Quiapo Church makes an effort in its own humble way to help dioceses and parishes in need during calamities and disasters. The inspiration to set-up the ministry began during the severe flooding caused by typhoon Ondoy in 2009. Though Quiapo Church has been responding to calamities through relief efforts, the experience of typhoon Ondoy made the church realize the importance of preparation during calamities. Everytime there is flooding, parishioners are affected and there are casualties especially those near the creek. But surprisingly during typhoon Ondoy there was no casualty except for a drunk man who jumped at the underpass along C.M. Recto Street. The zero casualty succeeded because hours before the flood rose, the Quiapo Church Social Services Ministry and other departments mobilized to inform the people and the barangays that floods were coming and that evacuation centers must already be prepared. Food was cooked and groceries were purchased to feed the evacuees.

After Ondoy, a discernment was undergone by the heads of the ministries of Quiapo Church to seriously consider becoming proactive and decided to set up Disaster Management Ministry. Before its launching, the parish priest began his studies in disaster management at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Bangkok, Thailand. The staff followed. It was realized that there was a whole science and a process the ministry needed to undergo in order to efficiently activate as a disaster management ministry. Preparations were made to enter into disaster risk reduction by networking with institutions and setting-up scientific and IT elements. The parish had its staff trained for Geographic Information System (GIS) in order to begin a mapping apostolate as the initial activity in preparing for disasters. The staff also underwent trainings under NDRRMC, NAMRIA, PHIVOLCS and ADPC.

The ministry was launched in 2012 and it was then called Quiapo Church Disaster Management Ministry (QCDMM) and was supervised by Ms. Donna Vendicacion. It established partnership with the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC), a Jesuit research organization which has been doing GIS for more than 22 years in the Philippines. It has also built rapport and linkages with different NGOs, institutions and government agencies such as Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Statistics Office (NSO)-Manila branch, CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action-Justice and Peace (NASSA) Manila, RCAM-Ecology Ministry, Digital Information Systems and Technologies (DISAT) headed by Mr. Bong Grajo and Condoza Solutions Software.

In 2013, QCDMM became Quiapo Church Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Ministry (QCDRRM). QCDRRM staff participated in different trainings and seminars here in the country and abroad to develop their abilities and skills to progress further in relation to disaster risk reduction and management. Quiapo Church has signed Memorandum of Agreements with NAMRIA (National Mapping and Resource Information Authority) for data sharing of hazard maps and with PHIVOLCS (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) for the REDAS (Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System) software usage and exposure database management. Ongoing training of staff continued with NAMRIA, ESSC, PHIVOLCS, ADPC and Miriam College.

In 2014, a reorganization was done to link the Lord of the Black Nazarene Foundation, Inc. and the Social Development Ministry under the new ministry named Quiapo Church Disaster Preparedness and Response Ministry. It has responded to major disasters that have befallen our country sending financial and relief assistance to various dioceses in coordination with government and church institutions. Quiapo Church has also engaged in Rehabilitation efforts in Zamboanga due to Typhoon Pablo, Bohol due to the earthquake, Borongan, Eastern Samar, Antique, Capiz, Palo, Leyte and Palawan due to Typhoon Yolanda. Rehabilitation assistance involves livelihood, scholarships, housing, school building re-construction and consultancy. Currently, Quiapo Church is continuing to integrate its efforts in helping other dioceses in establishing their disaster management ministries and in networking with various church institutions to respond to disasters.

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