CNDR Milestones & Highlights
1990 Luzon Earthquake and the path towards the birth of CNDR
On July 16, 1990, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 hit Luzon and took the lives of more than 1,600 people, most of the fatalities located in Central Luzon and the Cordillera region. Among the hardest hit areas were the cities of Baguio, Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija, and Dagupan in Pangasinan.
The killer earthquake extensively devastated the City of Baguio, destroying a lot of buildings, hotels and other business establishments.
While the Luzon earthquake brought about destruction to the country and claimed the lives of many, it also bought about compassion and unity among the Filipinos. It roused the private sector to help out and it awakened the “bayanihan” spirit in them.
There was no particular group that was fully prepared to take on the task of rescue and rehabilitation after a disaster, but different groups, both from the government and private sectors, came together and responded to the crisis.
However, despite the overwhelming participation of various groups, their efforts seemed inadequate due to lack of coordination and standardized system. This was a challenge that a number of participating groups in the relief operations recognized. They felt the need for a coordinated and systematized response to disasters for an optimum result.
PBSP initiative and the birth of CNDR
In September 1990, the Philippine Business for Social Progress instigated a forum on “Corporate Response to Disaster,” among corporations and NGOs. The forum focused on how the different networks can be more organized and efficient in disaster response.
The following month of that year, a workshop was held to work on the corporate sector’s response to disasters and to create the system and procedures for coordination and operations during calamity.
This workshop in October of 1990 paved the way for the creation of a network of linkages and resources known as the Corporate Network for Disaster and Response.
In 1990, CNDR was born.
Typhoon Ruping: CNDR’s Baptism of Fire
A few months after the 1990 Luzon earthquake and just before its formal launch, CNDR had its baptism of fire during the typhoon Ruping that hit the Visayas in November. Despite being newly organized, CNDR stepped up to the plate during this disaster and was able to coordinate the mobilization of resources from the business community to the affected areas efficiently.
The typhoon Ruping experience also kicked off CNDR’s partnerships with community-based NGOs, which served as distribution channels of relief goods to the victims.
February 21, 1991: First meeting of Board of Advisers
It was on this date when CNDR had its first meeting with its board of advisers to formalize the organization. This was also a significant date because it was when the directions for the major programs, thrusts and work plans of CDNR were set.
The CNDR organizing members were:
Philippine Business for Social Progress
Andres Soriano, Jr. Foundation
Sycip, Gorres, Velayo and Co.
Makati Business Club
San Miguel Corporation
Philippine Investment Management Consultants
Mabuhay Vinyl Corporation
UCPB Foundation and
Asia Pacific Telecommunications
“Forum on Corporate Response to Crisis”
Due to the Gulf War in 1991, CNDR sponsored a conference entitled, “Forum on Corporate Response to Crisis.”
CNDR saw the need to prepare the Philippines, a developing country, for the probable effects of major global crisis.
The conference aimed to address the effects of global crisis on ordinary employees and the urban poor. It also aimed to encourage the planning and implementation of contingency plans within the business community during these kinds of global calamities.
“Corporate Program on Crisis Management”
CNDR sponsored in February another forum entitled, ““Corporate Program on Crisis Management.” it focused on the possibility of providing programs on crisis and stress management, with the emphasis on the employees’ welfare.
A manual about corporate experiences on crisis management was distributed to the participants.
“Drought Planning and Management”
CNDR organized a forum on “Drought Planning and Management” to discuss the problems faced by the industrial sectors situated in drought-stricken areas.
The forum was in response to the National Committee on Water Crisis Management’s call to private sectors to identify drought-related problems affecting their operations and their proposed solutions.
The output of this forum was presented in the May 1991 National Workshop on Drought Planning and Management sponsored by the Inter-Agency Committee on Water Crisis Management, World Meteorological Organization, R.L. Southern Weather Associates and Andres Soriano, Jr. Foundation.
Seminar on Earthquake Preparedness
In line with its mandate to inform and educate the business community and other groups on disaster and appropriate disaster response, CNDR initiated a seminar-workshop on earthquake preparedness in October 1991. It was facilitated by the Social Development Management Institute of PBSP, with resource persons from PAGASA.
The seminar, which was attended by mostly building administrators and HRD Managers from various Metro Manila-based companies, aimed to shed light on the public’s concerns on the Marikina Fault Line issue. It also aimed to enable the participants to formulate a plan of action for earthquake preparedness.
Mt. Pinatubo Relief Operations
Cash donations and relief goods distribution
On June 17, 1991, a few days after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption, CNDR immediately commenced its relief operations for the victims in the affected provinces of Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac and Bataan.
CNDR was able to mobilize Php2, 247,925.21 in cash donations and more than a hundred tons of relief goods. Corporate assistance, such as transport facilities, etc. were valued at Php1.3M.
