Throughout its 3-year implementation, the project employed awareness-raising approaches and techniques such as children and youth camps, community contests (urban container gardening, poster making, etc.), concerts, exhibitions, development of an interactive Batang Handa, Batang Ligtas workbook, and other creative methods that helped the children and youth have a sense of ownership on the project.
A child-centered Community Risk Assessment module, which serves as a guide to a separate risk assessment workshop with children from the one with adults was also developed to enable the children and youth to better understand the context of risk in their respective communities.
Youth consultations were also conducted to enable children and youth to demonstrate a higher level of awareness of preparedness and response, as manifested in their view towards evacuation centers, early warning systems and preventive evacuation in cases of fire and other hazards.
The project also renewed the youth’s sense of responsibility and commitment to the community, which is a step forward from being hard-headed, causing them to be apprehended by authorities due to vagrancy. It also fostered their self confidence and encouraged them to become more involved in the community.
The youth were also able to lead awareness raising and capacity building activities that enabled them to learn about important life skills such as leadership, organization, admin and logistics work, among others. In the conduct of the small-scale projects, the youth from San Juan, Valenzuela and Quezon City were able develop project proposals, conduct activity and budget planning more systematically, and lessons learning. More importantly, through these opportunities under the project, they were able to reach out to and consult their peers in the community for them to be able to have a better understanding of their community, and to come up with meaningful activities that are relevant to their sector.
The Technical Working Group (TWG) had been an enabling mechanism for participatory governance where youth representatives are able to actively contribute in all phases of activity implementation: conceptualization, planning, implementation and evaluation. Aside from their membership in the TWG, the project was designed to also enable the youth to lead awareness raising activities, seminars and small-scale projects, which also honed their confidence and leadership skills.
The youth's exposure to the participatory process within the TWG had influenced them to also apply this approach through youth dialogues and consultations that they facilitated in preparation for their small-scale project implementation. This, in turn, honed their public speaking skills as revealed by their presentation of proposed small-scale projects to their respective Barangay Council and TWG. With this, youth participation has been clearly demonstrated throughout the project implementation.
While the project did not focus on formally organizing the youth in each barangay or city, the gains in their collaboration and working together as a collective, certainly presents an opportunity for the strengthening of the sector through organizing. This will not only serve to make the sector cohesive, but will also provide for a much active constituency and enable a more supporting environment for youth representatives that are currently engaging in more formal structures such as the Barangay Development Council, through the (Task Force on Youth Development) TFYD. The extent of commitment, capacity, and potential demonstrated by the youth, particularly in engaging with the duty bearers, and other stakeholders such as the private sector, is enough impetus to sustain their involvement in resilience building. As demonstrated by their Yes SIR, Yes MAM! Campaign, the children and youth are in the best position to assess their situation and speak for themselves and their sector.
The local governments, both at the city and village level, were highly engaged in the process for the project team, ensuring that courtesy calls are completed in each city and village and the city and village officials are always invited in the project activities. It is through their offices that the activities were coordinated by the project team. The local government also extended their assistance through the City and Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (C/BDRRMC) and the Village/Barangay Operations Center. Other than the local government, other government institutions also took part in leading issues for girl children and youth, alongside the issues of women such as the Violence Against Women Desks, Women and Child Protection Desk of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and concerns of persons with disabilities through the Persons with Disability Affairs Office. They worked hand in hand with TFYD, Committees on Women and Families and organizations of persons with disabilities.
Key activities were conducted successfully also through partnerships established with organizations such as Philippine Educational Theater and Association (PETA), Child Rights Coalition (CRC), Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation (HLAF), CFPREP, and a network of private organizations like the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF).