Makati Mobile Knowledge Resource Center (MKRC)
Makati Mobile Knowledge Resource Center (MKRC)
Solution proposed by:
City Government of Makati in partnership with SEEDS Asia
In a Nutshell:
The Makati Mobile Knowledge Resource Center as part of Makati’s community-based approach in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) aims to raise the awareness and build the capacities of the community, to prepare for, respond to, and recover, from disasters. MKRC will utilize a Mobile Knowledge Resource Center in the form of a truck, which will serve as a platform for participatory and interactive learning about Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change.
Where and When:
In March 2015, SEEDS Asia and the City Government of Makati entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of MKRC in the city. Mobile Knowledge Resource Center was first piloted in Myanmar as a collaborative effort by Church World Service, SEEDS Asia, and Myanmar Engineering Society. Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan, also in collaboration with SEEDS Asia, has also launched its MKRC last December 2011 in Pakistan.
Makati is a disaster-prone city and the necessity of disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts is rising. This initiative was proposed to avoid hazards and mitigate their potential impacts by reducing vulnerabilities and exposure, and strengthening the resilience and capabilities of communities. The lack of technical capacity of barangay officials to explain the concepts of disaster risk reduction in the simplest way and as relatable as possible to as many stakeholders in the community is a big challenge to communicate risks faced by residents so they could act accordingly.
The use of a Mobile Knowledge Resource Center (truck) which contains Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials such as miniature hazard models, posters, brochures, audio visual presentations, and play materials that are produced based on the results of the hazard and risk assessment and can be transported to the different parts of the city will help better explain the concepts of disaster risk reduction in a participatory and interactive way to many community members as possible. Several activities can be done simultaneously using the contents of the truck such as lectures, video-showing, DR-related games for children and practical skills training (use of fire extinguisher, first-aid, etc.)
This initiative is anchored on the two thematic areas stated in the Makati DRRM Plan: Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and Disaster Preparedness. Disaster Prevention and Mitigation focus on averting the occurrence of disasters or reduce their impacts through proactive policies and measures. Disaster preparedness focuses on equipping the City and its stakeholders with the appropriate awareness, knowledge, skills and equipment for disaster risk reduction and management. It also underlies the idea of laymanizing technical terms and concepts about DRRM through MKRC.
The Makati Mobile Knowledge Resource Center is a project in partnership between SEEDS Asia and the City Government with funding support from the Japan Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is a 2-year initiative involving Makati Diaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Makati Urban Development Department, Makati Liga ng mga Barangay, Makati Information and Community Relations Department, and Department of Education-Makati Division. All 33 barangays of Makati are targeted for this project. The overall objective of the project is to raise awareness of the communities on the different hazards and how to prepare and respond to them. It involves the conduct of activities such as, but not limited to, practical workshops, trainings, and other activities with the end goal of creating a mobile knowledge resource centre which will serve as a platform for participatory and interactive learning on disaster risk reduction and management and climate change. Town Watching & Hazard Map Making and Training of Trainers are the activities launched by the Makati MKRC. Town Watching and Hazard Map Making activity aims to make the community aware about the hazard that surround their community which can be dangerous in times of disasters. Training of Trainers, on the other hand, aims to ensure the continuity of the MKRC activities after the project implementation period by developing potential trainers and formulating an action plan not only for the roll out of the MKRC activities but also the IEC program of all the barangays.
MKRC raised the level of awareness of the communities in DRR, measured through the diagnostic and post-training exams given to the participants during the MKRC activities. A total of 466 community members have participated in the activities as of February 2016. Through the Town Watching and Hazard Map Making activities conducted in all 33 barangays, the city hazard maps were validated at the community level. The results of Town Watching, where the positive and negative features in the community were identified, were used as a basis of the barangays for the preparation of their respective Annual Investment Plan and enhancement of contingency plans. In addition, through the conduct of MKRC Training of Trainors wherein a total of 305 community members were trained, the workforce for awareness and information dissemination activities increased.