The Philippine Program
The Philippines faces significant challenges as one of the most climate-disaster-affected countries globally, with frequent occurrences of cyclones, floods, landslides, and droughts. The impact of disasters, exemplified by events like Super Typhoon Rai, has severe consequences, leading to the destruction of homes, health risks, economic hardship, and increased poverty. The country's vulnerability is exacerbated by geographical complexities, making emergency relief efforts costly and challenging, especially in areas with vulnerable populations.
The project aims to address these challenges by focusing on regions identified by the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources as high-risk for combined climate disasters. Leveraging existing partnerships with the Department of Trade and Industries/Department of Science and Technology, the initiative aims to enhance local capacities for disaster response, emphasizing collaboration between the government, private sector, and humanitarian agencies.
Recognizing the importance of localized efforts, the program seeks to empower communities through practical localization, emphasizing local procurement and manufacturing to reduce costs, emissions, and enhance community resilience. Despite the Philippines' significant technical skills pool and industrial base, there is an underutilization of these resources in climate adaptation and disaster response due to a lack of sectoral information and connections.
The initiative aims to bridge this gap by strengthening local capacities, promoting collaboration, and investing in skills and technical capacities. Additionally, it addresses the fragmented nature of the local private sector and technical education institutions, aiming to connect them more effectively with the humanitarian sector's demands.
Typhoon Rai/Odette Response
Typhoon Rai Response
When an enormous storm has knocked out power and your phone is out of juice, how do you reestablish communication? How do you power your lights to see at night?
Those were some of the problems faced by thousands on remote Philippine islands after Super Typhoon Rai/Odette made landfall in December. Unlike mainland residents, they couldn't just wait for the power to be turned back on - there is no central power source. But Field Ready had a quick solution: locally made portable solar charging kits.