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Monday, 13 November 2017 10:45

Philippine Red Cross, IFRC eye youth involvement in disaster risk reduction

 

Aiming to build the youth’s involvement in disaster risk reduction, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), hosted the Regional Training of Trainers on Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) . 

PRC welcomed 31 humanitarian workers from thePhilippines, Bangladesh, Fiji, Indonesia, Nepal, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong (China), Vietnam, and Geneva at its headquarters in Mandaluyong City last November 6 to 10.

The training activity aimed to hone the organizations’ ability to engage the youth in programs that seek to augment capacity to reduce shelter-related risk.  

“What’s exciting about this PASSA program is that it is about the young people. It is about energy, passion, and focus. It is not just about the future, but it is also about now. Because youth is not just future, youth is now,” IFRC Head of Country Office Chris Staines said. 

During the week-long event, delegates were trained to sharpen awareness on shelter safety issues, identify and analyze hazards, vulnerabilities and strategies related to shelterand implement programs based on their locality’s capacity. 

Participants were immersed in a community in Brgy. Tatalon in Quezon City to conduct interviews with residents who have experienced shelter-related concerns. 

PASSA is IFRC’s response to the need to turn communities into safe shelters that can host better living conditions. 

IFRC, in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity, conceptualized the PASSA Youth to immerse youngpeople, aged 13 to 17, in humanitarian causes by raising awareness on housing-related risks. 

The PRC is one with IFRC in involving the youth in participatory approach towards community safety. 

This is evident in the streamlined projects of the Red Cross Youth, PRC’s service program for young individuals, wherein volunteers aged 7 to 25 participate in programs that deal with humanitarian values and leadership, first aid, health promotion, and disaster risk reduction. 

“The Philippine Red Cross gives importance on the capacity and capabilities of young people on how to manage and how to cope and how to give back to communities in terms of safe shelter awareness,” PRC Youth Committee Chairman Engr. Novey Robert Doldesaid. 

For more information about the PRC’s disaster risk management and youth programs, visit PRC’s website at www.redcross.org.ph.