Other corporations gave their own relief contributions directly to the community-based relief organizations.
Contributions from foreign donors were received by PBSP for relief operations, which were channeled through selected NGO partners in disaster stricken areas.
ABS-CBN Foundation, one of the drop-off centers, received cash donation amounting to over Php5M and some 110 tons of relief goods.
The Pinatubo disaster created an opportunity for CNDR to work with Inter-Agency Network for Disaster Response (IANDR), a network of credible NGOs involved in disaster preparedness, relief and rehabilitation.
Aside from relief goods distribution, CNDR tied up with the Mental Health Task Force on Disaster Management (MHTFDM) to assist the victims in addressing their psychological needs. This assistance was done in coordination with the SGV Foundation.
Municipal Rehabilitation Planning Workshop
CNDR sponsored the Municipal Rehabilitation Planning Workshops of the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc (JVOFI) for seven municipalities in Zambales. The workshops aimed to move the people and the national government agencies into working together in rehabilitating their municipalities.
Food-for-work assistance project
CNDR provided Php 401,640.00 grant to the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) for its food-for-work assistance to victims in Botolan, Zambales. The beneficiaries of which were 400 households of barangays Moraza, Palis, Nacolcol and Cabatuan.
Ormoc Relief Operation
Tropical storm Uring caused the landslides and flash floods in Ormoc City that instantly drowned and killed thousands of its inhabitants. During this time, CNDR was still immersed in the Mt. Pinatubo relief operations. But despite their limitations, CNDR was able to raise relief goods and cash donations amounting to Php 1,767,421.95 for the victims of the Ormoc disaster.
Cebu-based Aboitiz Group Foundation, Inc. (AGFI) assisted CNDR in relief goods distribution. AGFI allocated the cash donations for the shelter relief assistance of the homeless victims of the typhoon victims in Ormoc.
Three years after its inception, CNDR’s founding entities were overwhelmed by the generous and proactive response of the corporate sector to the need for disaster relief. Because of this, they were motivated to build CNDR into a full-fledged SEC-registered disaster management institution.
In April 1993, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the incorporation of CNDR as a non-stock, non-profit institution.
The first formal meeting on July 7, 1993 elected the following members of the Board of Trustees:
Mr. Raul T. Concepcion
Mr. Carlos P. Dominguez
Ms Victoria P. Garchitorena
Mr. Ramon G. Hechanova
Mr. Enrique M. Herbosa
Mr. Oscar J. Hilado
Mr. Alberto A. Lim
Mr. Ramon B. Pasicolan, Jr.
Mr. Carlos T. Soriano
Amb. Bienvenido A. Tan
Organization of Local Networks: Mindanao Network for Disaster Response (MNDR) and the Bicol CNDR
Part of the success of CNDR’s relief operations in 1992 was due to the organization of Provincial Command Centers based in Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales. So after several consultations and motivational workshops, two local networks were formed: the Mindanao Network for Disaster Response (MNDR) and the Bicol CNDR.
Together with the representatives from three Provincial Command Centers, members of the new networks underwent training on basic elements of disaster management.
Corporate Institution Building for Disaster Response II
With CNDR’s new policy to include pre-disaster response or disaster prevention and mitigation and preparedness in its program and a $25,000 grant from the USAID, CNDR embarked on a project called, “Corporate Institution Building for Disaster Response II.”
The project aimed to provide training on disaster preparedness, mitigation and prevention (PMP) to members of the CNDR local corporate networks and to pilot the disaster plans based on community vulnerabilities.
Relief Operations for Mt. Mayon Victims
The eruption of Mt. Mayon in Legazpi City on February 2, 1993 mobilized the newly organized Bicol CNDR. Its response was closely coordinated with the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC).
Relief Operations for Lahar Victims
Typhoon Kadiang in September 1993 and typhoon Husing in November 1993 caused the lahar flows in the area of Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales.
CNDR was involved in relief operations for those affected by the lahar flows. Aside from the regular relief items that were distributed, CNDR in partnership with PBSP and USAID also built emergency shelters for 725 lahar victims in the disaster-stricken areas.
Anilao Watershed Reforestation Project
According to the findings of several international and local disaster management institutions, the flash floods in Ormoc City on November 5, 1991 was partly the result of the denudation of the Anilao watershed in the hills of municipalities adjacent to the City of Ormoc. Due to this and in line with CNDR’s new mandate on disaster mitigation, CNDR contributed to the funding of the watershed reforestation project.
CNDR’s policy on building alliances and linkages is not limited to local partnerships. CNDR has established a professional relationship with the Bangkok-based Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) – a reputable training institution on disaster management.
In 1993, the ADPC conducted the 16th Disaster Management Course (DMC-16) in the Philippines.
