Portraits of Resilience: Champions of Resilience

In many of CARE and ACCORD’s partner communities, both urban and rural, there are individuals who stand out because they go above and beyond what is asked of them. These are our champions of resilience: people who are driven by their compassion for others, and the recognition that

resilience-building is everyone’s responsibility.

But what inspires them to take the lead in the service of their communities?

“It is my joy to see that people don’t get hurt during calamities, that nobody gets left behind,” says Mariedel Barbin, 52 years old, of Barangay Potrero, Malabon. Barbin is a housewife who was appointed barangay executive officer because of her active participation in disaster risk reduction-related seminars, meetings, and other activities. As the executive officer, she is part of the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committee.

Eulalio Orlandez, a community development worker from Barangay La Flora in Talacogon, Agusan del Sur, conducts trainings to bolster his community’s capacity to overcome hazards. He says, “I simply want to help. This is what fuels me.” Talacogon experiences periodical flooding and is underwater four months out of the year, usually from November to March.