Jesuits and colleagues in the Asia Pacific region are gathering in the Philippines next month to discuss and share how transformed lifestyles are moving a more meaningful and effective response to environmental and social concerns in their ministries. The three-day environmental reflection workshop will be held at the Culture and Ecology Centre in Bendum, Bukidnon from June 6 to 10, and is organized by the Reconciliation with Creation programme of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP).
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Stakeholders met for a dialogue on the water, sanitation and hygiene issues of the ten transitory sites and one evacuation center in Zamboanga City. The dialogue took place on July 15, 2015 at the Carlos Dominguez Conference Hall of Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU).
Water, sanitation and hygiene continue to be a challenge for residents of the transitory sites and evacuation centers. These residents are the internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the 2013 Zamboanga Siege. Interventions to address these issues fall under an umbrella program called WASH – water, sanitation and hygiene.
As 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.
There 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.