Mangin, Dagupan City Experience
Mangin is one of the thirty-one barangays in Dagupan City, Pangasinan. It has the most number of households vulnerable to flooding in the city. Its livelihood opportunities include employment in public and private offices, agriculture and fisheries, operation of public transportation, retail stores, and small-scale entrepreneurship. Many families also receive remittances from family members working as OFW’s (ADPC, Safer Cities 2009). Mangin is constantly beset by recurring floods due to tributaries of a major river system (Agno?) that make it susceptible to flooding disasters during the monsoon and typhoon season in the months of July-December. As part of a larger framework on disaster preparedness, Mangin along with other barangays in Dagupan City participated in (Program for Hydro-Meteorological Disaster Mitigation in Secondary Cities in Asia) PROMISE, a project involving participatory risk assessment and the institutionalization of an early warning system that aimed to focus a culture of preparedness and mitigation rather than post-disaster activities. The major objective of PROMISE was to foster self-initiative and create a comprehensive risk-reduction plan in the communities of Dagupan city.
1:670-scale model (no vertical exaggeration) of BarangayMangin City of Dagupan, Pangasinan Province, Philippines (Yr February – July 2009)
Note: The model was produced in the context of the Program for Hydro-Meteorological Disaster Mitigation in Secondary Cities in Asia (PROMISE) specifically within the framework of a Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) initiative. The project was initiated by a local NGO as part of a larger CBDRR initiative. The model features the collective knowledge local residents and representatives from the Barangay, the Disaster Coordinating Council, City Government of Dagupan, Center for Disaster Preparedness, and the University of the Philippines Diliman.
The 3D model was produced on 4 February 2009 and on 17-18 July 2009 and subsequently used for vulnerability mappingactivities. Results includes the following: Spatial assessment of hazard, vulnerabilities and capacities, reinforcement of a CBDRR plan, and methodological learning
Model produced in the framework of the Program for Hydro-Meteorological Disaster Mitigation in Secondary Cities in Asia (PROMISE)
Funding provided by USAID and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Local contact organisation: City Government of Dagupan, c/o Emma Molina, City of Government of Dagupan, Dagupan, Pangasinan 2400, Philippines, emmaj_molina[at]yahoo.com