THE CITIZENS’ DISASTER RESPONSE CENTER (CDRC) is a non-government organization that pioneered and continues to promote community-based disaster management in the Philippines. CDRC operates nationwide through a network of regional centers affiliated with the Citizens’ Disaster Response Network and through people’s organizations.
Organized in 1984, CDRC focuses its assistance to the most affected, least served and most vulnerable sectors of the population through preparedness and mitigation, emergency relief, and rehabilitation programs.
CDRC responds to minor disasters and major emergencies, among these are the 1984 and 2001 Mt. Mayon eruption, the 1990 Luzon earthquake, the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo disaster, the 1995 super typhoon Rosing (Angela), the 2000 Payatas garbage avalanche, the 2006 Guinsaugon landslide, the 2006 typhoon Reming (Durian), the 2008 typhoon Frank (Fengshen) and the long-running armed conflict in Mindanao.
Through the years, since 1984, CDRC has touched the lives of over 3 million Filipinos through its programs. A network of overseas and local supporters enable CDRC to carry out its programs and help communities increase their disaster management capacities.
CDRC is registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-profit, non-stock social development agency. It is licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to implement relief, rehabilitation, preparedness and mitigation programs.
CDRC envisions a just, humane and prosperous society where the people are free to chart the course their society takes by harnessing the country’s resources; where people equitably share the nation’s wealth and have access to essential social services, are provided full economic opportunities and in turn, contribute their best for the country’s development; where people are free to exercise their rights, meaningfully participate in decision-making and actively take part in a truly democratic country; whose people are proud of a rich Filipino culture that mirrors the people’s history and cultural heritage, promotes nationalism and scientific thinking; where people are responsible in sustaining a healthy environment and abundant natural resources; and where people possess the utmost capacity to build disaster-resilient communities through a community-based disaster management.
CDRC assists the vulnerable sectors to comprehensively respond to disaster situations and addresses the root causes of their vulnerabilities. CDRC offers itself to the most needy, deprived, and poorest segments of Philippine society whose socio-economic conditions make them highly vulnerable to hazards and disasters, giving special attention to children, women, the frail elderly, and the differently-abled sectors.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation
Disaster preparedness and mitigation measures are implemented to enhance the capacity of vulnerable communities to withstand the damaging effects of disasters. Disaster preparedness and mitigation is done through:
- Ladderized education and training program
- Special community-based projects like Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation for Typhoon-prone Philippine Regions and Flood Preparedness Program
- Formation of Disaster Preparedness Committees
Emergency response activities are carried out to arrest further deterioration of life, property, and remove affected families from life threatening situation. Emergency response activities consist of:
- Conducting Damages, Needs and Capacities Assessments (DNCA)
- Conducting rapid assessment
- Relief delivery operation
- Resource generation
Rehabilitation is designed to rebuild people’s livelihood and strengthen their coping strategies after disasters. It consists of projects like:
- Food production
- Improving agricultural productivity
- Rehabilitation of irrigation systems
- Water system installation
- House repair
Partnership and Development
Partnership and development means establishing and building relationships with local and international donors and partners. CDRC also organized the Friends of CDRC or FCDRC, a pool of volunteers committed to supporting CDRC’s programs and services. Partnership development results to:
- Mobilization of volunteers supporting disaster-affected population and at-risk communities.
- Generation of financial and material resources for the different aspects of community-based disaster management.
- Formation of Quick Reaction and Disaster Volunteer Teams
Research, Advocacy and Public Information
Research, advocacy and public information aim to build public awareness on disaster-related issues, press for appropriate government policy and urge prompt action. It involves:
- Social mobilization and networking
- Lobby and advocacy work
- Research, documentation, disaster monitoring and databanking
- Awareness raising projects