|Trainee's Manual on Disaster Preparedness (European Commission Humanitarian Office, 59 p.)|
|Module II. Institutional Mechanisms for Disaster Management in the Philippines|
NETWORKING is not an old concept. Some of you might have already been practicing networking, but this portion is intended to add a few more ideas about it, to help you look at the concept in a clearer and more methodical manner or richer perspective.
The governments Disaster Preparedness Program is a complex one. For its effective implementation, many government agencies have been tasked to work together to bring the program into fruition. Likewise, it is hoped that the participation of peoples organizations in the governments Disaster Preparedness Program will be more meaningful and will be with impact. Such a wish can happen if all those who are tasked to work together will work harmoniously. It is important that the Disaster Preparedness Program and the conduct of disaster operation of various agencies, be closely coordinated to ensure proper delivery of technical assistance and guidance, specially in terms of organization, training and planning and response. During an emergency situation, operational linkages with the DCCs have to be established to avoid duplication of functions that may cause more injury and death and may result to more losses. Both the government and the private sector is important for effective and efficient response in the affected areas. The Disaster Preparedness Program is a shared responsibility of diverse government agencies whose task is to minimize the suffering of our affected countrymen.
NETWORKING is a process or strategy that brings together three or more diverse groups in response to a common goal, need, interest or objective.
a. Vertical - composed of individuals, groups, organization or committees that must cooperate with each other upon suggestion of a leader to attain objectives to which all are committed.
b. Lateral - a network among peers, the interest lies in network that are formed as organizations link up with each other to achieve a mutually acceptable objectives.
A network becomes functional if participating groups takes part in the network because they believe in the purpose of working together, rather than in merely trying to satisfy any institutional organization objectives.
4. Key Concepts
· Peer relationship
· Common Frame of Reference
· Shared Leadership
· Resources Sharing
· Information Sharing
· Democratization of Access to Resources/Information