The Netherlands Red Cross-Philippines Newsletter

SPfR Inception Workshop: IRM via Lobby & Advocacy

March 14-17, 2016 - The Strategic Partners for Resilience - Partners for Resilience 2 recently concluded its Inception Workshop at the PRC Tower here in Mandaluyong. The workshop aimed to bridge the gap on Integrated Risk Management (Disaster Risk Reduction- Climate Change Adaptation - Ecosystem Management Restoration) on the country's disaster laws and policies via lobby and advocacy.

The output of the 4-day workshop identified the trajectories/issues to be addressed, as well as the steps needed to be undertaken to tackle the said issues. This also will involve further refinement of both the issues and steps to make the end goals as achievable as possible.

The workshop was participated by the PfR Alliance Members: The Netherlands Red Cross, CARE, ACCORD, CordAid, Wetlands International, Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, and Philippine Red Cross.

Raimond Duijsens, Netherlands Red Cross-HQ Global Project Coordinator was the main facilitator of the workshop.


Anita Atillano and Dangelda Gabiaso represented Brgy. Balangkas of Valenzuela City in the recently concluded Urban Disaster Risk Reduction Review and Workshop. The two-day workshop organised by the Australian Red Cross was held last March 1-2, 2016, at the Philippine Red Cross Tower in Mandaluyong.

Atillano and Gabiaso, both active RC 143 volunteers, have managed to help in DRR activities by actively participating in identifying several risks in the community (such as floods which is common in Valenzuela) and facilitated activities to help mitigate these risks. Such activities included de-clogging of drainage caused by water hyacinths where in turn, these plants were made into an alternate source of livelihood by transforming them into bags, wine baskets, wallets, etc. Regular community clean-up drives also helped address the dengue situation in their area. Both ladies have also actively took part in Disaster Preparedness Activities like Basic Fire Safety and Basic Swimming Drills.

While being met with some challenges such as being away from the family, lack of technical knowledge on some things , limited budget that impedes their movement, these women have forged on, thanks to the support of the community, LGUs, and the many like-minded women in their midst.

Tacloban Coastal Management Project: Sharing Knowledge and Best Practices

The 1st phase of Tacloban Coastal Management Project is now well under way, highlighted by Transfer of Knowledge Workshops held in Tacloban and Quezon City, respectively.

Held last Feb.4-5, 2016 in Tacloban, the Integrating Ecosystem-Based Principles in Local Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction Plans workshop was well attended by participants from various sector of Local Government of Tacloban and Palo, including NGOs and INGOs working in the area, as well as representatives from the academe.

The workshop focused on the conservation of the coastal ecosystem via ecologically sound measures, along with a field visit to the affected areas along the coast of Tacloban and Palo.

A one-day national level workshop also took place last Feb.9, 2016 at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City wherein best practices and exchange of knowledge in embedding ecological practices in coastal DRR management and protection schemes. The event was attended by representatives from INGOs, Philippine National Government Agencies, the Netherlands embassy, along with The Netherlands Red Cross Country representative and assigned project coordinator from the Philippine Red Cross.

The Tacloban Coastal Management Project is a consortium of NGOs and Dutch private sector companies led by Royal Haskoning DHV, Wetlands International, and PRA.

National Museum of the Philippines - Free Admission for Women Visitors this March

Tuesday, March 1st, 10am to Thursday, March 31st, 5pm

National Museum of the Philippines, Manila, NCR, Philippines

Manila, NCR

As March is the National Women's Month, admission is FREE for all female visitors to the National Museum in Manila.

Visitors can view the women-centric Larawan and Sabel series by BenCab at the National Museum of Fine Arts (old Legislative Building in Manila).

Female visitors can also enjoy FREE admission for the National Museum branches located in Kiangan, Kabayan, Vigan, Angono-Binangonan Petrogylph Site, Tabaco and Butuan

birthday greetings!!! birthday greetings!!!

March 22 - Maple

April 10 - Sherwin

April 11 - Ms. Gen

April 24 - Ivy

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AGOS | Antipas Delovato

Friday, March 11th, 4pm to Friday, April 8th, 6pm

UP Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City

UP Vargas Museum, in cooperation with Tin-aw Art Gallery, opens Antipas Delotavo’s exhibition titled Agos on March 11, Friday, 4pm at the 1F Galleries of the Museum.

Agos explores the bloody battle of the Basi Revolt, focusing on the fierce skirmish between the Ilocano and the Spanish forces at the Bantaoay River. The exhibition, consisting of paintings, installation and a mural, becomes a critical reflection on the event as well as Delotavo’s interpretation of how different generations have lived through history.

March Blood Drive at St. Jude

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), in cooperation with the National Shrine of St.Jude Thaddeus, will be conducting a month-long blood drive this month of March.

The PRC's Mobile Blood Bank will be parked at St. Jude's parking lot from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

The National Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus is located at Dr. Jose P. Laurel Sr. Street, San Miguel, Manila (right next door to the the Malacañang Palace).

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As it is every year, March is Fire Prevention Month to remind us to take precautions to prevent fires in homes, schools, offices, and in the community.

Ever wonder why March is Fire Prevention Month?

It all started with Proclamation No. 115-A* signed by then president Ferdinand Marcos back in 1966. This proclamation aims to promote "safety consciousness among our people every day of the year as a positive preventive approach to a problem that can be solved by more caution, vigilance, sobriety, exercise of common sense and respect for the law." With that, each month of the year was assigned a particular aspect of safety and accident prevention.

Now that you know, stay safe not only this March but in every day of the year! :)

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Bayanihan Alive and Well in Leyte

Bayanihan - the spirit of communal unity- is alive and well among the Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT) beneficiaries and members of Kandingan, Manokan, Ligwanan (Goat, Chicken, Bees) KAMALIG as they worked hand in hand in the construction of the goat shed in Puting Bato, Isabel, Leyte.

Aside from the construction of the goat shed, the beneficiaries were also visited by the Leyte Provincial Livelihood Officer, Ms. Jessielou Morigo. She also visited the SALT farm in Cambalong, Merida, Leyte. Ms. Morigo not only visited the farms, but gave her suggestions on how to improve on things, such as focusing on organizational strengthening and recruiting new members to meet Dept. of Labor and Employment (DOLE) requirements for registration.

Paint the town red: Million Volunteer run 3

Despite the rains, people trooped to the several run sites of the Million Volunteer Run- MVR (its second tranche) last February 6, 2016. This included the staff, friends, and family of the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) who joined the MVR at the main run site at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

PRC Chairman Richard Gordon thanked and congratulated all those who joined and supported the fun run.

The funds generated by the MVR will be used to purchase life saving vehicles and equipment. The MVR 3's first run was held last December 13, 2015 in 39 run sites across the country.

**photo courtesy of Butch Sison

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