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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Reflections from the TUKLAS Call for Ideas: Encouraging every Filipino to innovate

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  The Philippines TUKLAS Innovation Labs ran an extensive call for ideas from September 25 to November 30, 2017. We conducted information sessions, media engagements, 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. As a result, we received 266 proposal submissions from all 17 regions of the Philippines. Looking back at our experience, there were realizations that emerged along the way that compelled us to adjust our plans and there are reflections for what we could have done better. We realized the need to…

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List of Shortlisted Proposals for TUKLAS Innovation Labs

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We are happy to announce the list of shortlisted proposals! 72 were shortlisted from a total of 266 proposals submitted to TUKLAS Innovation Labs last November 2017. Shortlisted proposals feature innovative ideas that can help communities become better prepared for disasters. This includes products or systems that use indigenous practices, mobile applications, and renewable energy for disaster risk reduction and management. Proponents come from all 17 regions of the Philippines, and represent the youth, women, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, farmers, academe, and civil society organizations. Shortlisted proposals will undergo the next round of writeshops and expert review from December…

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Nationwide Search for Ideas on Disaster Preparedness

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A nationwide search for ideas on disaster preparedness has been launched to ignite ideas that could help alleviate the economic, environmental, and human costs of natural and human-created disasters in the Philippines. TUKLAS Innovation Labs, a community-centered innovation project, welcomes Filipinos from all walks of life to submit ideas to better prepare communities for disasters, including ideas to address the impacts of disease outbreaks and armed conflict.

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