Rainy season has started and disasters can happen. Accidents, communication failures and road blockages may prevent people from accessing emergency services. With this, people will have to rely on each other for help.
One of the activities under the preparedness component of disaster risk reduction and management is capacitating and organizing the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).
Funded by the World Food Programme (WFP), in partnership with the Kibungan Local Government Unit and Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, the CERT training was conducted last April 1 to 19, 2013 simultaneously covering 7 barangays of Kibungan Benguet. This was facilitated by 12 accredited trainers from the Philippine Red Cross-Benguet Chapter and 5 trainers from the Bureau of Fire Protection-Kapangan. A total of 45 active volunteers ages 20-45 participated in the said training. It was a combination of interactive lectures and return demonstration.
Through the training, communities learned how to manage preparedness equipment, lessen injuries, understand the responsibility of volunteers in preparing for disasters and, improve their ability to safely help themselves, their family and their neighbors.
Aside from Kibungan, the World Food Programme assists the municipalities of Kapangan, Tublay and Atok in improving their capacity for disaster preparedness and response.