Three years this May from the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, the ever growing call for localization of humanitarian response remains strong and alive in many different parts of the world. In the context of Asia, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has addressed this call way back in August 2016. ADPC made a push for the improvement of the capacity of local humanitarian actors to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters in select Asian countries through the Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP).
Established in six countries namely, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka, the partnership spurred and ignited the collaboration of the government, local civil society organizations, and the private sector networks. To this end, the Philippines has formed the Philippine Preparedness Partnership (PhilPrep), consisting of major actors in the three sectors led by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) for the government, the Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) for the local civil society and humanitarian organizations, and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) for the private sector.
Being one of the world's most disaster affected countries, there is a strong recognition of the local stakeholders' capacity in the development sector including various groups and networks that have varied levels of experience in emergency preparedness and response as a result of responding to different calamities. Such stories of resilience have been captured in this booklet of case stories prepared by PhilPrep.