11: No One Left Behind? A Case for Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in the Philippines

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Given the imperative to ‘leave no one behind,’ enshrined in both the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the clamor for developing disability-inclusive DRR approaches has grown in recent years. But while the need for disability inclusion is acknowledged, there is a need to understand how it can be practiced on the ground. To address this need, the chapter presents the case of the Cebu Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Network (CDiDRRN), a multi-stakeholder advocacy coalition participated actively by various organizations of persons with disability, civil society organizations, and government agencies. The CDiDRRN has been hailed as one of the pioneering initiatives for disability-inclusive DRR in the country and continues to gain wider attention both locally and internationally. By highlighting the experiences, accomplishments, and challenges in establishing CDiDRRN—captured through process documentation, key informant interviews, and participant observation—the chapter demonstrates how a rights-based disability-inclusive DRR can be promoted. The chapter then offers practical strategies and lessons learned from the experience of CDiDRRN which can serve as guideposts for future work on disability-inclusive DiDRR in the Philippines and beyond.

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