The Resilient Communities Campaign. North Luzon Renewables launched the Resilient Communities Campaign ("Campaign") in 2016 to advocate for climate-resistant communities surrounding its windfarm and along its 62-km connection asset from Pagudpud to Laoag City. The Campaign underscores how sustainable development and resiliency go hand-in-hand in ensuring that local communities are able to face new challenges brought about by climate change. Resilient communities have proven to be able to bounce back faster.
Through the Campaign, barangay representatives from NLR’s 32 connection asset communities are taught the basics of disaster preparedness and response with assistance from the local Bureau of Fire Protection units and the local Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management offices. Additionally, 40 barangay representatives from NLR’s host barangays of Caparispisan and Caunayan received a two-day Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Management Certification Course. To complete the course, community representatives were asked to prepare their respective barangay action plans for disaster and emergency situations. After completing the two-day course, the barangay representatives were certified as community first responders for their respective barangays.
Following the training, all barangays were provided with disaster preparedness kits to augment the emergency and disaster preparations within their communities.
Already in its second year of implementation and having trained close to 400 individuals, the Campaign provided the different barangays with important skills to address Typhoon Haima, one of the strongest storms to hit Ilocos Norte in 2016.