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Resilient Livelihoods: Thriving After the Storm (Portraits of Resilience)

June 10, 2020

In 2013, Haiyan barreled across the Philippines and left destruction and massive loss on its path. Millions of people were affected, particularly poor communities, farmers, older persons, and persons with disabilities — those most vulnerable to extreme events such as Haiyan -- and many have yet to fully recover and strengthen resilience. Barangay Bayabas in the municipality of Dagami, Leyte, was almost flattened by strong winds. Apart from houses and structures, their livelihoods were wiped out as well. But through humanitarian actions after Haiyan, followed by development projects, Barangay Bayabas was able to bounce back. Collective action played a big role: members of the community came together to form the Bayabas Farmers Association, which today has 64 members and four different types of farms: communal, group, individual, and an organic learning farm. Members say their products are becoming popular. Through these collaborative efforts, Barangay Bayabas is a community on its way to achieving a protected, diversified, and strengthened livelihood.  

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Portraits of Resilience: No One Left Behind

June 9, 2020

Disability inclusion is key in building truly inclusive and resilient communities. It requires addressing barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from engaging in community life, recognizing that these members can be active partners for meaningful change, and fostering an environment that empowers them to do just that. In Dagami, Leyte, several locals with disabilities participated in ACCORD’s resilient livelihood program and ended up playing important roles in their communities. Roger Ubaldo, 45 years old, a stroke survivor, had no other sources of livelihood after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed coconut trees. The different trainings on farming techniques and business management; however, helped him find alternative sources of income and he was eventually chosen to become their group’s sales distributor. Adelaida Madalena Garsilaso, 50 years old, visually impaired since childhood, did not let her disability stop her from contributing to her community and is now a beloved teacher at Barangay Camono-an’s daycare center. With their tenacity and strength of spirit, they broke barriers for themselves and helped their villages become more sensitive to the needs of persons with disabilities and their role in resilience building.

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Portraits of Resilience: Building Back Better and Safer

June 5, 2020     Safe and adequate shelter is an important factor an affected community needs to recover from a disaster. In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan wiped out homes across Barangay Macaalang in the municipality of Dagami, Leyte. Many of these houses were far from sturdy and did not stand a chance against Haiyan. But through the collective action of community members, and CARE and ACCORD's program equipping the community with the necessary knowledge and skills to build back better and safer, Barangay Macaalang was able to rebuild in no time. "ACCORD advised us to group together to make the rebuilding easier. If we do it individually, it will take a long time," says Helena Olimpo, barangay councilor. The community received shelter assistance and materials. Apart from learning about how to build back safer, they also participated in other capacity building activities such as understanding hazards and disaster risk reduction, inclusion, and community drills based on their revised contingency plan. The “Post-Haiyan Self-Recovery Housing Program” in Leyte, Iloilo, and Aklan was one of the winners of the 2017 World Habitat Awards.

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August 6, 2020

In the Philippines, a disaster can strike almost anytime. With a higher risk brought by pandemic, go bags or survival kits come in handy. While the usual inclusions of a go-bag should be prepared, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) materials and gender-inclusive items should also be considered to make sure no one gets left behind when a disaster hits your community. Check out these social media cards produced during this year's National Disaster Resilience Month which had the theme "Sama-samang Pagsulong Tungo sa Katatagan sa Gitna ng Bagong Normal":
Increasing the Resilience to Natural Hazards (INCREASE) aims to increase the resilience of 45,000 women and men small-scale farmers and fishers, including 720 extremely poor female-headed households, to natural hazards and the effects of climate change. It is implemented by CARE with support from the Skala Initiative and Phineo, in partnership with ACCORD IncorporatedCordillera Disaster Response and Development ServicesLeyte Center for Development, Inc. , and Agri-Aqua Development Coalition (AADC).

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Fact Check on COVID-19 Information

June 3, 2020

  There are several assumptions about COVID-19 - how it can be spread, how it can be it be killed, among others. Apart from keeping our social distance and maintaining our health, we must also be fully informed about what COVID-19 is in order to assure that we can act and react best based on accurate facts about the virus. Below is a set of social media cars covering myths about COVID-19.  
  The information featured in these designs was sourced from the World Health Organization.

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