According to the World Risk Index 2018, the Philippines is among the most vulnerable countries to the impact of natural disasters and climate change worldwide. Each year, around 30 typhoons affect the country, leaving the multiple sectors – women, children, persons with disabilities, and the elderly, among others – to suffer the consequences.
CARE Philippines, together with its local partners, is implementing “Philippines: Increasing the Resilience to Natural Hazards” (INCREASE). The project aims to increase the resilience to natural, climate, and environmental hazards of 45,000 women and men small-scale farmers and fishers across four provinces in the country, with special focus on 720 extremely poor female-headed households.
INCREASE will be working with 36 barangays across eight municipalities in the provinces of Mt. Province, Cagayan, Northern Samar, and Surigao del Sur. These barangays are among the hardest-hit communities in the country, one of the firsts to be impacted by strong rain and typhoons along the east coast of the Philippines.
From 2019 to 2021, the project will strengthen the disaster preparedness and risk reduction capacities of these barangays and municipalities through enhancing local early warning systems, building on alternative livelihoods, and strengthening climate and disaster governance within the provinces.
The project will build on CARE, Agri-Aqua Development Coalition Mindanao (AADC Mindanao), Assistance and Cooperation for Community Resilience and Development, Inc (ACCORD), Cordillera Disaster Response and Development Services (CorDis RDS), and Leyte Center for Development (LCDE)’s extensive experiences in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation work with high-risk communities together with local government units (LGUs), civil society organizations (CSOs), and national government agencies (NGAs).
CARE´s “Philippines: Increasing the resilience to natural hazards” project is supported by the SKala initiative. SKala is driven by the German entrepreneur Susanne Klatten in partnership with the think tank and non-profit consultancy PHINEO. The SKala Initiative will support about 100 high impact social purpose organisations (SPOs) in the fields of health, education, gender, inclusion, and resilience.