An Assessment of Barangay Paang Bundok Community Health Capacity in Disaster Preparedness and Response
Keywords: Resilience, Barangay
, Manpower, Training, & Medicine
Year Published: 2019
Research Promoter: Mr. Patrick N. Valera
Calixto, S., De Leon, S., Mariano, R., & Samaniego, C. (2019). An Assessment of Barangay Paang Bundok Community Health Capacity in Disaster Preparedness and Response. Retrieved from: http://poverelloonline.lsqc.edu.ph/research/research.php?id=28.
Climate change has caused the rise of disaster occurrence, which is capable of demolishing vulnerable communities due to the lack of preparation. As such, assessing Barangay Paang Bundok’s preparedness for disasters will help strengthen their community’s resiliency. The research aimed to describe and provide a general assessment of the disaster risk reduction and management measures of Barangay Paang Bundok in terms of its’ community health capacity. Specifically, the research intended to (1) describe the community’s preparedness in terms of manpower; (2) describe and assess the availability of primary health resources (medical equipment and supplies; (3) compare aforementioned resources of the barangay to local standards set by the Local Government Academy, the DOH, the QCLG, and the Local Government Code of 1991; and (4) determine the number of vulnerable groups (elderly, children, people with disabilities, and people with chronic illnesses) currently residing in the barangay. The research utilized key informant interviews and standardized checklists to collect all data needed. The research ultimately discovered that Barangay Paang Bundok is prepared for disasters when measured with these standards. Specifically, Barangay Paang Bundok was able to comply with the standard of having 20 BPSOs, however, it failed to meet ideal ratio of 10 BPSO to 1000 residents, as set by the Local Government Code of 1991. The physical resources of the La Loma Health Center and the Barangay Paang Bundok government office were able to meet the physical resources (medicine and equipment) standards set by the DOH and the QCLG. Lastly, the research discovered that 41 elderly people and children and 107 chronically-ill people currently live in the locale.