Melody Nicolas, Disaster Risk Reduction HEKS-Task Force Mapalad Component Manager, disclosed that after they have provided shelter assistance to their identified program beneficiaries in Capiz, they are also giving emphasis on other program components such as livelihood and capacity building.
She added that in Capiz, they were able to provide full shelter to 1,580 families and 151 families were given shelter materials worth P10,000.
Said beneficiaries are from the four towns here, namely Pilar, Dao, Panay and Pontevedra.
“We wanted that our target beneficiaries will not only have houses but will be able to stand anew by giving them livelihood assistance such as in agriculture and fishery, depending on their identified needs and projects,” she said.
Nicolas also said that they also wanted their program beneficiaries to become disaster resilient by providing them knowledge and capability on disaster preparedness and responding during emergencies.
“This is the reason why we are partnering with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office through its Speaker’s Bureau and Capiz Emergency Response Team for community-based DRRM training,” she stressed.
The said 3-day training for barangay officials, barangay tanod and barangay health workers from Rosario, Binaobawan and Dayhagan in Pilar town is the first DRRM training facilitated by said NGO.
According to her, they will also be conducting the same for their other beneficiary barangays.
During the opening day for the training, February 10, HEKS Delegate Stephan Titze, who is also the Panay project head, lauded the participation and willingness of the participants to undergo said training which will be of great help to prepare for disasters such as typhoon, flood, earthquake and the like. (JCM/JBG/PIA6)