Pinadpadas nga nagit-ited ti DRR training iti community ngem saan nga natalmedan ti kasasaad ti ubbing, mas napabaknang daytoy base iti experience ti CCDRR nga ada pokus na ti ubbing, (DRR training is being conducted in the community but there is no inclusion of the children situations, these are further improved thru the experiences of CCDRR) said Moises during the Training of trainers on Child-centered Disaster Risk Reduction on Oct. 22-24, 2018 at Mountain Lodge, Leonardo Wood Rd, Baguio City. Attended by 39 individuals coming from the different civil society organization representatives from four provinces of Cordillera, Baguio City and CorDisRDS staffs.

Child-centered Disaster Risk Reduction is a new program of CorDisRDS that started on 2016 and will be ending January 2019. The training conducted is part of the two years’ work plan of the program on increasing the knowledge and skills of local CSO’s in the Cordillera on child-centered DRR and to come up with a resolution or plan on adopting CC-DRR in different DRR trainings of CorDis and Partners as part of sustaining the program.

Ms. Jill Cariño, CorDisRDS Board of Trustees opened the training with a stimulating message. Children’s concerns, should be mainstreamed in DRR programs because of their special needs, challenges, as well as their potentials. Particularly for Indigenous peoples, we have historically been marginalized by the state in terms of provision of basic social services and support” shared Ms Cariño.

Based on the regular Cordis Situationer, data for children and youths is not included. In this training workshop, issues and concerns of the Cordilleran children were realized and will be integrated on the CorDis modules. Furthermore, creation of the general situation of children per provinces was given as an assignment to the participants with consideration of the five sectors (WASH, Health, Nutrition, Education and Child protection in emergencies).

Aside from the methodologies used by the CCDRR team in conducting Child-centered CBDRM, DPT and CRA to the children, the participants have come up with different method in a form of music, jingle composition, artworks and so on that they think children will appreciate more. The output was collated and compiled for further improvement.

Participants appreciated the importance of the training considering that CCDRR is a new concept. Adoption of the CCDRR concepts to the different DRR training modules of the CorDis is being deliberated.


-By Ms. Gemma Canyas