Tag Archive for disaster preparedness

Exploring possibilities to collaborate and network for disaster risk reduction

2014_05_15_Editorial_photo-e1402448557966In a recent consultation to explore possibilities for collaboration and networking on disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts, organized as a colloquium of the Society of Jesus Social Apostolate (SJSA), the reports from the various Jesuit institutions in the Philippine Province show a tremendous and impressive array of responses that allow us get together, act and collaborate more broadly within and outside Jesuit institutions, and move beyond the traditional social apostolate.

Collaborative response in disaster risk reduction

2014_01_15_Editorial_Photo1-300x300As we enter the next phases of post-disaster response in relation to typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), we are called to ask ourselves what is the commitment and the quality of such commitment as we explore possible collaboration and contributions of Jesuit institutions in post-typhoon rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts. The commitment may occur with key government officials who have responsibility for this task, with multilateral financing and development institutions, with civil society groups of professionals and from the private sector.

The role of structure and infrastructure in disaster reduction

2013_11_30_Editorial_Photo1-300x300There is now an awareness that after typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit central Philippines last 8 November 2013, infrastructure broke down, and not just roads and bridges, but also communication channels, power, water, transportation. Economic structures where subsistence co-exists with poverty also broke down, and there is now the immediate challenge for people to build livable structures as their housing. Structuring a whole response of sustainable cities and villages as a reality, beyond an architectural print-out, is the challenge the country faces.

Responding to the Environmental Extremes and the Economics of the Times

cdo_flight_chopper-113-300x225It’s the growing season in tropical Asia with early harvests of rice in the lowlands and corn in the uplands. The memory of the two storms that caused area devastation in the Philippines at the beginning of the year has faded and the landscape looks one of abundance. Walking down the riverbeds and around the deltas, it is easy to see people getting on with their lives in ways that are covering up the scars of disaster: an ongoing environmental crisis of management. Environmental disaster is made worse by the economic crisis; the poor do not know how they will be next hit, by a returning jobless family member or another typhoon.

The Philippine Working Group on Disaster Risk Resilience

pwg_bro-298x300The activities of the Philippine Working Group (PWG) are organized through the Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC), a Jesuit research organization in the Philippines that promotes environmental sustainability and social justice through the integration of scientific methodologies and social process.  PWG activities and process are critical to ESSC’s work program on disaster risk resilience that is undertaken in collaboration with partners who seek ways to reduce the risk of weather events when these trigger hydroclimatological hazards such as floods, landslides, and drought.