Title

Typhoon preparedness of the local government of Bacoor Cavite in providing services to persons with disabilities

Date of Completion

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy

Keywords

Cyclonic Storms, Disabled Persons

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine the typhoon preparedness of the local government of Bacoor, Cavite in providing services to persons with disabilities and to assess whether the city is disability inclusive or not when it comes to typhoon preparedness. Bacoor City, Cavite was chosen due to its high flood susceptibility and most numbers of persons with disabilities in the province of Cavite. The researchers used a descriptive and quantitative method for the research design, in which representatives from the Bacoor Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (BDRRMO), the main government unit in Bacoor responsible for assuring everyone's safety during disasters, and from each barangay in Bacoor City who has undergone training with the BDRRMO or is active in typhoon-related activities in the area, totaling to 53 respondents. The group made use of purposive sampling technique and a survey questionnaire was provided for the respondents to answer, which covered topics such as communication identification of persons with disabilities, resources, personnel involvement, information dissemination and accessibility to evacuation centers. Frequency and percentage were used in analyzing the data. The result was then presented in a narrative format and was further supported using tables and figures. Based on the results, the majority of the LGUs have lists that identify PWDs in their area, relief goods that they distribute to PWDs, personnel support, means to educate and disseminate certain information to persons with disabilities regarding typhoon-related issues and have evacuation centers. However, there is lack of consistent approach towards helping PWDs in preparing for typhoons, such as uneven distribution of resources, lack of personnel education, and lack of professionals whose main concerns are PWDs; thus, there is an obvious contrast between the emphasis and effort towards the welfare of the whole community and towards the PWD community.

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