Growing Local Corporate Networks
In 1994, CNDR has nine networks namely: Pampanga Provincial Command Center, Tarlac Provincial Command Center, Zambales Provincial Command Center, Bicol CNDR, Mindanao Network for Disaster Response, Cebu Crisis Network (partner network), CNDR Manila, Bacolod CNDR and Iloilo CNDR.
Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Preparedness Program
Local Network Disaster PMP
The “Local Disaster PMP” aims at providing the local CNDR local networks with the capability to undertake disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness activities.
Thirty-nine corporate members from the various CNDR networks participated in the disaster PMP training. Each network was provided technical assistance especially in the vulnerability analysis of their respective areas and in the preparation of their specific disaster plans.
Two pilot multi-sectoral networks were organized, to be supported by he CNDR in preparing their disaster plans. These networks are: The Davao City Multi-sectoral Disaster Planning Network (MSDN) led by the Davao Disaster Coordinating City Council and the Mindanao Network for Disaster Response, and Region Eight Network for Disaster Response (RENDR) spearheaded by the Tacloban Rescue Unit Foundation, a CNDR affiliate.
Each pilot site in Davao City and in Dagami, Leyte, has developed community preparedness plans.
Bayanihan: Building Multi-sectoral Partnerships for Sustainable Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Preparedness
The purpose of CNDR “Bayanihan” project is to establish, strengthen and promote multi-sectoral partnerships as a critical mechanism for effective and sustainable management of disasters in the Philippines. The project, which will be implemented in four years starting September 21, 1994, seeks to:
Strengthen or organize multi-sectoral networks in three disaster-prone provinces (one in Mt. Pinatubo area and another in two selected vulnerable provinces)
Establish an electronic mail system that will link up the networks with CNDR Manila and disaster response agencies, ensuring fast and timely flow of information for effective disaster response
Develop a generic PMP training curricula, manuals and materials that can be adapted to the specific requirements of provincial situations
Support the organization of professionals in disaster management as a PMP technical resource pool for training and research, and
Organize or participate in conferences that raise national awareness on Disasters and
Development and Disaster PMP.
Continued Disaster Assistance
In 1994, the country had several calamities. There was typhoon Akang that devastated Manito, Albay and affected other parts including Naga and Mindoro.
In the mid of 1994, the rainy season and the accompanying typhoons flooded areas in Davao and Iloilo.
While in October, typhoon Katring lashed the Southern Tagalog region and Metro Manila that left hundreds of families homeless and millions of pesos worth of properties damaged.
In November, an earthquake of 7 magnitude with an accompanying tsunami destroyed coastal barangays of Calapan, Baco and Pinamalayan in Oriental Mindoro.
During the said disasters, CNDR responded accordingly and extended cash assistance and relief goods distribution.
Italian Aid Program
The Italian government donated PhP 4.9M worth of canned beef and biscuits as disaster relief assistance for the victims in Luzon. The goods were distributed to approximately 13,500 beneficiary families.
More Relief and Rehabilitation Programs in 1995
The year 1995 didn’t spare the country from numerous typhoons, which brought flashfloods, landslides, flooding and lahar flows. Thousands of lives were lost and thousands of families were left homeless and vast lands and fields were declared beyond use.
There was typhoon Auring in June, which damaged the Romblon area due to flashfloods. Super typhoon Rosing devastated Bicol and Southern Tagalog Region. Typhoons Karing, Gening, Hemling, Ising and Mameng hit Central Luzon that brought destructive lahar flows and prolonged floodings in Pampanga and displaced hundreds and thousands of families.
In October, typhoon Pepang hit the Visayas Region while floods submerged several towns in South Cotabato after rainwater overflowed from the crater of Mt. Parker in T’boli.
CNDR was quick to respond to the needs of the disaster victims. They were able to mobilize cash and goods from various donors. The relief assistance reached out to more than 100,000 families. More than 3,000 patients received medical attention during the medical missions conducted in Pampanga and Bicol regions.
Continued Pinatubo IV Shelter Assistance Project
Aside from relief operations, CNDR continued the implementation of its Pinatubo IV Shelter Assistance Project, which provided emergency shelters and sanitation facilities to 500 families who were victims of the lahar flows.
The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) awarded a Php 100,000 grant to Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (ERUF), a community-based organization in Cebu City that seeks to provide efficient, effective and equitable emergency medical and recue services.
Previous projects update
In December 1995, the Anilao Watershed Rehabilitation Project of PHILDRRA-WELSDEC in Ormoc City, which was funded by CNDR was completed.
The full implementation of Bayanihan PMP marked the year. Bayanihan PMP was conceived to strengthen multi-sectoral partnerships to optimize resource allocations for sustainable disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.
