During this week-long program, the team visited five pilot barangays to conduct the assessment and to get a grasp of the actual conditions of the area.
Iloilo also hosted several meetings and workshops at city hall to sharing ideas of project activities and form a multi-stakeholder partnership among the concerned groups. One workshop, which dealt with the strategic planning of partnerships, was facilitated by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) of the Republic of the Philippines. During this session the participants drafted action plans outlining the core activities of the project. Sharing their expertise on disaster prevention in Japan, the team members also made an appearance on local television as panelists.
The CBARAD Project, coordinated through CYO, is a three year project in Iloilo, operating with the assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and in partnership with Iloilo City Government, City of Yokohama, Office of Civil Defense (Philippines), Association of Disabled Persons Iloilo, Central Philippine University, Tsurumi River Networking (Japan) and Plus Arts (Japan). While it will be completed in April 2015, the core activities will continue, pursuing long-term disaster prevention in local Iloilo communities.