Resilience and Nutrition Security

Philippines: Resilience and Nutrition Security

Ongoing natural and manmade disasters in the Philippines have a disproportionate impact on the poor. They lose their already meager possessions and do not have access to insurance or loans to get back onto their feet after a disaster. PIN works actively with local civil society organizations to support resilience and the ability of the poor to cope with disasters and their consequences, particularly in urban areas.

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Enhancing employability of internally displaced young people through apprenticeship

Enhancing employability of internally displaced young people through apprenticeship

Armed conflict broke out in the city of Marawi, in Lanado del Sur Province on the Philippine island of Mindanao, on May 23rd, 2017. The conflict sparked a crisis that resulted in displacement of nearly 400, 000 who had to flee to neighbouring towns and provinces.
Although people began to return after the fighting died down, Marawi remained half-empty. A project in was launched in two peri-urban areas near Marawi (Tuca and Bangon) to continue humanitarian support to students after the crisis. By increasing students´ and young people´s capacities and improving their employability, the project aims contribute towards preventing recruitment by extremist groups.
The project’s main activities include awarding conditional grants based on the development of business plans. The students participate in a 2-2.5 month cycle of vocational education (e.g. baking, cooking, construction, etc.), business skills, and coaching before the grant is awarded. They have flexibility in planning their own business activities.
Interventions for Urban Poor in Metro Manila

Interventions for Urban Poor in Metro Manila

The Philippines has a large number of urban slum dwellers. For various economic, planning, safety and development reasons, the Government moves people from slums to relocation sites. In many cases the relocation sites are located far outside the city, and the sustainability of these sites is a concern.
The Philippines is well known for its Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) planning from the national to municipal level. However, smaller municipalities often do not have the necessary expertise to have adequate DRR plans in place. This problem is exacerbated at a community level, such as in relocation sites. Many of these sites are built on cheap land that is prone to natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. As a result, many internally displaced people (IDPs) return to suburban slums.
Since 2017, the project has involved meetings with local government, workshops focusing on community based disaster management, and community vulnerability assessments. The goal is to establish an early warning system, and a counter disaster preparedness plan.

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