It was my first time to travel to the Bicol region last October 11 when I got hired (for the second time) by ACCORD Inc., an NGO involved primarily in disaster risk reduction (DRR), to do photo-documentation tasks for Ugnayan at Bahaginan - Building Resilience through Good Governance. Ugnayan at Bahaginan is a national LGU conference on DRR-CCA-EMR held in Naga City, Camarines Sur.
Some of my photos for the event are published by ACCORD, here and here, and by Rappler.
Finally, we had reached our first destination-- Brgy. Cagsao in Calabanga, CamSur. This is a coastal barangay where ACCORD and CARE had started DRR projects a few years back, including a seawall ("gabion") along this beautiful beach to help protect the community.
Afterwards, we visited the other part of the barangay where CARE and ACCORD conducted a mangrove rehabilitation project. Mangrove forests are said to be natural protection against storm surges and serve as habitat for a rich marine/coastal ecosystem. Mangroves also help a lot in their livelihood and food supplies. Locals testified that a number of species of marine life that were once lost have come back when the mangroves started growing.
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