The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Ministry of Quiapo Church is a recent ministry that seeks to assist persons affected by disasters such as typhoons and flooding. Quiapo Church is at the forefront of helping parishioners during this calamities. It also helped out many communities throughout the Philippines affected by major flooding and other disasters.

Based on the ministry's stated goals, the Ministry wants to position itself as a resource center for DRRM training and research and as a communications center to share rapid assessment of disaster needs and impact. These are services which the ministry is willing to provide for the rest of the parishes and churches needing such support.

Quiapo Church is also blessed to have a foundation, the Lord of the Black Nazarene Foundation, Inc., their own grocery store and a canteen and a host of ministries. One of these ministries is the Social Development Ministry, a recently formed ministry which is now separated from the Social Services and Development Ministry which offers livelihood support to the poor and the informal sector. In this set-up, the Church is in a very good position to mainstream disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in its development programs.

QCDPRM has allied itself with key government agencies and collaborated with environmental advocacy groups. It began with its own backyard and with its resources and allied ministries in the church, QCDPRM is assured to be sustaining and enlarging as a base for other parishes and vicariates. Information and database from disaster information centers and networks require a comprehensive view of the situation. A culture of safety and resilience is part and parcel of a long term education process. It is incumbent that QCDPRM takes a leadership role in collaboration with affected key sectors for future prevention and planning. There are learning to further strengthen preparedness for response during disasters and calamities. On the other hand, The Disaster Response Team of Quiapo Church using logistics and resources were promptly able to give quick response to areas affected by disasters given the limitations of travel, personnel and resources.

Trainings Attended by the Staff

A. Local-National

  • Basic Disaster Management Training (Philippine Red Cross). May 9, 10 and 12, 2012. Philippine Red Cross-Manila Chapter, Intramuros, Manila
  • Three-Day Basic/Intermediate Incident Command System (ICS) Training Course. June 25-27, 2012. Hotel Stotsenberg, Clark, Dau, Pampanga
  • Training on Protective Services, Safety, Health, Environment and Disaster (PSSHED) and Incident Mapping. September 13, 14 and 24, 2012. Fourth floor Benedict XVI Building, Quiapo Church
  • 3.11 Disaster of Japan: Vulnerability, Loss and Social Transformation International Conference. January 25-26, 2013. Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
  • National Summit on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management for Local Chief Executives. Pre-Summit: March 12-15, 2013. Summit Proper: March 20, 2013. Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City, Manila
  • DOST-NOAH-Enhancing Disaster Resilience Using Open Source Technologies: GeoNode and InaSAFE (Software Development Workshop). May 14-17, 2013. National Engineering Center, UP Diliman, Quezon City
  • 5th Executive Course on International and Local Humanitarian Systems and Tools in Disaster Management. May 22-24, 2013. Miriam College, Quezon City
  • Disaster Nursing Seminar. May 31, 2013. AKS Training Center, Tondo, Manila
  • Development-at-Work Forum- Global Disaster Preparedness Seminar at Asian Institute of Management. June 13, 2013. 123 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
  • Exposure Database Development and Risk Assessment through the Use of Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) Software. August 12-16, 2013. PHIVOLCS Conference Room, PHIVOLCS Building, UP Diliman, Quezon City
  • Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Local Development Planning Process through the Provision and Training on the Use of REDAS Software. September 30 to October 5, 2013. Subic Holiday Villas, SBMA, Olongapo City, Zambales
  • Basic Geographic Information System (GIS) Training (Manifold). September 16-20, 2013. NAMRIA Geomatics Training Center, NAMRIA Building, Fort Ave., Taguig City
  • REDAS Users' Convention. November 19-21, 2013. PHIVOLCS Auditorium, PHILVOLCS Building, UP Diliman, Quezon City
  • Advanced Geographic Information System (GIS) Training (Manifold). February 10-14, 2014. NAMRIA Geomatics Training Center, NAMRIA Building, Fort Ave., Taguig City
  • Basic Geographic Information System (GIS) Training (Quantum GIS) for Hazard Mapping and Assessment. April 28 to May 2, 2014. Paladin Hotel, Baguio City
  • 6th Executive Course on Understanding International, National and Local Humanitarian Systems and Tools. May 7-9, 2014. Lecture Rooms 3 & 4, SMT Building, Miriam College, Quezon City
  • Training of Trainors for OpenStreetMap (OSM). June 10-13, 2014. Benigno Mayo Hall, Ateneo de Manila University Campus, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
  • Seminar Workshop on Hazard Mapping and Early Warning Systems to Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change. June 14, 2014. 5th floor, Benedict Building, Quiapo Church, Manila
  • 1st Diocesan Conference on Disaster Preparedness (Diocese of Paranaque). June 14, 2014. De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City
  • Partnerships for Disaster and Climate Resilience. July 9-10, 2014. Manila Polo Club, McKinley Road, Makati City
  • Incident Command System (ICS) Training. November 19, 2014. 5th floor, Benedict Building, Quiapo Church, Quiapo, Manila
  • Basic Geographic Information System (GIS) Training (Quantum GIS) for Hazard Mapping and Assessment. May 18-22, 2015. NAMRIA Geomatics Training Center, NAMRIA Building, Fort Ave., Taguig City
  • 7th Executive Course on Disaster Risk Management and Humanitarian Systems, Protocols and Tools. May 26-29, 2015. Lecture Rooms 3 & 4, SMT Building, Miriam College, Quezon City
  • 2015 Seminar on the Management of the Dead and the Missing (MDM) in Mass Emergencies and Extreme Disaster Events. June 29-30, 2015. Lecture Rooms 3 & 4, SMT Building, Miriam College, Quezon City

B. International

  • 8th International Training Course on GIS for Disaster Risk Management (GIS4DRM-8). May 7-18, 2012. Swissotel Nai Lert Park, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 22nd Regional Training Course on Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate (CBDRR-22). June 24 to July 5, 2013. Swissotel Nai Lert Park, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 3rd Regional Training Course on End-to-End Multi-Hazards Early Warning Systems (EWS-3). March 3-7, 2014. Citin Plaza Patong Hotel and Spa, Patong, Kathu, Phuket, Thailand
  • International Training Course on Managing Risk in the Face of Climate Change (MRFCC). March 31 to April 11, 2014. Holiday Inn Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • 23rd Regional Training Course on Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate (CBDRR-23). July 28 to August 8, 2014. Sokha Angkor Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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