Through the Cordillera indigenous peoples’ traditional practice of support system (ub-obfo, mabtad,
binnadang, innabuyog, gamal, ob-obbo) in times of either man-made or natural calamities and
emergency, members of communities mobilize and collectively work for the immediate relief and rescue
of victims, rehabilitation of destroyed private or communal properties, search missions for missing
people, and other necessary actions deemed necessary by the affected and the rescuing communities.
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance promotes this traditional practice of disaster response through its
program on socio-economic services that is carried out by the CPA People’s Welfare Commission. The
People’s Welfare Commission coordinates services, disaster response and other initiatives through the
Serve the People Brigade – Cordillera Disaster Response Network. For instance in 2009, when super
typhoon Pepeng hit the Cordillera region, the Serve the People Brigade-Cordillera Disaster Response
Network immediately mobilized volunteers and resources and provided relief and rehabilitation services
especially to the areas that were not reached by government relief services.
Statements and Articles
2009 Typhoon Pepeng Disaster Response