Metro Mindanao Aid Consortium launched

A CONSORTIUM of civil service organizations will launch today the Metro Mindanao Aid Consortium project, which will seek to capacitate CSOs on their disaster preparedness and response.

Members of the consortium who will spearhead trainings and other activities regarding disaster preparedness and response for CSOs include Interface Development Interventions, Mindanao Land Foundation, Inc. (MinLand), Managing Alternatives Group Incorporated, the Ateneo Public Interest and Legal Advocacy, and the Davao Medical School Foundation.

Damaso Vertido, executive director of Minland, will lead the introduction of the project brief titled “Strengthening Capacities of CSOs and Communities in Disaster Preparedness and Response,” and the consortium members will also enter into memorandum of understanding to fulfill the pledges of each organization in the project.

Mary Anne Fuertes, IDIS director, said the focus on training CSOs was in response to not depending too heavily on government aid, especially those far-flung communities.

“We cannot just leave it to the government, we have to help each other,” she said in a text message.

Fuertes said it was important to know how to respond efficiently during times of disaster, especially as it was becoming a “new norm.”

“Given the realities of climate change… Calamities are happening too often now, so this is our response. We have to prepare ourselves in responding to disasters because we [CSOs] operate also on the ground,” she said.

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