KABALAKA Gallery welcomes 45 children and their parents from UP Visayas' Balay-Balay Child Minding Center. The tour aims to teach the young ones the concepts of disaster preparedness. (Iloilo City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office photo)
THE Iloilo City Government’s KABALAKA Gallery for disaster risk reduction management has been attracting visitors at Ker Building behind City Hall.
KABALAKA stands for KAhublagan sa Barangay para sa LApnagon nga KAhandaan sa Kalamidad or Movement for Community-Based Disaster Preparedness.
Some 20 foreign members of ACT alliance, a global community of Churches based in 140 countries, visited KABALAKA Gallery on April 24, 2019 to study the city’s community resilience and climate actions.
The visitors are attending the Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Advocacy Workshop at Richmonde in Megaworld Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao April 23-25.
Also, 1,720 guests visited KABALAKA Gallery from August to December 2018 and another 1,233 visitors in January to March 2019.
City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) head Donna Magno said KABALAKA Gallery enhances public awareness on disaster preparedness.
“This gallery was established based on what we have learned while studying disaster risk reduction. One of the reasons why we established this was because we want to share to the public, especially to children, what we have learned and to educate them because we do not know when a disaster would hit us,” Magno said.
KABALAKA Gallery was developed through the Community-Based Adaptation and Resiliency Against Disasters (CBARAD) project in partnership with City of Yokohama, Japan; CITYNET Yokohama Project Office; and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
It was first set up at the Art Deck Building of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University in November 2016 and transferred to Ker Building in July 2018. (PIO)