AusAID-PACAP Shortlisted UNYPAD’s Proposal on Disaster Management

04.01.13 logo photoApril 2, 2013: There is reason for the United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) to celebrate.

In a phone call conversation, UNYPAD-Development Management Center Executive Director was informed of the organization’s Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction Management Program inclusion in the shortlist for consideration by the Australian Aid International Agency (AusAID).

DMC ED Eng. Anwar Saluwang broke the good news to his colleague during an emergency meeting of the UNYPAD executive officers called for this purpose. The proposal on Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction Management Program was submitted to the Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP) only this year.

‘I am overjoyed upon receiving a call from PACAP that our proposal is included in the shortlist…thanks to Allah and thank you also to our partners for their support’ said Eng. Saluwang during the meeting.

UNYPAD Deputy Secretary General Datuan Magon is similarly exuberant upon learning of the development. ‘We have actually seen and experienced the devastation brought about by the flood in nine barangays in Kabacan’.

Mr. Magon resides in a place adjacent to Kabacan. Whenever heavy rains pour, the people including his family trembles at the thought of the danger that the rains carry along with it. In fact recently, his family was forced to evacuate together with their ‘kababayan’ when floodwaters submerged their houses.

Every time floods come, temporary shelters built of light materials are common sight along the elevated portion of the Cotabato-Davao highway. The nine barangays in Kabacan that are most vulnerable to flood are: Kayaga, Pedtad, Buluan, Nanga-an, Magatos, Tamped, Kuyapon, Simone and Simbuhay.

The UNYPAD National Vice President Mr. Tu Alfonso also said of the possible approval of the proposal by the AusAID-PACAP “” If this project will push through, it will help mitigate a lot the adverse effect of climate change that will eventually reduce the risks of loss of lives, damage to properties and agricultural crops, and not to mention the lessening of possible trauma developed among the victims”.

The proposal submitted to the AusAID-PACAP aims to: a. to reduce and manage the adverse effects of natural disaster, b. provide the affected families with the knowledge and knowhow in managing disaster, c. increase awareness on disaster risk reduction management, d. organized community self-help groups, e. promote tree planting along the river banks for green environment and to prevent erosion and siltation of the riverbeds and, f. develop an adaptive and disaster-resilient community.

The program will be undertaken by the UNYPAD together with the Local Initiatives for Peace and Development (LIPAD) in Mindanao and the Cotabato Center for Peace and Development Initiatives (CCPDI).

The visit to these barangays by the AusAID-PACAP will be made on April 7-9, 2013. The visit will be in accordance with the travel plan prepared by the UNYPAD-DMC.

(News retrieved from: www.luwaran.com)