Success & dynamics of Community Engagement : the Buklod Tao case study
Success and Dynamics ofCommunity Engagement inCommunity-based Disaster RiskReduction:The Buklod Tao Case StudyMAVIC G. PINEDACollege of Computer StudiesDe La Salle Univeristy, Manila, PhilippinesEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org October 2012
Introduction The “Aetas” or “Negritos” in the Central Luzon of the Philippines may be considered as the most self-reliant aboriginal communities in the country. They have very strong foraging and farming skills. (Seitz, 2004)
The 1991 Mt Pinatubo eruptionTheir discovery led to social disruption and disas
Issues in this situation First, the Aetas did not have a community partner who understands them and share their interests. Second, nobody knew what the Aetas were capable of—in terms of disaster risk reduction, preparedness nor disaster response. Third, there were no existing policies that time that will protect their subsistence and interests. Fourth, the government was not prepared and knowledgeable that time on how to respond to the disaster and how to properly support the Aetas.
This brings to biggerquestions How do we build a sustainable engagement on disaster risk reduction respectful of the methods and practices of the communities? How do we uncover the knowledge of the community in disaster risk reduction and translate this into intellectual capital? What kind of experiences can we draw to recommend methods, frameworks and policies to support community based disaster risk management? How do we train, expand and enhance a community’s DRR know-how though the use of ICT?
The Buklod Tao community Banaba is a water catchment area population is estimated at around 30,000 with around 2,500 households. The area is divided into seven zones or puroks.
The Buklod Tao DRR model Buklod Tao has become a disaster risk management model laboratory in the town of San Mateo, Rizal a key actor in the DRRNet Phils (Disaster Risk Reduction Network Phils)
Presence of mutual interestsBuklod Tao DLSU1. Has a trustworthy leadership with 1. A leader in nation-building and has involved, participative members and great faith on communities faith on communities 2. Has strong research capability2. Well-defined and very good DRR especially on DRR (disaster risk (disaster risk reduction) program and reduction) practices3. Has strong commitment to livelihood 3. Has strong commitment to support and development the deserving and economically poor4. A CoP (Community of Practice) on 4. A CoP (Community of Practice) on community building and DRR community building and DRR5. Openness to community engagement 5. Openness to community engagement6. Provides training to its community 6. Excellent track record on training and members education7. Is open to ICT practice 7. Has the ICT competenc
The CBDRMS PandoraCommunity-based disasterrisk management is a processin which at-risk communitiesare actively engaged in theidentification, analysis,treatment, monitoring andevaluation of disaster risks inorder to reduce theirvulnerabilities and enhancetheir capacities. (ADPC, 2006)
Highlights of the PandoraCommunity profilingRisk assessment Generation of vulnerability Hazard mapping Tweet map Crowdsourced flood reportsTraining & assessment
Dynamics of the engagemen Clarification of expectations Limitation of means and resources How much is win-win? Continuous dialogue and interaction Open to other ties and partnerships
We will not repeatthe Pinatubo social disaster Maraming salamat!
Acknowledgment to Ka Noli Abinalesand the Buklod Tao community Mavic G. Pineda IT Dept, College of Computer Studies De La Salle University Email: email@example.com Twitter: @mobilemartha Slides: http://slideshare.net/mobilemartha
ReferencesS. Seitz, The Aeta at the Mt Pinatubo Philippines A Minority group coping with Disaster, 2004, pp. 1- 5.Ibid., pp. 14-18.ADPC, in S. K. Kafle and Z. Murshed, Community- based disaster risk management for local authorities, p. 27, ADPC, 2006.Photo and images’ sources:Drawings from the Flickr photostream of the HikingArtist http://blogs.agu.org/magmacumlaude/2009/02/26 /you-need-to-go-here-and-here-and-here- accretionary-wedge-16/ http://sanctuschristopher.blogspot.com/2009/07/ memory-lane-mt-pinatubo-eruption-june.html