PHILSSA Participates in a Workshop on Innovation for Earthquake Resilience and Response

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PHILSSA together with its members, Foundation for the Development of the Urban Poor (FDUP) and Technical Assistance Organization (TAO-Pilipinas) participated in the first workshop of the Convening Initiative on “Innovation for Earthquake Resilience and Response” last November 27-29, 2018 at Brentwood Hotel in Quezon City.

Organized by ELHRA’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) in partnership with Asia Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) and Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP), the convening initiative is a two-part workshop that aims to bring together civil society, academe, government and private sector to explore unresolved problems in earthquake resilience and response in the Greater Metro Manila Area.

Eight teams with innovative ideas on earthquake resilience and response participated in this convening initiative.  The team represented by Rhea Aguilar of PHILSSA, Teresa Prondosa of FDUP and Geraldine Matabang of TAO-Pilipinas was among these teams.

The first workshop aimed to help the teams understand and define the problem that their proposed innovation idea will address. Facilitators from ELHRA, ADRRN, and CDP gave inputs on starting point assessment, refining a problem statement, identifying root causes of the problem and building partnerships. Resource speakers from PHIVOLCS and the Office of Civil Defense also talked about local earthquake generators and earthquake preparedness plans for the “Big One”. Each team then worked on their “challenge brief”, an initial output that describes the identified problem and the proposed innovative response. Part of the workshop also was an exposure trip in Baseco, Manila to observe an actual earthquake drill. The teams gave feedbacks on the barangay’s earthquake preparedness activities and how to improve them.

The second part of the workshop will be held in February 2019. Research activities will be conducted by each team before the workshop.