Philippines: Resilience and Nutrition Security
Ongoing natural and manmade disasters in the Philippines have a disproportionate impact on the poor. They lose already meager possessions and do not have access to insurance or credit to get back onto their feet after a disaster. This is particularly pronounced for the urban poor who have to contend with a society that marginalizes them practices, which systematically exclude them from being able to access the necessary services and support from government. In the Philippines, PIN works actively with local civil society organizations to support the poor’s access to services such as Disaster Risk Reduction.
Enhancing employability of internally displaced young people through apprenticeship
Although people began to return after the fighting died down, Marawi remained half-empty. A project in was launched in two peri-urban areas near Marawi (Tuca and Bangon) to continue humanitarian support to students after the crisis. By increasing students´ and young people´s capacities and improving their employability, the project aims contribute towards preventing recruitment by extremist groups.
The project’s main activities include awarding conditional grants based on the development of business plans. The students participate in a 2-2.5 month cycle of vocational education (e.g. baking, cooking, construction, etc.), business skills, and coaching before the grant is awarded. They have flexibility in planning their own business activities.
Interventions for Urban Poor in Metro Manila
The Philippines is well known for its Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) planning from the national to municipal level. However, smaller municipalities often do not have the necessary expertise to have adequate DRR plans in place. This problem is exacerbated at a community level, such as in relocation sites. Many of these sites are built on cheap land that is prone to natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. As a result, many internally displaced people (IDPs) return to suburban slums.
Since 2017, the project has involved meetings with local government, workshops focusing on community based disaster management, and community vulnerability assessments. The goal is to establish an early warning system, and a counter disaster preparedness plan.