Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

The Interdependence Of Humanitarian Work

A Programmatic Evaluation among NGOs, CSOs and Private Sector During the Itbayat, Batanes Earthquake Disaster Response Operations

Photo Credit: Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Disasters often bring new and emerging challenges which require efficient and systematic management. Critical areas in disaster management include resource management, the optimum achievement of response objectives, and accountability and authority.

During the Itbayat Batanes earthquake, there was a challenge in dealing with and responding to the incident due to the confusion brought by the sheer number of humanitarian workers (NGOs, CSOs and Private Sector) involved in carrying their own mandate, following their own vertical structure of policies and protocols, communications and feedbacking mechanism, and the lack of unifying concepts in the provision of subsistence of needs which somehow resulted to unprecedented operational problems.

For this study, the researchers intend to evaluate how the Non-Government Organizations, Civil Society Organizations and Private Sector operate during the Itbayat, Batanaes earthquake. In addition, the study aims to formulate a policy recommendation to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to enhance interdependence of humanitarian workers in the disaster response operations.