CitySavings Bank (CitySavings), the Aboitiz-owned thrift unit of Union Bank of the Philippines, has joined forces with Komunidad and the Aboitiz Foundation for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2.0. In a statement released on Monday, December 4, the collaboration aims to enhance disaster risk reduction programs in Caramoran, Catanduanes, and Dinapigue, Isabela.
As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), CitySavings has committed to establishing an early warning system in these two municipalities. The initiative seeks to contribute to the creation of resilient, empowered, and sustainable communities while aligning with the goal of enabling stakeholders to prevent, prepare for, and recover from the impacts of disasters.
According to the statement, Komunidad, through its Climate Action Center, provides access to one global positioning system (GPS) location per local government unit (LGU) with a portal to Komunidad’s Site Analysis Dashboard, featuring five data parameters. The LGUs also receive 5,000 Early Warning Alert credits, delivered via SMS or Viber, with event-triggered and scheduled daily reports sent to five identified recipients.
CitySavings highlights that the LGUs, in return, commit to utilizing the information from Komunidad’s decision support tools to enhance their disaster preparedness and climate adaptation programs. This involves incorporating Komunidad’s Climate Adaptation Suite into their local DRRM plans for project adoption and sustainability. The support package includes training sessions on climate and weather systems, decision support tools, and digital platforms for LGU DRRM officers and key stakeholders.
“To promote knowledge-sharing and capacity-building, relevant information will be disseminated to other communities and stakeholders. Komunidad and the LGUs will jointly conduct information, education, and communication campaigns to increase awareness among end-users and community members, further expanding the reach of our services,” stated CitySavings.