Young Leaders for Resilience

The National Resilience Council (NRC) believes that young people have the capacity and drive to help in achieving disaster and climate resilience.

As the lead implementing partner of ARISE Philippines, the NRC created the Young Leaders for Resilience Program (YLRP) to encourage youth engagement in co-creating solutions that address the resilience challenges of local government units (LGUs) in the Philippines.

To come up with innovative solutions targeting specific LGU risks, the YLRP uses IBM’s Design Thinking framework, an approach IBM defines as “helping us get things done in a way that enables speed, constantly delivers new value, and ensures minimal risk.”

IBM Philippines, Asia Pacific College, and National University, with support from NRC and ARISE Philippines, then conducted the IBM Enterprise Design Thinking Workshop (EDTW) for students of academic institutions within NRC’s partner LGUs. Below are photos from the EDTWs:

Bataan Province

Cagayan de Oro City

Iloilo City

Iriga City

Muntinlupa City

Naga City

Ormoc City

Zamboanga City

With help from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices and the City Planning and Development Offices, the students conducted research to develop and refine their proposals.

The students presented their proposals at the local level, where a top-performing team from each of the 8 LGUs were selected to pitch their ideas at the national level during the November 12 Top Leaders Forum in Pasay City:

  • Bataan Peninsula State University (Bataan Province)
  • Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan de Oro (Cagayan de Oro City)
  • PHINMA University of Iloilo (Iloilo City)
  • Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (Iriga City)
  • Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa (Muntinlupa City)
  • Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology (Naga City)
  • Visayas State University (Ormoc City)
  • Ateneo de Zamboanga University (Zamboanga City)

The winning teams per LGU defended their proposals before an esteemed panel of judges in a pre-selection process and were given initial scores.

The students then had the opportunity to showcase their ideas through exhibits at the 2019 Top Leaders Forum (TLF), and made their final pitch in the afternoon. The top three teams and their winning proposals were:

  • 1st place – Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa (Muntinlupa City), Seismo-Power Terminator
  • 2nd place – Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan de Oro (Cagayan de Oro City), Project ORO
  • 3rd place – Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (Iriga City), Tri-button Emergency Box

2019 TLF photos are courtesy of SM

To learn more about the Young Leaders for Resilience Program, check out the YLRP flyer on NRC’s Resources Page.

WATCH: 8th Top Leaders Forum

On November 12, ARISE Philippines, SM Prime, and the National Resilience Council (NRC) held the 8th Top Leaders Forum at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

With the theme “From Risk to Resilience: Forging Pathways and Milestones”, the TLF was an opportunity to showcase the work of various sectors in achieving a disaster and climate resilient Philippines. Specifically, it highlighted:

  • Private sector engagement with small and medium enterprises
  • NRC’s partner local governments’ progress on the localized resilience scorecard
  • NRC’s Adopt-A-City program
  • Launch of the Young Leaders for Resilience Program
  • Partnership with Coastal Cities at Risk in the Philippines, Zuellig Family Foundation, and Manila Observatory in the conceptualization of the Resilient Barangay Program
Video courtesy of CNN Philippines

NRC talks disaster resilience on ANC

In an interview with ANC, National Resilience Council (NRC) and SM Prime Consultant for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience, Vice Admiral Alexander Pama, talked about how NRC is bringing together various sectors to address challenges in disaster and climate resilience.

See the full interview below:

Video courtesy of ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).