After the “typhoon-prone construction training” held last March in the Barangay Esperanza of San Francisco (Camotes Islands, Philippines) and of which you can read about here, on the 25th June 2016 Kito Onlus proposed the “building back better principle” training, this time in the Barangay Santiago. The course, one afternoon long and with 25 carpenters as participants, aimed at giving the necessary notions to build or re-build houses and buildings in a safe way and at suggesting the actions that have to be undertaken in case of an emergency.
The first part of the training, held by Kito Onlus’ President Paola Vecchiato, focused on technical and practical aspects. After a community mapping, 8 slides were shown, which were aimed at pointing out the importance of different construction elements, from foundations to joints; participants learned that houses, need to be built in a proper way, especially when using light local materials, in order to be resistant against storms and typhoons. Finally it has been explained that also the location and the shape of the structures have a fundamental role. Practical examples have been made and participants were involved in case-studies.
The principles of a typhoon- and earthquakes-prone construction were applied in the building of the Health Center in the Barangay Esperanza, where local materials were used and local beneficiaries were involved in the construction works.
In the second part, Monique Piquero, Chief of the Disaster Risk Reduction Unit and Gary Muana, Operations and Warning Officer of the DRR in San Francisco, talked about prevention and what to do during emergencies. The two speakers outlined the necessity of having an evacuation plan always ready, of recognising the alarm signals for emergencies and of foreseeing ways to contact relatives and friends when the danger is over. They also suggested the participants to prepare a grab bag, which means a bag containing everything’s useful during an evacuation, waterproof and light enough to be carried around. Such a bag should, for example, always include a medical kit, clothes, comfortable shoes, batteries, torches and matches, water, food, cooking tools and important documents.
As in the typhoon-prone construction training, participants were given an evaluation questionnaire, to verify their comprehension of the course’s contents, and hammers.
Also this time Kito Onlus is satisfied with the training’s successful outcome!