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Eleventh Hour: Mainstreaming post-disaster mental health interventions in the Philippines

Surviving climate-related disasters is not just physically draining. It is a mental and emotional labor. With Typhoon Odette leaving unprecedented destruction in our communities, the government must expedite the mainstreaming of psychosocial services into our current disaster risk reduction and management plans.

This was highlighted by Pinoy Climate Reality Leader Ruzzel Morales, one of our Youth Coordinatros, in our Manila Bulletin column Eleventh Hour.

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Eleventh Hour: Can social media chatbots save Filipinos from climate disasters?

In our Manila Bulletin column Eleventh Hour this week, Pinoy Climate Reality Leader Ferth Manaysay shared how mobile-centric platform @MapaKalamidad.ph intends to contribute to climate change adaptation and disaster response actions in the Philippines—a country highly vulnerable to extreme climate events and rising sea levels.

Launched in September 2020, MapaKalamidad.ph aims to harness the power of social media and instant messaging to crowdsource information about extreme weather events and climate-related disasters at the street level.

The platform promotes an ethic of information sharing and civic co-management, by supporting peer-to-peer sharing and providing a way for government agencies and first emergency responders to monitor the needs of communities.

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