5 Metro-Manila cities build re­silience to fu­ture dis­as­ters

Manila Times - - Public Square -

WANT­ING to con­tin­u­ously im­prove

cities in Metro Manila have en­gaged in a cross-learn­ing visit, which in­cluded a one-day ex­hibit fea­tur­ing de­signs of tem­po­rary shel­ters.

Com­mu­ni­ties, lo­cal gov­ern­ment units, and civil-so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions of Ca­manava—the col­lec­tive name for the cities of Que­zon, Caloocan, Mal­abon, Navotas, and Valen­zuela—also dis­cussed and learned from each other the var­i­ous risk mech­a­nisms in deal­ing with dis­as­ters, both nat­u­ral and man-made, in ur­ban and subur­ban set­tings.

The cross-learn­ing visit was one of the ac­tiv­i­ties by MOVE UP, or Mov­ing Ur­ban Poor Com­mu­ni­ties To­ward Re­silience, which is funded by the Euro­pean Civil Pro­tec­tion and Hu­man Aid Op­er­a­tions.

The ex­hibit on the de­signs Al­ter­na­tive Tem­po­rary Shel­ter, mean­while, fo­cused on the haz­ard, du­ra­tion of dis­place­ment, lo­ca­tion, and needs of the com­mu­nity. Th­ese op­tions are a range of phys­i­cal and man­age­ment so­lu­tions that im­me­di­ately ad­dresses the shel­ter needs of af­fected pop­u­la­tion.

For densely pop­u­lated ur­ban ar­eas, the lack of safe and digni-

a chal­lenge that lo­cal gov­ern­ments deal with reg­u­larly. Evac­uees are usu­ally cramped in evac­u­a­tion ar­eas in­clud­ing schools, churches, bas­ket­ball courts, and other pub­lic struc­tures lack­ing in ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties for pri­vacy, wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion, hy­giene, and pro­tec­tion. due to mon­soon rains af­fected al­most 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple in Metro Manila and neigh­bor­ing re­gions, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cil (NDRRMC). Cities such as Marik­ina and Makati were able to pro­vide mod­u­lar shel­ter, lauded as a great im­prove­ment on usual evac­u­a­tion pro­ce­dures. Last May, par­ti­tions were also set up to pro­vide pri­vacy for evac­uees af­fected

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