RECENTLY, 31 young humanitarian workers from 10 countries, including the Philippines, underwent a
five-day training on disaster risk reduction in Mandaluyong City.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent (IFRC), hosted the training.
The five-day Regional Training of Trainers on Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter
Awareness (PASSA) was held at the PRC headquarters in Mandaluyong City.
What is exciting about the PASSA program is that it is about the young people, energy, passion
and focus, according to the IFRC.
“It is not just about the future, but it is also about now. Because youth is not just future,
youth is now,” said IFRC head of Country Office Chris Staines in a press statement.
Delegates were trained to sharpen their awareness on shelter safety issues. Identify and
analyze hazards, vulnerabilities and strategies related to shelter and implement programs based on
their locality’s capacity.
PASSA is IFRC’s response to the need to turn communities into safe shelters that can host
better living conditions.
The PRC gives importance on the capabilities of young people on how to give back to
communities in terms of safe shelter awareness, said PRC Youth Committee Chairman Novey Robert Dolde.
“Tama ’yong ginagawa ng PRC at IFRC na pagsasanay sa mga kabataan para tumulong sa publiko at
bayan, sa panahon ng pangangailangan,” said a well-meaning barangay official.
We, thus commend leaders of the two agencies -- the PRC and the IFRC -- for conducting the
training, away from the spotlight, of trainers on participatory approach for safe shelter awareness.
Certainly, it’s a move in the right direction considering the worsening of climate change.