IDEALS has very good news to share. Among 88 nominations from 44 countries, IDEALS is one of the 33 short-listed candidates to the coveted 2015 Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction:
The United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction is awarded to an individual or institutions that have taken active efforts in reducing disaster risk in their communities and advocates for disaster risk reduction. Together with the World Health Organization Sasakawa Health Prize and the UN Environment Programme Sasakawa Environment Prize, the United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction is one of three prestigious prizes established in 1986 by founding Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, Mr. Ryoichi Sasakawa.
The United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction is presented during the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is a biennial forum for information exchange, discussion of latest development and knowledge and partnership building across sectors, with the goal to improve implementation of disaster risk reduction through better communication and coordination amongst stakeholders. It is for government representatives, NGOs, scientists, practitioners, and UN organizations to share experiences and formulate strategic guidance and advice for the implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA).
The United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction prize-giving ceremony takes place on the 17th March 2015, alongside the 3rdUN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. IDEALS was nominated by Atty. Antonio La Viña, Dean of the Ateneo School of Government and Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
IDEALS was nominated for its recent inititatives on civil documents reconstruction and mobile registration in Yolanda affected areas in the islands of Samar and Leyte. Civil registration, a basic right for all Filipinos, regardless of their status, class and ethnicity, is an indispensible requirement for individuals and communities situated in disaster-prone regions. As state obligation to ensure this right, civil registration processes allow states to monitor demographics and provide the government strategic planning in enabling effective policies for public services such as education, health, shelter and other basic social services. For individuals, civil registration equates to legal identity, a passport to social protection. It provides legal proof/documentation necessary to secure basic land and property rights and provide access to basic services such as health care, education and, in the context of climate change, safety nets during times of natural disasters.
In most cases, however, expensive legal and application fees, limited information, proximity issues and lack of accessible roads from far-flung communities to the town center where the local civil registrars offices are located restrict the poor in securing civil registration and therefore no access to legal rights and justice claims.
IDEALS’ journey in providing legal assistance to survivors of Supertyphoon Yolanda has not been rosy and we thank our partners for the support allowing us to reach survivors devastated by Supertyphoon Yolanda.The ABCD/ACBDE projects ensure building resiliency of disaster-prone communities through education on civil registration, strengthening of local civil registration procedures and provision of gender-fair legal assistance to the marginalized, disempowered and vulnerable groups in accessing benefits and legal claims, a basic right to social protection.