PGS Lecture Series 2022-07: Juan Miguel Torres on photovoice

The political and social exclusion of women, children, older adults and persons with disabilities (PWDs) – especially the economically disenfranchised – has always been identified as a perennial problem in society. In the context of disaster risk reduction (DRR), the PWDs are among those crucially impacted by natural hazards and climate induced disasters. And yet their voices are excluded from DRR-related decision making and planning activities. With more hazards expected to be experienced, including the impending “Big One” or a strong earthquake set to happen anytime due to the West Valley Fault in Metro Manila and its peri-urban fringe, communities and sectors must be fully capacitated to be resilient to deal with the direct and indirect impacts of disasters as well as the aftermath. Hence, effective and participatory planning in the pre-emergency phase – with the inclusion of all sectors of society particularly the poorest of the four sectors – is crucial in securing and saving lives and in ensuring that appropriate systems are in place to help restore order, build resilience, and provide protection and basic services to citizens.

The Philippine Geographical Society (PGS) through its PGS Lecture Series invites Juan Miguel Torres of Salikhain Kolektib and who currently sits as project manager of Lahat Dapat Innovation Project will deliver a presentation entitled Using Photovoice as a Community-based Participatory Tool in Developing Inclusive Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies. It is happening on Monday, 25 July 2022 at 4:00PM.

For the presentation, two barangays in Pasig City, and one in Quezon City represented by different sectors of the community participated in a Photovoice project are to be spotlighted. In particular, the identification and categorization of their vulnerabilities and capabilities will discussed. The undertaking aims to identify gaps, and come up with strategies to make barangay disaster plans more inclusive.

To register, click the following link to participate in the lecture series. https://tinyurl.com/3vvzv2uy

The midyear edition of PGS Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the UP Department of Geography through the Geographies of Disasters and Hazards Research Cluster.

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