The Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit (EPRU) works in partnership with the Government of Philippines, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and local CSOs in providing humanitarian assistance to forced migrants or Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) due to natural disasters and armed conflict. EPRU aims to provide effective and appropriate responses to the various needs of any displaced population in a safe, orderly and dignified manner.
The EPRU program is also in line with the Migration Crisis Operational Framework (MCOF) focusing on Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Shelter/NFI, Health, Protection, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Resilience Building. IOM, through EPRU, responds to various humanitarian emergencies in the country upon the request of the Government and in coordination with the HCT. IOM acts as CCCM Cluster Co-Lead with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and is an active member of the Shelter Cluster.
EPRU implements projects patterned after the Disaster Risk Reduction & Management (DRRM) Cycle:
- Phase 1: Emergency - focuses on CCCM, Displacement Tracking, Emergency Shelter, NFI, Health, Protection.
- Phase 2: Early Recovery/DRR - focuses on Shelter and Disaster Preparedness. Project activities include capacity building, operational and technical support to partner Government agencies and direct provision of humanitarian support to the displaced populations.
Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit
- Camp Coordination & Camp Management (CCCM) - provision of coordinated humanitarian assistance and protection to displaced populations in camps, camp-like settings and host communities based on international and local humanitarian standards
- Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) - increasing the resilience of vulnerable communities against disaster risks with particular focus on Mass Evacuation Preparedness
- Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) - assisting the Government in tracking and assessing the needs of displaced populations
- Shelter - providing emergency, transitional and permanent shelters to displaced populations based on “build-backsafer” principle and practices
- Psychosocial Support (PSS) - delivering psychosocial services to disaster affected populations, particularly to the most vulnerable groups to hasten their recovery process
- Capacity Building - supporting Government partners, CSOs and communities with trainings on CCCM, Evacuation Preparedness, DTM, Shelter and Psychosocial
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