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 (CDRN) 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), the 2009 tphoon Ondoy (Ketsana), the 2011 typhoon Sendong (Washi), the 2012 Pablo (Bopha), the 2013 typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the 2013 Bohol Earthquake, 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 is also part of these networks and alliances — the Disaster Risk Reduction Network Philippines (DRRNet Phils), Consortium for People’s Development – Disaster Response (CPD-DR), Climate Change Network for Community-Based Initiatives (CCNCI), Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD), and A-PAD Philippines.
CDRC envisions a just, humane, prosperous and ecologically sustainable society where the people possess the utmost capacity to build disaster resilient communities.
CDRC believes that this could be attained when the people are free to chart the course their society takes; there is equitable sharing of the nation’s wealth and have access to essential social services, people are provided full economic opportunities and in turn, contribute their best for the country’s development; people are free to exercise their rights, meaningfully participate in decision-making and actively take part in a truly democratic country; the people are proud of a rich Filipino culture that mirrors the people’s history and cultural heritage, promotes nationalism and scientific thinking; and the people are responsible in sustaining a healthy environment and abundant natural resources.
CDRC aims to build capacities of the most vulnerable sectors comprising the poor majority to comprehensively prepare for and respond to potential disaster situations while addressing the root causes of their vulnerabilities through community-based disaster management, people-managed programs and services, and working with social movements that address poverty, social inequalities, and extractive, environmentally-destructive practices, policies and systems.
CDRC regards the most vulnerable sectors as those whose socio-economic conditions make them highly vulnerable to hazards and disasters and yet comprise the majority of society, such as the workers, peasants, indigenous peoples, and other low income groups. CDRC gives special attention to those who have added vulnerabilities such as children, women, the frail, the elderly and people living with disabilities.
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:
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:
Rehabilitation is designed to rebuild people’s livelihood and strengthen their coping strategies after disasters. It consists of projects like:
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:
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:
WE ACCEPT DONATIONS!
CDRC accepts donations from organizations and individuals who are interested to support the organization’s projects and activities. Send in your donations via PayPal to: firstname.lastname@example.org