Building Community Resilience and Strengthening Local Government Capacities for Recovery and Disaster Risk Management

What is the project about?

group planningTechnical personnel of the local government of Pasig City in the Philippines learn to interpret data from a hazard map. Pasig City was one of the areas most badly affected by Tropical Storm Ketsana in September 2009. (Photo: UNDP Philippines)

The Resilience Project aims to contribute to national efforts to build community resilience and reduce vulnerability to natural hazards by enhancing capacities of local government units (LGUs) and other stakeholders towards good governance in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM). It has three main complementary components—policy development, capacity enhancement and improved coordination—that contribute to enhancing the resilience of communities against the effects of calamities and disasters.

The Project seeks to strengthen community resilience to the effects of natural hazards and disaster risks in the cities of Marikina and Pasig and the municipality of Cainta, which were among the areas most badly hit by Tropical Storm Ondoy in 2009.

The Project’s expected outputs are:

  1. Increased capacity of target LGUs to integrate DRRM issues/concerns in policies and programmes;
  2. Enhanced awareness, competencies and skills of communities, local governments and other stakeholders on recovery and gender-responsive DRRM; and
  3. Multisectoral partnerships and collaboration for recovery and gender-responsive DRRM are established and strengthened.

What have we accomplished so far?

The project created the enabling environment and provided opportunities where local government units (LGUs), communities and partner national government agencies (NGA) can work and learn together in planning and implementing DRRM initiatives.

Enhancement of local policies to comply with the requirements of DRRM legal frameworks, and development of national policy guidelines to facilitate the localization of the mandates of Republic Act (R.A.) 10121 (Philippine DRRM Law of 2010) were undertaken. Project initiatives helped LGUs set up, institutionalize, and strengthen their local DRRM offices (LDRRMO).

Among the salient accomplishments of the Resilience Project in its three target LGUs (i.e. Pasig, Marikina, Cainta) are the following:

  1. Development of national policy level guidelines on the institutionalization of the LDRRMO and utilization of the local DRRM funds (LDRRMF);
  2. Enhancement of the Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs) through the integration of DRRM;
  3. Training on the use of the Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) software and the creation of the local exposure database;
  4. Formulation of the Local DRRM Plan (LDRRMP), and the Contingency Plan (CP) for flood and earthquake;
  5. Acquisition of mapping equipment, such as computers, video capture tools, and Global Positioning System (GPS) devices;
  6. Conduct of gender-responsive DRRM trainings for 3 pilot barangays media groups and business sector;
  7. Provision of disaster response equipment;
  8. Installation of flood early warning system (EWS) in the Pasig-Marikina-Tullahan river basin;
  9. Conduct of DRMM learning visits to facilitate learning and interaction between the project’s target LGUs and other LGUs;
  10. Conduct of disaster consciousness fairs in three pilot schools; and
  11. Establishment of the Metro Manila-Rizal Network, a DRRM coordination mechanism composed of the various LGUs in the Marikina-Pasig-Tullahan river basin and relevant government agencies.


Donor name Amount contributed
Government of Canada/CIDA USD 983,284.17
UNDP USD 30,448.19





2011 USD 154,234.45
2012 USD 547,683.07
2013 USD 311,814.84

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