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Early Warning System for vulnerable communities

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Barangay Gulod in Quezon City is a community with more than 56,000 residents*. In 2009, when typoon Ondoy struck the Nation Capital Region, it was one of the areas inundated by flood waters, causing loss of lives and properties**.

Fast forward to 2012. Almost 3 years after typhoon Ondoy, residents of Barangay Gulod last May 22, 2012 attended an Early Warning System (EWS) seminar aimed at developing a community-powered warning system to alert members of the community during disasters. The EWS is the second training attended by members of the local Community-based Disaster Preparedness Committee (CDPC) to assist in developing a Counter Disaster Plan.

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The EWS training will equip the members of the community to develop their own warning system that can be easily maintained. The system will also be created in consultation with other members of the barangay so as to make it clear and easy to understand.

The activity is part of the project “Capacity Building for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response in Selected Workers and Urban Poor Communities in Quezon City” (CDPER). The CDPER is a project of IOHSAD in cooperation with Mayor Herbert Bautista of Quezon City and supported by the Priority Development Assistance Fund of Gabriela Womens Party Representative Luzviminda Ilagan.

*National Statistical Coordination Board, May 1, 2012
**Official figures places the number of casualties from typhoon Ondoy at 464, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Ketsana#Philippines