A workshop on the pre-crisis mapping was organised by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) to selected volunteers from the Adventist Community Services (ACS) on 14-15 November 2017 at the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, Silang, Cavite.
Around 17 ACS volunteers from Silang and GMA in Cavite were deployed to conduct the pre-crisis mapping through:
1) Pre-crisis information/data mapping tool: This tool has sets of questions on aid preferences, information needs, preferred communication channels, and accountability mechanisms;
2) Household or per family-based survey/consultation;
3) Focus group discussions on persons with disabilities, elderly, women and children; and
4) Key informant interviews with Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council members and other community networks.
The pre-crisis information mapping survey tool was also presented to key leaders of Cavite Association of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (CADRRMOs). The CADRRMOs said that the tool can be integrated with their existing community-based monitoring system – their way of engaging the community in pre-crisis information. They will convince their respective local government units to also conduct pre-crisis mapping for better preparedness and response plan.
Results of the pre-crisis mapping will provide initial information on the preferential needs of the communities likely to be affected by the Big One, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Cavite. This will influence the contingency planning process of the Local Government Units in Cavite.
This initiative is under the “Vulnerability and Impact Reduction to Earthquake Project” or PROJECT VIPER, which is implemented jointly by ADRA, the Humanitarian Leadership Academy Philippines and the PDRRMO-Cavite Office of Public Safety (PDRRMO-COPS).