MANILA, Philippines — Last year, while people in Mindanao were still recovering from the onslaught of Typhoon Pablo in 2012, a low pressure area brought heavy rains that resulted to flash floods and landslides in the region.
Thousands of families had to stay in evacuation centers. In Davao Oriental alone, five people were declared dead. Other towns were not also able to achieve zero casualty.
A week ago, four towns in Maguindanao experienced flash floods because of heavy rains which inundated the province. The Office of Civil Defense – ARMM said that at least 500 families were affected. (READ: Heavy rains cause flash floods in 4 Maguindanao towns)
In times of disasters brought about by climate change, how can the residents of Mindanao use social media to achieve zero casualty?
This is what Project Agos aims to answer through a capacity-building workshop on July 9 and 10 in Davao City at Hotel Tropika. The workshop will not be only for the Davao region but also for some of its neighboring areas like ARMM, CARAGA and Central Mindanao.
The participants will learn how to use social media tools like Facebook and Twitter before, during and after a disaster. They will be taught how to use the Project Agos alert map as well.
Making #zerocasualty a reality
Launched in September 2013, Project Agos is an information and communications platform that combines top-down government action with bottom-up citizen involvement to help communities learn about climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
Workshops were alreadybconducted in some parts of the country, including Cagayan de Oro City, Naga City, Iloilo, Cebu, Leyte, Pampanga and Metro Manila. The training workshops are part of the collaboration between Rappler’s citizen engagement arm – Move.PH and the Australian Embassy.
Project Agos’ partners include national government agencies, international and local non-governmental organizations, local government units, and private groups.
For more information please email Lou Gepuela: firstname.lastname@example.org. – with reports from Dana Jean Tapang/ Rappler.com
Dana Jean Tapang is a Rappler intern.
Project Agos is a partnership between Rappler and key government, private and civil society groups. It is also supported by the Australian Government.