Paradigm Shift in 1996
CNDR started as a relief provider in response to the Luzon earthquake in 1990. Through the years, it has responded accordingly and delivered services efficiently. Today, CDNR together with its partners have become more proactive in its advocacy on disaster preparedness, mitigation and prevention (PMP).
A major CNDR project, the Bayanihan Program is now in full swing with the holding of management trainings on PMP with local partners in target municipalities.
Disaster and Development Symposium Series
One of the major undertakings in 1996 was the holding of the Disaster and Development Symposium Series to serve as a venue for information dissemination among corporations. The symposium series set the following goals:
Develop in corporate circles the appreciation of disasters and emergencies and its implications on business and development
Promote the Disaster PMP orientation and programs among corporations to harness capacities of the sector for more vigorous proactive partnerships with communities on disaster response
The Marikina Fault System and the Challenge to Develop Earthquake Mitigation Measures
First of the series was “The Marikina Fault System and the Challenge to Develop Earthquake Mitigation Measures” with resource speakers Dr. Raymundo Punongbayan, director of PHILVOLCS and Engr. Fidel Sarausad of the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines.
Ozone Disco Fire
Four months after the infamous Ozone Disco disaster, CNDR together with the American Chamber Foundation, Inc. (ACFPI) organized a seminar on “Fire Safety and Prevention” in June. The objective was to stress among corporations and building establishment owners the importance of strict adhereance to the building code and fire safety and prevention programs.
Symposium on Disasters and Development
The last symposium for the year was “Lessons from Previous Disasters: A Challenge to Development Workers.” The symposium gathered business and development agencies to consolidate the key points learned from the involvement in mitigating the effect of the most recent calamities.
Training of Trainers
Two major trainings were held in 1996, namely “Training of Trainers in Disaster Management” in April and the “Advanced Trainers Course on Disaster Management” in December.
The trainings aimed to train CNDR’s Bayanihan PMP partners in effectively promoting PMP concepts and practices among their areas of responsibility.
In line with the research component of the PMP program, CNDR organized a training seminar on “Participatory Research in Disaster Management” in April. Its primary objective was to develop the Bayanihan partners’ appreciation of methodologies in participatory research as an essential part of planning.
Consultations among municipalities
Still in 1996, CNDR held consultations with existing municipal, city and provincial disaster response groups in the program’s three sites: Davao del Norte, Negros Occidental and Pampanga.
The consultation was a venue to assess their individual levels of involvement in disaster management. And the results of the consultation confirmed that disaster response groups generally put emphasis on post-disaster response and were deficient in the areas of preparedness and mitigation. Therefore, it was the perfect opportunity to introduce to the concerned agencies the concept of the PMP approach.
Completion and Turnover of Temporary Shelters for Lahar Displaced Families
In Pampanga, 212 units of temporary shelters and sanitation facilities were formally turned over to the families in Pampanga who lost their houses in the lahar flow. It is worth noting that these temporary shelters were constructed by the residents themselves through the Food for Work Scheme of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Other Rehabilitation Assistance
CNDR continues to extend cash assistance and relief goods distributions to areas affected by calamities.
In December, CNDR gave aid to the Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Commission to help twenty-five families who were devastated by fire.
CNDR also extended funding to ten families in the Municipality of Bato in Virac, Catanduanes who were hit by typhoon Rosing.
In Boac, Marinduque, CNDR donated to the Social Action Commission to complement funds for the relief and evacuation operations of families affected by the Marcopper Mining waste spillage incident.
Highlights of 1997
Emergency Response Program
Typhoon Ibyang in August caused great damage in Luzon. The lahar-plagued province of Pampanga was the most affected. An estimated 625,755 persons were greatly affected.
The CNDR immediately responded by releasing cash and mobilized non-cash donations to the victims. Having established and strengthened linkages with other non-government organizations as well as government agencies, the heavy work was shared with them; hence, the operation was more efficient.
CNDR once again gave assistance to the residents of Barangay Hagonghong in Quezon as a continuing service under its Relief and Rehabilitation Program.
Extending help to Vietnam
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam issued an international call for assistance through the diplomatic corps due to a major disaster caused by typhoon Linda, which hit a dozen provinces of Vietnam.
In the spirit of unity and brotherhood with other Asian countries, the CNDR contributed to the mercy mission sent by the Philippine government through the DSWD-Bureau of Emergency Assistance by donating several boxes of relief goods.
Strengthening of the Bayanihan: PMP Program
CNDR continues to strengthen its Bayanihan: PMP Program through building relations with more program partners, focusing on research, communication network, advocacy and continuing trainings and professional development for members and staff.
The CNDR Homepage
This year, CNDR established an internet connection through a cooperative effort with the PINS-Philippines (PAN Information Networking and Services). The PINS-Phils. Official homepage is the “Taboan” and CNDR’s particular element in this page is the Babala Center (Disaster Information)
Mondragon Foundation, Inc.
