Disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction in the Philippines
Duration: 2015 to 2019
Local partner: Philippine Coordinating Centre for Inclusive Development (PCCID)
NZ Partners: MCDEM; Office for Disability Issues; Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington City Council Civil Defence Units
The Philippines ranks 3rd in the world for natural disasters averaging over 20 typhoons per year. In 2013, 1.83 million Filipinos with disabilities were affected by natural hazards - 80% of them living below the poverty line. Of the 12 million people living in heavily populated Manila, people with disabilities are largely invisible in disaster response activities.
This project will ensure that people with disabilities living in Manila are: Prepared for disaster and included in activities that reduce their risk in a natural disaster.
Typhoons, earthquakes and wide-scale floods are affecting the Philippines with increased regularity and severity.
People with disabilities make up 15% of the population and are amongst the most vulnerable to loss of life and income in disaster situations. They are usually the most affected and neglected during emergency situations.
Currently, no evacuation procedures are specifically provided for people with disabilities. With inappropriate communication tools, visually impaired, deaf and people with mobility barriers are often not warned about emergencies or are left behind during evacuations.
Many emergency organisations require knowledge about the rights of people with disabilities and the skills to support the specific needs of this group of people.
HOW WE ARE HELPING
During this project, people with disabilities will:
- Be trained in how to prepare themselves for disaster
- Be represented in community disaster committees and help develop plans to cater to the unique needs of people with disabilities during disaster
- Diversify their livelihoods to improve their ability to “bounce-back” after disaster strikes.
YOU CAN ENSURE THAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARE NOT FORGOTTEN WHEN DISASTER HAPPEN