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Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. and Ashoka Philippines hold 'Barangay Resilience Exchange' to support hundreds of LGU leaders

Last July 23, Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc., and Ashoka Philippines kicked off Day 1 of "Barangay Resilience Exchange (Rx)," an online event on community-driven innovation for resilience in time for National Disaster Resilience Month. It was attended by more than 300 barangay & local government unit leaders and their supporters from private companies and non-governmental organizations.
Vice President Leni Robredo and Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte delivered keynote addresses on building resilience on the national and local levels, respectively.
The other featured speakers were Jean-Henri Lhuillier, President & CEO of Cebuana Lhuillier and Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc.; Abi Mapua, Country Director of Ashoka Philippines; Ashoka Fellow Kevin Lee, Founder of A Single Drop for Safe Water and project manager of the Barangay Resilience and Innovation Through Empowerment (BRITE) program; and infectious disease specialist Dr. Bryan Albert Lim. They challenged the notion of "Filipino resilience," gave suggestions on what we need to make this perception a reality, and shared how communities across the country are responding to current emergencies.
Base Bahay and BRITE also shared their innovative solutions in the Project Exchange segment. Maricen Jalandoni, the President and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for Base Bahay, presented how the organization's unique cement bamboo frame technology is providing affordable and sturdy housing to communities, as well as providing them with livelihood opportunities. Barangay officials from Puerto Princesa discussed how the BRITE program helped them clearly identify grassroots problems and design more effective solutions.
The event will continue for the next two following Friday mornings, 9-11:30 AM on July 30 and August 6. Barangay Rx will feature more project exchanges where innovators will share their solutions, and clinics which are workshops that will provide free training and resources.
Barangay Rx is open to anyone who wants to learn more about community resilience and how to support local leadership. Visit www.barangayrx.com to learn more.
Barangay Rx was designed by Cebuana Lhuillier, Foundation Inc., and Ashoka Philippines to ensure that knowledge and skills reach overlooked frontliners, our barangay leaders who often do not have access to professional development opportunities to prepare them for unpredictable emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ashoka™ is the first and largest network of social innovators in the world with almost 4,000 Ashoka Fellows in over 90 countries. Ashoka also builds communities and collaborates with partners across sectors towards a world where everyone is a changemaker.
Cebuana Lhuilller™ is the Philippines' leading and largest micro-financial services provider specializing in pawning, remittance, microinsurance, and micro-savings. Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc.™, as the corporate social responsibility arm of the P.J. Lhuillier Group of Companies coordinates, implements, and supports programs and initiatives all over the Philippines that would promote the welfare and well-being of sectors of society that are in need.
Barangay Rx is supported by the Office of Civil Defense, the National Youth Commission, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
This article was written by Jose Luis Pablo. Jose Luis Pablo is the Communications Manager of Ashoka Philippines.
Editor's note: This is a sponsored post.

Last Modified: 2021-Sep-17 18.18.54 UTC+0800