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Residents affected by Typhoon Ondoy tapped to develop warning system versus disasters

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When Typhoon Ondoy struck the National Capital Region last 2009, Barangay Capri in Quezon City was one of the many communities greatly affected by the flooding. Their houses were submerged in water after the Tullahan river overflowed and water crept throughout the community.

This time around, workers and residents from Barangay Capri will try to take the bull by the horn, as they train themselves to develop their own early warning system. Under the project “Capacity Building for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response in Selected Workers and Urban Poor Communities in Quezon City” (CDPER), the Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development (www.IOHSAD.org) conducted a skill-share session last May 12, 2012 with the residents to assist them in developing an Early Warning System (EWS) versus flooding.

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According to IOHSAD, the ideas for the EWS must come from the residents themselves, must be cheap and easy to maintain to make it sustainable and simple enough for anyone to understand and appropriately react in case of disasters.

The CDPER project is in cooperation with Mayor Herbert Bautista of Quezon City and supported by the Priority Development Assistance Fund of Gabriela Womens Party Representative Luzviminda Ilagan.