In January 2017, the Humanitarian Leadership Academy in the Philippines supported the “Jump-Starting of the Wellbeing Cluster (WC) in Cebu City”.

This is the initial phase leading to piloting the first localized Wellbeing Cluster in the Philippines. A first localized cluster in the country – this is the first of its kind in the world. The project is implemented by the Central Visayas Network of NGOs (CENVISNET) and Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated (RAFI). It was supported by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy Philippines.

The Wellbeing Cluster is part of a global initiative on wellness among humanitarian responders currently being led by START Network. The Wellbeing Cluster promotes and mainstreams psychosocial and mental health programs towards wellness and resiliency in the workplace.

The Wellbeing Cluster is composed of non-government organizations, academe, government agencies, local government units, media, faith-based organizations, private sectors, and other sectoral groups.

After the set-up, it was time to announce, promote and celebrate.

Coinciding with the National Disaster Resilience Month, and in recognition of the passage of Republic Act 11036 or the Philippine Mental Health Act of 2017 and a welcoming activity for the World Humanitarian Day in August, the Wellbeing Cluster launching dubbed “All for Wellbeing, Resilient Together” was held July 30 to 31 in Cebu City.

The event highlighted the best practices, studies, innovations, programs and projects of individuals and organizations in mainstreaming wellbeing and resiliency in the Philippines. It brought together hundreds of multi-sectoral stakeholders to celebrate their achievements over the years and renew their commitment to continue the work of genuine empowerment of Filipinos towards a culture of disaster preparedness, wellbeing and resiliency.

Check out the livestream of the launch on their Facebook page @WellbeingClusterPH.


Mark Cervantes
Program Manager, Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience
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