By LS MACATANGAY
The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) local chapter here, in cooperation with the Agencia Española Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID), Spanish Red Cross, and Australian Red Cross, has recently launched a new project in the province of Camarines Sur to reduce the vulnerabilities of communities to health risks and natural disasters.
The project, dubbed as Convenio 10-C01-033 is a community-based health development and disaster risk reduction project, will soon be implemented in selected villages in the province to reinforce the capacity of the communities and local structures to improve their basic health management. Aside from the project’s health component, it also aspires to strengthen the community’s capacity in disaster preparedness.
Target areas for project implementation are the municipalities of Siruma, Lagonoy, and Garchitorena. The towns of Buhi and Iriga were also added but the direct beneficiaries would be the Indigenous People (IP) in its respective selected barangays.
IPs in the two aforementioned municipalities are considered the most vulnerable and tagged as marginalized communities as they live along the slopes of Mount Asog and its many tributaries.
Nanette Rodrigazo, PRC Camarines Sur chapter administrator, said that the province is indeed lucky for having been chosen as the recipient of several projects funded by AECID, particularly the Spanish Red Cross.
“The Spanish Red Cross in particular, and of course AECID and now the Australian Red Cross have been our constant ally in alleviating and uplifting the condition of our constituents here in Camarines Sur, particularly those communities which we consider vulnerable and prone to natural disasters. We are indeed thankful that they never grow tired in supporting our chapter’s endeavors,” Rodrigazo said.
The project will have the following components: capacity building for the staff, volunteers and local special bodies, organization, training and mobilization of volunteers on Health, disaster, water and sanitation, provision of equipment and supplies to health and disaster volunteers, repair and rehabilitation of health and water facilities including the provision of basic medical equipment to BEMONC (Basic Emergency Maternal, Obstetric and Neonatal Care) including establishment of Botika ng Barangay.
Information-education-communication campaigns, drills and collaboration meetings with key stakeholders and other project partners and the development of mechanisms for project monitoring, evaluation, and reporting will also be undertaken.
The project is a partnership between the provincial government, the LGUs of the municipalities aforementioned, the Philippine Red Cross-Camarines Sur chapter, Spanish Red Cross, and Australian Red Cross.