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Community Disaster Management in the Community of Tio-Angan in the Philippines

Mumm, Sophie LU (2017) SGED10 20171
Department of Human Geography
Human Ecology
Abstract
Natural hazards have affected human society throughout history. The Philippines is a country particularly vulnerable to natural hazards due to its geographical location and widespread social vulnerabilities. This research is conducted in the Philippine province La Union, and aims to investigate community-based disaster management as an approach to strengthening disaster resilience of communities.

The research design is an explanatory case study, and data was collected through eleven semi-structured interviews and unstructured observations of field work. The study was conducted through an internship in the Philippines, with the organisation Alay Bayan-Luson, Inc. Two research questions are explored. The first investigates the practice... (More)
Natural hazards have affected human society throughout history. The Philippines is a country particularly vulnerable to natural hazards due to its geographical location and widespread social vulnerabilities. This research is conducted in the Philippine province La Union, and aims to investigate community-based disaster management as an approach to strengthening disaster resilience of communities.

The research design is an explanatory case study, and data was collected through eleven semi-structured interviews and unstructured observations of field work. The study was conducted through an internship in the Philippines, with the organisation Alay Bayan-Luson, Inc. Two research questions are explored. The first investigates the practice of disaster preparedness and response in the community of Tio-Angan, before the members received training in community-based disaster management. This training forms a community disaster management organisation. The second question investigates how and why a community-based approach to disaster management is helping communities increase their disaster resilience.

To analyse the collected data, a conceptual framework was constructed, consisting of the concepts disaster risk reduction, disaster risk management, community, vulnerability, capacity, local ownership and resilience. The findings are that members of Tio-Angan community prepare for disasters by telling their neighbours about them and securing their houses and their animals. Post-disaster assessment includes cooperation to clear roads. Furthermore, in communities with an established community organisation for disaster management, members state a greater unity among the people. Moreover, they describe an increased knowledge about disasters and how to mitigate their effects. Implementing community-based disaster management takes time, but the findings show it brings positive effects to the communities targeted. (Less)
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Mumm, Sophie LU
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organization
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SGED10 20171
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Philippines, disaster, vulnerability, resilience, community
language
English
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8911278
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2017-06-12 14:21:45
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  abstract     = {Natural hazards have affected human society throughout history. The Philippines is a country particularly vulnerable to natural hazards due to its geographical location and widespread social vulnerabilities. This research is conducted in the Philippine province La Union, and aims to investigate community-based disaster management as an approach to strengthening disaster resilience of communities. 

The research design is an explanatory case study, and data was collected through eleven semi-structured interviews and unstructured observations of field work. The study was conducted through an internship in the Philippines, with the organisation Alay Bayan-Luson, Inc. Two research questions are explored. The first investigates the practice of disaster preparedness and response in the community of Tio-Angan, before the members received training in community-based disaster management. This training forms a community disaster management organisation. The second question investigates how and why a community-based approach to disaster management is helping communities increase their disaster resilience. 

To analyse the collected data, a conceptual framework was constructed, consisting of the concepts disaster risk reduction, disaster risk management, community, vulnerability, capacity, local ownership and resilience. The findings are that members of Tio-Angan community prepare for disasters by telling their neighbours about them and securing their houses and their animals. Post-disaster assessment includes cooperation to clear roads. Furthermore, in communities with an established community organisation for disaster management, members state a greater unity among the people. Moreover, they describe an increased knowledge about disasters and how to mitigate their effects. Implementing community-based disaster management takes time, but the findings show it brings positive effects to the communities targeted.},
  author       = {Mumm, Sophie},
  keyword      = {Philippines,disaster,vulnerability,resilience,community},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Community Disaster Management in the Community of Tio-Angan in the Philippines},
  year         = {2017},
}