The Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) recognized and rewarded its partners and stakeholders for their contributions to the success of its five-year community resilience initiative called Project Konek.
Project Konek, or Komunidad in Negosyo Tungo sa Katatagan, was launched in 2017 by PDRF in partnership with USAID’s Office of Humanitarian Assistance. The project aimed to build the disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) capacities of communities and local government units (LGUs) in Makati and Quezon cities through its three main components:
- barangay capacity building
- development of the community’s public service continuity plan (PSCP)
- strengthen public-private partnerships between stakeholders
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The PDRF recently held a closing ceremony to celebrate the milestones and achievements of the Konek project and to recognize the contribution of partners and stakeholders to the success of the project. These include the Civil Defense Bureau, the Disaster Preparedness Center, the Philippine Geographical Society, DRRM offices in Quezon City and Makati City, and partner barangays. These partners supported the PDRF in the implementation of Konek project activities such as capacity building of barangays through workshops on evacuation camp management, participatory 3D mapping, contingency planning and the creation of risk maps.
“By bringing together the three components of the Konek Project, we have created a mosaic of programs to best prepare barangays, cities and the Ministry of Energy for future challenges,” said Butch Meily, President of PDRF.
Through Project Konek’s PSCP mentorship program, Makati was able to develop its own PSC plan and became the first city in Metro Manila to complete and test its plan.
“The City of Makati is grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of the Konek project. With the PSCP as a guide, the city government will be able to resume operations more quickly and continue to provide essential services to residents and other stakeholders in the event of an emergency,” said the mayor of the city of Makati, Abigail Binay.
Quezon City has also followed suit and begun to develop its PSC plan and is continuously working with PDRF and its partners to improve and test its effectiveness.
“Let us always remember that our greatest weapon in this battle is the hand of one that reaches out and the hand of the other that meets it. We can call it the convergence of intention and action. Or we can simply call it a human connection: KoNek. Through our collective efforts, we can say that our goal of a truly resilient society is within reach,” said Joy Belmonte, Mayor of Quezon City.