Tarabang para sa Bicol, Inc. (TABI)
TABI remains as the only institution in the Bicol Region addressing natural and human-made disasters through community-based disaster management and health programs. For more than twenty years now, TABI has implemented programs and services directed at disaster risk reduction, emergency response, rehabilitation and community development.
The community-level Disaster Response Committees (DRCs) and Community Health Workers committees (CHWs) are the indispensable partners of TABI in its endeavors. TABI’ s network of DRCs in more than 100 communities covering half of the municipalities in the region is the broadest grassroots initiative for disaster management in the Bicol Region.
The DRCs, composed of 10-15 members, are trained on Hazards, Vulnerabilities and Capacities Assessment and on Damages, Needs, and Capacities Assessment (DNCA) in their respective areas. In more than two decades of community-based disaster management practice, TABI and its DRC partners have contributed numerous village-level hazard maps and counter-disaster plans. In most cases, these are adopted by the Barangay (village) Councils as part of their official disaster management plan.
TABI pioneered in grassroots disaster risk reduction education and training in the region. It has developed its own Community-Based Disaster Management Training Module that includes courses on Disaster Management Orientation, Disaster Preparedness Training, Emergency Response, and Disaster Information System.
Through these years, TABI has built partnerships with various international funding organizations and has managed official development assistance (ODA) funds. Some examples of these partnerships are: relief and rehab programs for survivors of Mayon eruptions in 2001 and 2006, with Oxfam-UK and UNICEF, respectively; relief and rehab for typhoon survivors, with Caritas Neerlandica and Caritas Sweden; community-based health program (1986-2002), with Oxfam-Australia; rehab program for children in situations of armed conflict (1992-1996), with UNICEF; and a flood preparedness program, with Caritas Switzerland.
TABI is a registered non-profit, non-stock social welfare agency. It is an affiliate of Citizens’ Disaster Response Network (CDRN) and a member of the Council for Health and Development (CHD).
We, in TABI, envision a just, humane, and prosperous society:
- Where the people equitably share in the nation’s wealth, have access to basic services, and are self-reliant;
- Where the people are free to chart the course their society takes, meaningfully participate in decision-making, and enjoy a
- credible government;
- Whose people pride themselves in their cultural heritage and positive values;
- Which enjoys the blessings of a healthy environment and abundant natural resources; and
- Where people possess the utmost capacity to cope with hazards both natural and human-made.
To assist in increasing the capability of the marginalized sectors in the Bicol Region to cope with the effects of natural calamities such as typhoons, landslides, floods, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes as well as address the issues of poverty, armed conflict, environmental degradation and appalling health condition.
We do this through a community-based development-oriented disaster management and community-based health program.
- To conduct immediate delivery of relief and rehabilitation assistance to survivors of calamities, both natural and manmade;
- To assist the marginalized sectors in the region to develop and improve their socioeconomic well-being;
- To initiate and support the vulnerable sectors/groups’ activities for disaster preparedness; and
- To mobilize and unite the greatest number of people to extend material, technical, financial and moral support to survivors of disasters and to coordinate with other groups with similar objectives and orientation.
- ONENESS with the survivors, their problems and concerns and those of the communities to which they belong;
- SELF-RELIANCE; i.e. to help survivors so they can eventually help themselves and the community around them, letting them realize their own potentials as persons and communities;
- GENUINE SERVICE, to serve without thought of self-interest or recognition but the well-being of the survivors and the society to which they belong;
- COMMITMENT to the cause of the poor, deprived and oppressed Bicolanos in general
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
1. Relief Operation and Rehabilitation Program (RORP)
- Provides emergency relief assistance to the most affected but least served disaster survivors
- Supports rehabilitation initiatives of the survivors in the form of projects such as housing and livelihood program in selected communities
- Conducts special services to children in situations of armed conflict (CSAC) such as psycho-social rehabilitation activities, supplementary feeding, etc.
2. Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness Program (DMPP)
- Assists in the setting-up of community-based health care program in the rural areas
- Undertakes food security and nutrition improvement programs in the most depressed areas
- Supports organizing of community health workers or CHWs and the formation of disasters response committees or DRCs as partners in community development work
- Launches capability building activities for People’s Organizations (PO) and the communities
3. Research, Education and Documentation Program (REDP)
- Conducts education and training on disaster management, emergency response, preparedness, and community health
- Organizes documentation, public information and advocacy work to promote greater awareness and participation on disaster concerns among the community
- Engages in research regarding disaster risk information; documents disaster occurrences and coping strategies of communities
- Publishes an up-to-date regional profile of disaster risks and the coping capacities of communities in Bicol
4. Network Building and Social Marketing (NBSM)
- Establishes linkages and coordination with GOs and other NGOs for mutual cooperation towards the enhancement of services to the people
- Conducts school and community visits to impart disaster risk reduction information and gather support for disaster survivors
- Facilitates the community integration of local and international partners and friends
- Initiates organizing and mobilization of volunteers to assist in the delivery of services to the people
Office Address: Rev. David P. Asuto Bicol Disaster Management Center, 49 First Park Subdivision, Brgy. Sagpon, Daraga, Albay 4501 Philippines
Telefax. (+6352) 483 24 53