CNDR invited Mondragon Foundation, Inc. in May to become a local partner in Pampanga province. MFI completed Disaster Preparedness Trainings in the towns of Sta. Rita and Porac, Pampanga.
CNDR Responds to El Niño
A workshop entitled, “El Niño Symposium: Preparing for the Worst” was held in November in Bacolod City. Participants representing local government units, NGOs, and private business sector attended it. It aimed to link the national government’s program on El Niño to the local communities.
Emergency Response Programs in 1998
When typhoon Loleng and typhoon Iliang hit the northern part of the country it affected Alaminos, Pangasinan. CNDR donated cash to be used to purchase rice fro the affected families through the parish of Dasol and Agno.
When the El Niño Southern Oscillation occurred, it was estimated that 900,000 families in Mindanao, mostly Lumads , were close to starvation due to drought. Task Force Tabang Mindanaw was organized to assist affected families. Aside from medical assistance that CNDR extended, it also mobilized over Php 2M cash to help El Niño affected families nationwide.
The successive arrival of typhoons Emang, gading and Loleng resulted in lahar flooding in several towns in Pampanga. CNDR quickly responded and mobilized cash donations to purchase rice and other relief goods.
Bayanihan: PMP extended
The Bayanihan Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Preparedness (PMP) Program was on its final year of implementation in 1998. But in April 1998, USAID approved the one-year extension of the program and provided additional funds. The completion date of the project was moved to September 1999.
PMP Advocacy Work
CNDR took an active role in the continuing review of Presidential Decree 1566:Strengthening disaster control, capability and establishing the national program on community disaster preparedness.
Through the continuous advocacy of CNDR and other NGOs on the National Relief and Service Committee, the Department of Social Welfare and Development have started focusing its programs on disaster PMP.
Emergency Response Programs in 1999
The Emergency Response Program (ERP) continues to provide relief services to affected Filipino communities. and pursue efforts at exploring more effective means of service delivery through stronger partnership with provincial and local counterparts.About 6,505 affected families in Pampanga and Alaminos due to typhoon Gading received assistance from CNDR. More donations benefitted 3,973 families who were affected by typhoon Loleng/Iliang. There were 273 families assisted in the aftermath of typhoon Norming.
Bayanihan: Disaster PMP
CNDR organized sharing sessions on disaster PMP technology at the national level in partnership with the League of Provinces and League of Municipalities of the Philippines. On a provincial level, CNDR held sharing sessions with target communities and their local disaster response networks.
Three simulation exercises were held during the year:
Oplan Bago: Ang Pangahangkat
Simulation Exercise on Communication and Emergency Response
Pagpangadam sa Katalagman
Year 2000: A Decade After
Manualization of CNDR’s Bayanihan PMP experiences
As proposed by PBSP, the manualization project went through the following process:
review and evaluation of operational processes
styling of the manual
packaging and production
As specified by CNDR, the following were produced:
Training Needs Assessment
Consultation with LGUs
Disaster Management Training
Disaster Planning Workshop
Inter-Municipal Planning Workshop
Vulnerability Reduction Program
To extend the benefits of Bayanihan PMP, CNDR secured the commitment of Oxfam-Great Britain Philippines to partially fund a community-based Vulnerability Reduction Program in Oas, Albay. From April 2000 – March 2001, CNDR launched the project in cooperation with the Bicol Small Business Institute Foundation, Inc. and the Provincial Disaster Management Office in Albay.
When Mt. Mayon unleashed its molten fury this year, many families in 32 lahar-prone barangays. The early response of CNDR brought to the Albay evacuees relief goods that the people needed immediately.
CNDR traced the success of the Mt. Mayon operations to two key strengths:
early warning and preparedness (because of preparations, the emergency was managed effectively – zero casualties, no disease outbreaks in the evacuation centers, timely and adequate relief assistance to affected families)
effective and efficient linkages (CNDR has developed a very close operational relations with LGUs, NGOs and the private commercial sector.)
Ditang and Edeng
Typhoons Ditang and Edeng caused damage that cut across six regions, from the Cordilleras and the Ilocos Region to Southern Tagalog and Western Visayas. Only 12 people were killed but more than 400,000 people were in evacuation centers. Continuous downpour worsened flooding in Central Luzon.
CNDR members were able to mobilize assorted relief goods and used clothing to the victims.
The Ditang and Edeng typhoons brought in unrelenting rain that softened the mountain of garbage known as Payatas, the Quezon City dumpsite. On July 10, the 50-foot mountain of garbage crashed onto a cluster of shanties, burying anywhere from 400-3,000 people.
Responding to the tragedy that earned the attention of the global community, CNDR members quickly extended help and mobilized donations in cash and kind.
