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In line with the Foundation’s disaster response advocacy and in the spirit of bayanihan, the Foundation donated 100K for the relief operations in areas affected by Typhoon Odette through Aboitiz Foundation. The effects of climate change such as severe and extreme weather events has led to loss of lives and properties, especially among the most vulnerable sectors of our communities. EZF has taken a multi-stakeholder approach to co-create solutions to improve the way they prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from any and all potential disasters.

The Consultation Workshop with the Local Government on Disaster Risk Management was pushed through with the participation of the DRRM Calatagan Officer, Ronald Torres, and ten other barangay captains and municipal employees. Three people from facilitated the consultation workshop. Mr. Ronald Torres presented the plan of the LGU Calatagan Disaster Risk and Management to be able to understand and identify gaps and strategies that needed to be established to make the plan more responsive in times of calamities.

One of the local projects highlighted during the discussion was Project SIGAW. This project involves the installation of an alarm system in Barangay Balibago to alert the residents in case there is a storm surge or tsunami. Local residents were trained to familiarize the sound of the siren so that the people could immediately evacuate. Wally Panganiban of took note of this project as an outstanding local initiative and hopefully can be replicated in coastal barangays of Calatagan.

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