Parish empowers informal settlers on disaster management

Parish empowers informal settlers on disaster management

Fr. Roland Tuazon, parish priest of Santuario de San Vicente de Paul in Tandang Sora, Quezon City

QUEZON City – A parish in Quezon City is helping equip informal settlers with technical knowledge and skills in the prevention and mitigation of potential risks to life when disasters strike.

Three groups of informal settlers under the Santuario de San Vicente de Paul in Tandang Sora have been trained to execute a disaster management and response plan based on an assessment of the community, explained Fr. Rolando Tuazon, parish priest.

“Sustainability depends on people’s capacity,” he noted. “You have to enable them to be able to address their problems.”

Disaster-prone

“We have some areas that are vulnerable to flood,” he said, noting how informal settlements in the parish are prone to disasters. “We also have areas that are vulnerable to fire.”

The informal settlers, Tuazon added, usually seek refuge in houses that could be blown away by strong winds during typhoons.

According to the priest, they were also taught how to detect local problems in the community and how to make their own plan to resolve such issues. They were also taught how to make project proposals and concept papers based on their needs.

6,000 vulnerable families

The disaster response training started in the first quarter of this year and will continue equipping informal settler families in the parish with technical knowledge and skills for countering and mitigating disaster risks.

The informal settlers are being educated and empowered on disaster management and response in collaboration with government agencies and non-government organizations like Tao Pilipinas, a women’s group that assists the poor in developing their communities.

About 6,000 families live in 21 informal settlements across the parish, Tuazon said. CBCPNews