Reming and Seniang
Towards the last quarter of the year, two more powerful typhoons hit the country. Reming had left in its wake Php1.3B worth of damage to infrastructure and properties. The catch basin towns of Pampanga sustained heavy losses from Seniang.
CNDR members immediately responded to the situation. More than ten private entities pooled their resources together to assist the affected areas.
Assistance to Respond to Reming and Seniang Typhoons (Project ARREST)
One of the areas hardest hit by Reming and Seniang was the low-lying area of Taguig, metro Manila. To assess the situation, CNDR worked with CARE-Philippines in conducting a mission visit to Taguig after the typhoon. This visit resulted to Project ARREST, which took off after CNDR and CARE Philippines agreed to:
provide relief assistance to 260 flood affected families in Barangay Sta. Ana, Taguig and
provide relief goods to these families based on the family pack per week computations made by CARE-Philippines
The success of Project ARREST in Taguig prompted a replication of the activity in Minalin, Pampanga.
Resettlement Assistance Program
The resettlement program turned over to CNDR in October 1999 was comprised of housing and other facilities in Buensuceso, Villa Arenas and Arayat in Pampanga. The project consists of 449 core houses in Buensuceso, 259 in Villa Arenas and 20 in Pandacaqui, including roads, drainage, water system and electrical facilities.
CNDR conducted Relief Basics Forum with the support of Coca-Cola Foundation and a primer on it was on its writing stage.
They were able to distribute 670 copies of Emergency Response guidelines and generated some funds from the sale.
Because of the increased participation of ABS-CBN’s Sagip Kababayan Drive, they were able to serve 23,000 families, the highest since 1998.
CNDR faced a challenge of limited cash donations; therefore, they cannot afford to buy rice and other essential relief items. Hence, goods like noodles and chocolate biscuits were delivered in partnership with CDRC as part of the latter’s relief pack.
Taking over the Resettlement Assistance Program in Pampanga proved to be a very tedious operation. While there were some payments gathered from the monthly dues and buyers of the house, monthly collection was a bit of a challenge.
There were two consultations concluded for the Earthquake Preparedness Project with PHIVOLCS and AmCham Foundation, while initial discussions were done regarding Urban Disaster Preparedness with PBSP and ADB.
CNDR developed proposals for DIPECHO, World Bank Small Grants Division, PEACe Foundation, but failed to generate a positive response.
There was also a five-year ENSO proposal that was submitted to USAID, however, the latter responded negatively citing the weaknesses in project design, specifically on the end-to-end use of climate forecasts.
CNDR joined the Philippine Disaster Management Forum, a network of DM, NGOs and POs. CNDR was also invited in regional/international conferences to share PMP Bayanihan experiences. It opened new opportunities for CNDR like designation as the Philippine affiliate of the World Economic Forum – Disaster Response Network (WEF-DRN) and participation in the EqTAP (Earthquake and Tsunami Mitigation in the Asia and the Pacific).
CNDR’s Best Practices Recognized
CNDR provided PMP documentation to the League of Provinces in the Philippines as its contribution on the 11th sharing session on best DM practices.
NDCC awarded CNDR the 2002 Gawad Kalasag for exemplary practice in disaster management. President GMA handed the award to AAL in Malacañang in August 2002
Despite the challenge of raising donations and sustaining the daily operations in the past years, nothing could stop the unwavering spirit of CNDR. It continues with its emergency response program and responded to disaster caused by typhoon Igme that brought floodings in Metro Manila and Central Luzon. In line with their emergency response, CNDR conducted a typhoon briefing with PAGASA.
In response to typhoons Unding, Violeta, Winnie and Yoyong, CNDR conducted damages, needs and capacities assessment in Dingalan, Camarines Sur, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Catanduanes. They set up an Emergency Operations Center at the Zuellig Foundation’s office and a satellite field operations center and warehouse at CARE Philippines. Together with CARE Philippines, they implemented emergency response for 10,000 families in Isabela and Camarines Sur.
Still in response to the typhoon disaster, CNDR coordinated a Food Assistance Program with the Department of Energy, 12 companies from the energy and power sector and the DSWD. They were able to mobilize a total of Php9M and were able to assist 100,000 families. Medical missions were conducted in the affected areas in coordination with Zuellig Foundation. They were able to facilitate delivery of emergency assistance to 9,100 families in affected areas in Calumpit and Hagonoy in Bulacan, Infanta, Baler and Nakar in Quezon, Dingalan in Aurora, Roxas in Oriental Mindoro and Pasacao in Camarines Sur.
Resettlement Assistance Project
CNDR resumed the collection from the Resettlement Assistance Project and it was coursed through the bank. There was a significant improvement in the relationship and partnership with the barangay councils and local partners and beneficiaries of the project. The collection of monthly amortizations gradually increased and some concerns and issues of the original beneficiaries of the projects were addressed properly.
