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SDRC Receives New Grant from OML Center

An SDRC research team headed by Behavioral Sciences faculty member Dr. Dennis Erasga  recently received a grant to conduct a study entitled “Whose Health, Whose Vulnerability: A Stakeholder Approach in Assessing Health-Related Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Philippines.” Awarded by the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation, Inc., the grant will support the new study which aims to target the impact of extreme weather events on public health and well-being.

Specifically, the study aims (i) to assess existing vulnerability and adaptation assessment tools currently in use at the national and local levels; (ii) to identify community-based health-related vulnerabilities as a consequence of extreme weather events; (iii) to map health behavior and practices in relation to extreme weather events; and (iv) to translate these behaviors and practices as indicators in the construction of vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation assessment tools for capacity building and policy advocacy at the local level.

The study is aligned with the mandates and research priority of the Climate Change Commission (NCC), which was established as an organizational structure when the Philippine government enacted the Climate Change Act (Republic Act 9729) in 2009. The Climate Change Act provides the policy framework with which to systematically address growing threats on community life and their impact on the environment. The national climate change framework strategy has recently been translated into a National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), which prioritizes food security, water sufficiency, ecological and environmental stability, human security, climate-smart industries and services, sustainable energy, and knowledge and capacity development as the strategic direction for 2011 to 2028 (NCC Action Plan, 2011-2028).

The “Whose Health, Whose Vulnerability” project aims to fine-tune appropriate tools using actual experiences of selected communities impeded by a variety of climate-change related disasters. Using human health both as focus and entry point, the project will generate context-sensitive tools that the community can design and revise according to changing situations and circumstances, via the stakeholders’ approach. The output of the project will define the value of careful stakeholder analysis for sustainable, effective and planned adaptation.





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