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Advancing small island resilience and inclusive development through a convergence strategy in Carles, Philippines

Jesusa Grace Molina (Technical Services Program, Centre for Disaster Preparedness, Quezon City, Philippines)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 10 August 2018

Issue publication date: 22 January 2019




Various natural, socio-cultural and economic risks confront the people of Gigantes Islands in the municipality of Carles. The islands’ exposure to these hazards has aggravated poverty in the locality as demonstrated in the prevalence of unsafe livelihood activities and lack of access to health facilities. The onslaught of Supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013 has led to environmental and economic destruction, which prompted UP Visayas Foundation, Inc. to implement the Rehabilitation for Island Sustainability and Empowerment Gigantes Project, a rehabilitation initiative for the islands. The Frontline program contributed in enhancing its implementation through inclusive risk profiling. The paper aims to discuss this issue.


One of the actions done to promote small island resilience was the institutionalization of convergence strategy to consolidate post-disaster and development efforts of government and non-government organizations at different levels. The formation of Island Sustainable Development Alliance, Inc., an umbrella organization of community-based groups involved in disaster preparedness and natural resource management, has demonstrated the beauty of convergence.


Good relationships, resource mobilization and shared responsibility among stakeholders became evident as a result of collaboration. Despite challenges on consolidating the barangay development councils due to varying priorities, and conflicting interests due to survival, the strategy led to significant impacts toward addressing vulnerabilities and isolation.


To sustain the initiative, capacity-building and advocacy efforts are implemented continuously on the ground to promote ownership and inclusive development.



The author is grateful for the support of the UP Visayas Foundation, Inc., especially Mr Jorge S. Ebay, Program Manager of the RISE Gigantes Project; cooperation of ISDA members; commitment of different individuals and organizations that made the convergence strategy a success in the municipality of Carles; and warmth of the people from the four barangays in Gigantes Islands.


Molina, J.G. (2019), "Advancing small island resilience and inclusive development through a convergence strategy in Carles, Philippines", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 33-41.



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