Awareness on Disaster Management
CNDR conducted an EQ briefing and facilitated a partnership of PHINMA and PHIVOLCS. To raise the awareness and commitment of members in disaster management, CNDR issued regular email news on avian flu. They also conducted an Avian Flu Forum.
Comprehensive Program on PMP
In line with its commitment to implement a comprehensive program on prevention, mitigation and preparedness, CNDR launched the following projects
Dingalan Disaster Preparedness Project– where they conducted training for trainers, module development and coordinated with CARE Philippines in project management
Calabanga Disaster Preparedness Project – participation in conduct training and coordinated with CARE Philippines in project management
SGV – Buklod Tao San Mateo Flood Preparedness Project – provided training and education, procurement of emergency response equipment, bamboo planting as flood mitigation activity
Roxas Gorgollo Foundation Nasugbu Project
Avian Flu Awareness and Preparedness Campaign – conducted a business sector forum, tapped new partners (Smart and GSK) and partnership with DOH, DA, BAI, National Influenza task Force and Care Philippines on Government-NGO-Private Sector coordination mechanism
Emergency Response Activities
CNDR’s 2006 Emergency Response activities consisted of responses during the Mindoro floods, St. Bernard landslide, Bulusan eruption, Mayon volcano eruption, Guimaras oil spill and typhoons Milenyo and Reming. Still under its ER program, CNDR conducted training for members and interested non-members on good donorship and logistics management.
Community-based Disaster Preparedness
The following Community-based Disaster Preparedness Projects were accomplished successfully:
Community-based Disaster Reduction in Dingalan, Aurora Province
Major accomplishments were: multi-hazard risk mapping, evacuation drill and provision of ER equipment
Youth Participation in Disaster Preparedness in Calabanga, Camarines Sur
Major accomplishments were: earthquake drill in Calabanga National Highschool and the flood drill in Bgy Dominorog and the provision of ER equipment
Creating an Enabling Environment for Disaster Risk Management (CREED-DRM) in St. Bernard, Southern Leyte
Rain gauge installed, several trainings conducted including Disaster Management Orientation, Logistics and Warehousing, Evacuation Management and Disaster Preparedness at the municipal and barangay level
A 15-month project that will start on the 3rd week of November
Private Sector Disaster Preparedness
An Earthquake Forum was held in partnership with the Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines and the American Chamber Foundation.
BCP Summit was held and was attended by 163 participants from 53 companies
film viewing: Fatal Contact at Ayala My Cinema
It was an opportunity to present possible pandemic scenarios that the business sector and the government has not considered yet
It served as a venue for public-private-sector dialogue
It was a realization of the private sector’s strengthened commitment to a comprehensive business continuity planning
CNDR successfully directed the implementation of the Typhoon Frank Emergency Response Operations. Members were immediately mobilized and they responded in a more coordinated manner. Partnerships were facilitated during the operations.
Two emergency response activities were implemented this year in aid to the affected families of the floods in Camarines Sur in February and of typhoon Frank in Panay Islands in June.
The committee successfully conducted a forum on Typhoon Preparedness with the resource persons from PAGASA, Manila Water and Meralco.
The 1st workshop on Strategic Planning was conducted in April.
Disaster Digest was regularly published from January to September of this year and the website was updated.
Resettlement Assistance Program
2008 was relatively a good year in terms of the implementation of the Resettlement Assistance Program. The program generated a total amount of Php2,283,616.84 as of October and generated a monthly average of Php111,192.84 for the house and lot amortizations.
The focus of this component is enhancing public-private partnerships. This was done mainly through networking activities. CNDR linked with the recently formed Disaster Risk Reduction Network in the Philippines (DRRNet Philippines) and participated in the DRM Bill Consultation at the Senate and the focus group discussion on the Strategic National Action Plan conducted by the National Disaster Coordinating Council. CNDR also contributed its Dingalan experience in the UNISDR publication.
The ACCORD project was completed early this year. CNDR participated in several monitoring and training activities.
For the ACCORD-2 proposal making, CNDR contributed in conducting community risk assessment in St. Bernard, project conceptualization, budgeting and actual proposal writing.
CNDR and the Agri-Aqua Development Coalition in Mindanao have successfully completed the first quarter implementation of the ACCORD-2 Project, which was Strengthening Assets and Capacities of Communities and Local Governments for Resilience to Disaster, Year 2.
Funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and CARE Nederland and building on the gains of the first Accord, ACCORD-2 operations now cover Calabanga in Camarines Sur, St. Bernard in Southern Leyte, Dingalan in Aurora, Jabonga in Agusan del Sur and in Maragusan in Compostela Valley.
