CARE worked since 1949 in the Philippines and is known for its programs on emergency preparedness and response, livelihood recovery, integrated risk management, innovations, gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health.
CARE’s emergency responses in the Philippines include typhoon Pablo (Bopha) in 2012, Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013, Ruby (Hagupit) in 2014, Lando (Koppu) and Koppu (Melor) in 2015, Karen (Sarika), Lawin (Haima), Nina (Nock-ten) in 2016, the earthquake in Surigao City, Marawi armed conflict and typhoon Tembin (Vinta) in 2017.
Sexual and reproductive health & gender-based violence response
Supporting Sexual and Reproductive and Health (SRH) is fundamental to CARE’s mission of empowering women and girls. A woman’s social, economic and physical status is inextricably linked to her ability to exercise her reproductive rights.
CARE is working with public service providers and communities in over 50 countries to provide information and access to SRH services, family planning, prevention, detection and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and maternal and neonatal care, including emergency obstetric care. In the Philippines, CARE is working closely with the country’s public health sector to respond to the SRH needs in Marawi City through training of health center personnel and establishment or fortification of high-quality family planning and post-abortion care services at key health facilities that currently serve internally displaced populations (IDPs). CARE is also advocating for the integration of minimum initial service package into emergency health plans of provincial and municipal health offices.
To address cases of sexual exploitation and gender-based violence (GBV), CARE also works with local organizations in Mindanao in establishing culturally-appropriate mechanisms for the IDPs. CARE provides essential psychosocial support and access to GBV referral pathways through regular “Family Conversation” sessions where IDPs openly share and discuss their concerns, issues and plans for recovery.
Increasing community resilience
In the Philippines, CARE empowers communities to address their vulnerability to natural hazards, climate change, environmental degradation and other shocks and stresses, and to strengthen their resilience. CARE is promoting the integration of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and ecosystems management and restoration as an effective approach to build community resilience thus applying the approach across all our programs.
Currently, CARE is part of the Partners for Resilience program and the Moving Urban Poor Communities Towards Resilience (MOVE-UP) project, both being implemented in Metro Manila & other provinces to actively engage local and national governments, civil society organizations, private sector and communities in fortifying their capacity to reduce risks, and to prepare for and respond to disasters.
CARE also pilots the Resilience and Innovation Learning Hub (RILHUb) that offers a platform for communities, civil society organizations, academe, government, private sector to collaborate in exploring solutions and developing knowledge, and to facilitate sharing of experience and best practices on Integrated Risk Management (IRM). The RILHub also promotes learning through development of training materials, conduct of trainings and organizing other learning events that focus on IRM.
Innovations in disaster preparedness
CARE is working under a Consortium of international NGOs in implementing the Tungo sa Kahandaan ng Pilipinas (Towards Preparedness in the Philippines) Innovation Lab project also known as TUKLAS that identifies innovative ideas and entrepreneurs across the country, and tests and scales promising models that will improve disaster preparedness.
CARE and three other organizations have set up one Innovation Lab each in different parts of the country. CARE is leading the Central and Southern Luzon, and Metro Manila area, covering about 50% of the country’s population living both in urban and rural areas. In addition, CARE is engaging with private and academic sectors for this project.
Four years after typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), CARE continues to support severely affected people through livelihoods recovery assistance. CARE, in partnership with local organizations, launched the Community Enterprise Facility (CEF) project that provided financial and training support to community-based associations. CARE also implemented the Women Enterprise Fund (WEF) program empowering over 900 women micro-entrepreneurs through financial and training assistance.
Over 285 community enterprises (from cassava production to seaweed processing to vegetable farming etc.) were established. CARE’s livelihood program approach goes beyond addressing the needs of one group.
CARE is currently implementing the Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance (THRA) Project funded by the Global Affairs Canada in Visayas applying the ‘Value Chain Framework’ to gain a deeper understanding of market dynamics, demand, supply and inter-firm relationships. Through this approach, CARE-assisted associations and community-based micro-entrepreneurs are involved in various phases of a value chain (from production to processing to marketing), and different skill building trainings to sustain the enterprises.
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