A community’s grief and anxiety through children’s eyes

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This story was written by Luchie Maranan of Dap-ayan ti Kultura iti Kordilyera (DKK). The original post can be viewed on Nordis.Net.   BAGUIO CITY — The usual road to Loacan from Ucab, Itogon is now missing in maps and photos, defaced from the wrath of the September 15 heavy downpour that saturated the soil and followed the law of gravity. The new route is via Sabkil, offering us distant views of Ucab and Loacan whose mountains bear scars from the recent onslaught, and unseen reminders of a century of mining. After a 45-minute ride through Ambuklao Road, past landslides that were…

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Can communities innovate in disaster situations?

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This is a reflection piece on Typhoon Mangkhut written by Paul Arada, MEAL Specialist of TUKLAS Innovation Labs. I remember the day I was assigned as staff №5 in an international humanitarian organization’s Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) rehabilitation response in Eastern Visayas back in 2013. It was July- nine months after the landfall. The community facilitators led me to desks covered with papers. When stacked together, the pile might as well be as tall as a toddler. A few weeks later, our Monitoring and Evaluation Unit introduced Poimapper, an Android-based data collection tool. It is similar to other…

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TUKLAS aids response to strongest storm in PH this year

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Typhoon Mangkhut (local name: Ompong) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday, September 14, afternoon, with winds of 230 kilometers per hour (142 mph). According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), this is the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year.1   Extensive damage More than 1.4 million people were affected by Typhoon Mangkhut in Luzon, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. “The winds were stronger than Typhoon Lawin and it lasted longer. Lawin came in around the same time but winds were gone by morning. This one howled for…

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The Museum of Disaster Preparedness

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In Guiuan, Eastern Samar, the town where Typhoon Haiyan first made landfall in the Philippines, young people, teachers and community members gather to share their stories of survival, resilience and disaster preparedness. The typhoon, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, slammed into the Philippines in November 2013, causing widespread devastation and leaving a lasting impact on those affected. Their stories will form part of MuseoBayanihan — a collaborative digital resource for students and communities to access stories from survivors and educational materials made by teachers. Experts and scientists did not experience Typhoon Haiyan, we did,” says Natalie, 18….

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TUKLAS announces top disaster preparedness innovations

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  The Philippines TUKLAS Innovation Labs has selected its final 40 disaster preparedness innovations, after receiving more than 260 proposals from all 17 regions of the Philippines. Each selected innovation team will be provided with up to 1 million pesos in seed capital, training, and mentorship to test their disaster preparedness innovations from March to November 2018. TUKLAS, which is short for Tungo sa Kahandaan ng Pilipinas, is a community-centered innovation project that aims to support local solutions on disaster risk reduction and management. The final 40 innovations are as follows: Quik Data – a disaster response mobile app that…

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Women with disability, girls can be innovators!

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“There are only a few women and persons with disabilities in innovation, so being a part of TUKLAS Innovation Labs is a big opportunity,” says Lolita Gelle, a woman innovator with disability. “Women are greatly affected by disasters. This makes women innovators important since they represent the ideas and needs of women.” Less than 30% of people in science, technology, and innovation are women (OECD, 2017). The Philippines TUKLAS Innovation Labs strive to provide opportunities for women from all walks of life to become innovators. Today, women with disabilities, indigenous women, women farmers, and girl students are just some of…

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TUKLAS Call for Ideas 2017: Encouraging Every Filipino to innovate

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The TUKLAS Innovation Labs ran an extensive Call for Ideas from September 25 to November 30, 2017. We conducted information sessions, media work, writing workshops, coaching sessions, consultations, promotion among non-government organization (NGO) networks and various organizations, and provision of other forms of support for potential applicants. Materials were also translated to three major Filipino languages (Bisaya, Iloko, Tagalog) to maximize its reach. Print and online materials were also readily available.   As a result, we received 266 final proposal submissions from 88 provinces and highly urbanized cities – covering all 17 regions of the Philippines.     Looking back…

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