The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder. The ASP has been in the forefront of providing services and training to families living with autism.

03 September 2012

ASP joins Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Orientation



Natural disasters like typhoons, floods, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, are usual occurrences in lives of many Filipinos . In 2011, the Philippines was one of the countries hardly hit by both natural and man-made disaster. Natural calamities, not only costs millions of pesos; buts also claims the lives of many, including persons with disabilities (PWDs) and the marginalized members of our society.

The National Anti Poverty Commission (NAPC) sponsored an orientation on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation last August 28 and 29, 2012 at Cuidad Christhia in San Mateo, Rizal. More than 200 leaders representing the 14th basic sectors under NAPC joined the event.  The PWD sector was represented by ASP Executive Director, Ranil Sorongon, Sectoral Representative Emer Rojas, Abner Manlapaz, Ogie and Jean Gonzales and Tahanan Walang Hagdanan.

The one and a half day seminar covered Risk Reduction and Management,  Climate Change, Hydro-Meteorological Hazards, Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards), Community-Based DRRM, among others.  The topics might be somewhat technical at first glance; but with the excellent presentations, simple explanations and humor,  the speakers were able to keep participants engaged.

On the second day, the participants were divided into groups to come up with a simple plan of action for their respective sectors. The PWD group agreed to come up with a resolution to make DRRM and Climate Change Adaptation as a supplementary agenda of the sector in the coming meeting this October. It will also include an orientation on the topic and a simple planning on what will the PWD Council will under take in relation to DRRM and Climate Change Adaptation. The resolution and will be sponsored by Mr. Abner Manlapaz, Ranil Sorongon, Jean Gonzalez and Joy Garcia with the support of PWD Sectoral Representative Emer Rojas.

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