Research Forum on DRRM and Migration

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Three studies were presented – (1) Local and Indigenous Knowledge on Disaster Risk Reduction in Small Island and Coastal Communities by Dr. Emmanuel M. Luna(2) Review on Ketsana Rehabilitation Program by Prof. Lenore Polotan- Dela Cruz; and (3)Migration Situation in Six Barangays in Lemery, Batangas by Prof. Mary Lou L. Alcid.

In her Opening Remarks, Dean Rosalinda Pineda-Ofreneo underscored the importance of research and how research when put into practice, can affect the lives of many.

In the first presentation, the video production noted Local and Indigenous Knowledge (LINK) on Disaster Risk Reduction with their scientific explanation. According to Dr. Luna, LINK is sustainable in small size communities because of the population size. LINK also reflects the culture and identity of a particular indigenous group. But, there some of the threats to LINK.  As mentioned, these include: new technology and advancement; migration; and, urbanization.

On the other hand, the second presentation tackled the Ketsana Rehabilitation Program. It focused on Constructivist Evaluation as a process of inquiry in the study. It involved a p

The third presentation focused on labor migration. They used the “world café” as a process of inquiry that takes about 20-30 minutes per cluster with 12-15 participants. The area is Lemery, Batangas- a first-class community, where there is a significant number of remittance centers present and overseas employment is very common among residents. Among the major reasons for overseas employment is the decline of agriculture over the years. The Philippine economy has become economically unstable making majority of local jobs financially unviable for many families. Families would then work overseas than invest locally.rocess of negotiation, consensual and competing claims, needs and interests and used dialogue and conversation as key processes. The following factors were seen as key factors for Disaster Preparedness; safety and security; confidence building; capacity development; political engagement; livelihood security; and women participation and empowerment.

An open forum followed the presentations.  Then, a synthesis was made by Dr. Leocito Gabo who emphasized the importance of preparedness and stability both in the aspect of disaster risk reduction and migration. The closing remarks was delivered by the REDO Director, Prof. Jocelyn Caragay, pressing the importance of these types of forum as venue for knowledge sharing and production among faculty, students and staff.

The research forum is a continuing series of discussions spearheaded by the Research and Extension for Development Office (REDO).  Ms. Josefina M. Rolle served as overall coordinator and moderator of Research Forum no. 4.