The Citizens’ Disaster Response Center

The Citizens’ Disaster Response Center


The Citizens’ Disaster Response Center is a non-governmental organization which focuses on addressing the needs of the community especially the vulnerable ones — before, during and after a disaster strikes. It started out in 1984 not as an organization but as a relief campaign first. Later on, the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center was formed advocating for community-based development-oriented disaster response which later on became community-based disaster management. In disaster management, CDRC puts stress on community participation, that is why it is called participatory. We identify the capacities or the strengths left within the community which the society has always considered as “victims.” We look at them as “survivors.” They have capacities and knowledge which they can use to prepare even before disaster strikes. This knowledge is also important during mitigation and prevention activities. This way, the communities are able to prepare for disasters that hit their communities. They already know what to do, what to avoid, what things they need to salvage first during emergencies… The have already identified the most vulnerable community or family members who need to be prioritized during disasters. Disasters happen in the Philippines especially now that climate change is a real threat. It is important that the communities understand what climate change is so that when its direct or indirect effects hit them, they will not be helpless. When we empower them, they are able to withstand calamities. As disasters we encounter intensify, there is a need for increased involvement of those who have greater capacities – may it be communities professionals, students, those who are quite well-off, teachers — everyone who can help. CDRC welcomes everyone. Help is not limited to monetary assistance. It can also be the presence of our volunteers. CDRC has so many activities and without our volunteers, the success of these activities will not be possible. Let us all help the poorest and most needy people. Let us join hands in helping people help themselves.

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