Local stakeholders should be involved in planning, decision-making, and implementation of development and humanitarian programs and activities, especially in emergency preparedness, mitigation, and prevention. With this aspiration, local civil society organizations engage with international humanitarian organizations to amplify voices of community members and ensure their representation. Globally, international humanitarian organizations have pledged to support localization and encourage grassroots involvement in various processes.
It is in this light that MINCODE and CARE have signed off as strategic partners in the Philippines. CARE is one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations supporting more than 962 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects in 94 countries. In the Philippines, CARE works with local partners through its Humanitarian Partnership Platform (HPP). MINCODE has meaningfully participated in this Platform since 2016 and recently became part of its Core Group which steers the direction of the HPP.
Last August 13-14, CARE and its HPP Core Group Partners came together to review emergency preparedness protocols, structures and capacity building plan for the HPP members. MINCODE was represented by its Executive Director Ms. Raizsa Mae “Bai” Anayatin. Agri-Aqua Development Coalition (AADC), a member network of MINCODE and one of CARE’s pioneering strategic partners in the Philippines, was represented by Ms. Agnes Bolanos. The following are members of the CARE HPP Core Group: Leyte Center for Development (LCDE), Cordillera Disaster Response and Development Services (CORDIS), Assistance and Cooperation for Resilience and Development (ACCORD), Citizens Disaster Response Network (CDRN), Agri-Aqua Development Coalition (AADC) and Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE).