INGOs in the Philippines during times of major disasters and emergencies. PINGON also collectively advocates for appropriate actions on key humanitarian issues confronting the most vulnerable sectors in the country.
In the monthly meeting, Yasser Saad, Head of Office of UNHCR-Philippines shared updates related to Protection issues and the Protection Cluster of the HCT. Mark Bidder, Head of Office of UN-OCHA Philippines then shared updates on the Philippine Response Preparedness and the National Disaster Response Plan. The Academy’s Philippines Center was represented by Programs Lead Dong Wana and DRR & Resilience Program Manager, Mark A. Cervantes.
The Philippines Center can support the learning needs of PINGON member-organizations by making learning and knowledge products accessible to the network. As PINGON members are the main users of the Academy’s learning products, they can provide valuable feedback. This is also an opportunity for the Academy to improve existing learning products of network members, and develop new materials to respond to specific learning gaps in disaster risk reduction.
The Philippines Center has entered into a number of strategic partnerships to further strengthen local capacity to respond to emergencies, to include:
- Strengthening local surge capacity (with Christian Aid);
- Conversion of the DRR101 modules into e-learning formats (with Office of Civil Defense);
- Developing CBDRRM modules into blended learning formats for local CSOs, improved coordination and training on contingency planning for local CSO hubs (with CODE-NGO);
- Developing a humanitarian management course for Local Chief Executives (with Development Academy of the Philippines); and,
- Training on Business Continuity Planning for MSMEs for new audiences (with CODE NGO, COOP NATCCO and the Cooperative Development Authority).
- Through the Global Academy Office, the Academy also funded a pilot for survivor-led response (SLR) in the Philippines.