Church’s social action staff train on emergency responses

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SAN MATEO, Rizal, May 21, 2014 – In the light of climate change and the huge socio-economic costs of natural disasters, the Church’s social action centers undergo training on much-needed emergency response strategies in a week-long module facilitated by the Catholic Relief Service (CRS) in partnership with the National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA) from May 21 to 28.

Brian McDonald, Head of Programs, Catholic Relief Service Philippines familiarizes the social action coordinators with several new concepts through his talk on ‘Introduction to Analysis Tools: Ranking Matrices & Conceptual Frameworks’ during the weeklong 'Module Development cum Trainer's Training on Project Design & Emergency Response Strategies Based on SPHERE Minimum Standard's Best Practices' held in San Mateo, Rizal on May 21 to 28, 2014. (SocialActionNews)

Held in San Mateo, Rizal, the training with the theme ‘Module Development cum Trainer’s Training on Project Design & Emergency Response Strategies Based on SPHERE Minimum Standard’s Best Practices’ aims to identify the social action centers’ response capability in an emergency situation based on food security and livelihood; water sanitation and hygiene promotion; shelter and non-food items; and evacuation center management and emergency telecommunication.

The said module will examine the project design components based on the conceptual, analytical and approval stages of the dioceses.

During the training, the participants will also go through the essential components of the project design and will facilitate the development of a customized project design module that the dioceses can implement.

At the end of the training, participants from different diocesan social action centers will formulate a facilitation guide for each emergency response strategy and will come up with an action plan to implement at the diocesan-parish level. Participants were from the diocesan social action centers of Pagadian, Ilagan, Baguio, Antipolo, Catarman, Pampanga, Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe and Caritas Manila. (SocialActionNews)

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