Training on Knowledge Management was held in January for the CNDR staff and CNDR members with an aim to increase the awareness of the members on disaster risk reduction.
In March of this year, 135 participants attended the Forum on Preparing for the Big One and La Niña. Speakers were Usec Graciano Yumul of DOST, Director Solidum of PHIVOLCS, Susan Espinueva and Daisy Ortega of PAGASA and Sevillo David, Jr. of MGB.
Another forum on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation was held in August and was attended by 46 participants from 25 companies. The speakers in the forum are from Philippine Business for the Environment, Manila Observatory and Asian Center.
A Round Table Discussion on Promoting Safe Schools Campaign was held in November. Speakers include representatives from Plan International, PHIVOLCS and Albay Province Public Safety and Emergency Management Office.
Company Specific Training on Emergency Preparedness was held for Smart Communications in March; and Emergency Preparedness Planning for AmCham Foundation in June. A workshop on Business Continuity and Emergency Response for PHINMA Group of Companies was held in August.
With CNDR’s 12 new members, there were a total of 44 CNDR members by the end of 2011.
True to its form, CNDR responded immediately and efficiently when typhoons Pedring and Quiel and tropical storm Sendong hit the country. CNDR conducted a more systematic approach in responding to the affected areas:
CNDR conducted a Damage Needs and Capacities Assessment in the affected areas.
coordination with local partners
they conducted relief operations following the SPHERE Standards (beneficiaries are from least served and most needed barangays)
assisted members in their relief delivery operations
Building Community Resilience
CNDR continues to evolve as an organization. What started as an alliance that aims to respond to natural and human-made disasters, CNDR is venturing into projects that are innovative and forward:
CNDR Noah’s Ark Project (CNAP)
CNAP is a cutting-edge, fast and tested program on capacity building, institutionalization and empowerment in disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) by local government units and communities. The goal of the project is to empower local communities and local government units in the quickest time possible to reduce their hazard specific risks down to zero casualty and empower them to secure the strategic safety and well-being of families in affected communities.
CNAP was implemented in Barangay Guitnang Bayan 1 in San Mateo Rizal; in Barangay Tumana in Marikina City and Bayanan, Muntinlupa City.
Disaster Preparedness Training for Dumaguete CDRMMC
Partners for Resilience Project
It’s a 5-year program on Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Ecosystems Management and Restoration funded by the Dutch government, in partnership with CARE NL and ACCORD Inc. The CNDR site is in Bgy. Catmon, Malabon City.
Other projects that were funded by the European Union were:
ASCEND Project (Advancing Safer Communities and Environments against Disaster)
The project aims to increase resiliency and reduce vulnerability of communities, schools and local government units in high-risk areas.
In partnership with CARE Nederland and Agri-Aqua Development Coalition, CNDR implemented this in Calabanga, Camarines Sur and St. Bernard, Southern Leyte.
Food Facility Project (FFP)
The project aims to increase agricultural production thereby improving immediate and longer-term access to safe food for poor families from 60 disaster-prone villages in five municipalities in the Philippines.
With CARE Nederland as the main proponent, CNDR implemented this project in the municipalities of Dingalan in Aurora, Calabanga in Camarines Sur and St. Bernard in Southern Leyte.
Emergency Response Operation
During typhoon Pablo, CNDR distributed food and home return kits to 400 families in Magsaysay and Langgawisan in Compostela Valley and they distributed educational kits to 500 students in Boston, Davao Oriental.
Business Continuity Management
With the growth in membership base and strength in affiliations this year, CNDR aims to build capacities of members to come up with and implement their Business Continuity Plans.
CNDR provides smart solutions to businesses, which include practical, cost-effective and tailor-fit trainings, workshops and confidential consulting for business continuity requirements.
BCM Certification Courses were conducted this year. Its aim:
to establish a venue for collaboration with BCM practitioners to improve present disaster recovery strategies
to share BCM learning across industries so that businesses can develop efficient and effective business continuity and disaster recovery programs no based on facts alone but also on experience
to provide a means for expanding one’s network among fellow BCM practitioners in the country
to share resources related to BCM and DR
An MTE or Meet-the-Experts happened this year. MTE is an interactive peer-to-peer and Subject Matter Expert dialogue. It is a platform to address both business and technical areas surrounding the Business Continuity management (BCM), Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) and Crisis Management (CM) issues from a localized perspective.
Noah’s Ark Project
The sites for the Noah’s Ark Project are:
Bgy. Malanday, Marikina
Guitnang bayan I, San Mateo, Rizal
Bgy. Tumana, Marikina City
Bgy. Bayanan, Muntinlupa City
Bgy. Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro City
Bgy. Tubod, Iligan City
Bgy. Banago, Bacolod City
Bgy. Nangka, Marikina City
Bgy. Candauay, Dumaguete City