RELATING EMPATHY WITH DISASTER RISK IN DONOR-PROVIDED POST-TYPHOON DURIAN MASS HOUSING PROGRAMS

Sylvester D. Seno




Abstract


This paper builds on a previous study made by the same author, both focusing on determining the sustainability of donor-provided mass housing in Albay province, Philippines - considered as one of the natural disaster hotspots in the country and Asia Pacific region covering the period 2007-2012. The seven housing design variants provided by different donors and their respective beneficiaries  residing among three government and one non-government organization-provided resettlement sites, were evaluated in terms of their disaster absorptive capacity and feeling of vulnerability respectively. Results show most of the dwellings physically and its beneficiaries’ psychologically are considered vulnerable to future natural disaster risks, which indicate disaster risk communication gaps in a sustainable post disaster housing delivery supply chain.  Thus, mutual empathy should be inculcated among donors and housing recipients, in ensuring longevity of mass housing programs through their shared sense of accountability


Keywords


Donors; mass housing; non-government organization (NGO); absorptive capacity; feeling of vulnerability; risk communication; supply chain; mutual empathy

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