The Central and Southern Luzon (CSL) Lab focuses on community-centric innovations addressing gaps in disaster preparedness in Regions III, IV-A, IV-B, V, and NCR. Led by CARE Philippines, CSL Lab supports nine innovations devoted to lessening the vulnerabilities of partner communities in areas in the region that are prone to flooding, typhoons, storm surges, and earthquakes, among others.
These projects include mobile applications, alternative learning and awareness tools, and agricultural innovations. Through the nine teams, TUKLAS worked with vulnerable sectors in the Philippines such as women and children, indigenous peoples groups, persons with disability, community-based organizations, the elderly, and the youth.
In its goal to support innovators, communities, and community innovators, the lab adopted a culture of creativity, efficiency, and flexibility. It endeavored to integrate the experimental nature of innovation with existing organizational structures and communities’ indigenous knowledge. Throughout the project cycle, CSL Lab applied design thinking principles and innovation-related practices such as rapid prototyping and strategic pivoting, while continuously grounding its theory in the community context – this repeated process yielded a constantly-evolving methodology that nurtures potential for future growth.
Some activities birthed from this methodology include the capacity development series, which embraced a non-rigid design and implementation format. Skills-building sessions related to human-centered design, project management, technical know-how, and community organizing were usually tailor-fit to innovator-specific needs. As collaboration is key in innovation, these trainings also encouraged a cooperative process that acknowledged innovators’ and communities’ strengths, capitalized on their insight and capacity, and sought opportunities for working together.
As TUKLAS comes to its conclusion with the regional and national fairs, the Central and Southern Luzon Lab continues to find spaces to tell the incredible stories of its innovators and communities. This catalogue and the stories in this website offer an overview of the vulnerabilities we lessened, the gaps we addressed, and the impact we made.