TUKLAS_Call for IdeasAs the third-most disaster prone country in the world, the Philippines is a good avenue to explore disruptive solutions to improve emergency preparedness. To answer this opportunity, a consortium of four organizations (CARE Philippines, Plan International, Action Against Hunger, and the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center) created TUKLAS (‘’Tungo sa Kahandaan ng Pilipinas’’) Innovation Labs – a project that aims to pilot and scale innovative Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) approaches from the most vulnerable communities in the country.

TUKLAS operates nationwide through four regional labs, in recognition of the various hazards and DRR opportunities present in the country. The Central and Southern Luzon Lab is based in Quezon City and seeks to discover, test, and nurture local solutions and entrepreneurs from Regions III, IV-A, IV-B, V, and NCR.

From 25 September until 30 November 2017, we are calling for DRRM project proposal submissions from local government units, schools, and non-government/civil society organizations. The main criterion is that the innovation places a disaster-vulnerable community in the center of its creation and implementation. From a large pool of applications, the top forty (40) innovations will receive project support and funding for eight (8) months, from March to November 2018.

We invite your organization to partner with us by:

  1. Hosting an orientation in your city, municipality, or province – The TUKLAS Team will visit your organization to conduct an orientation and a short workshop for DRR innovation, as well as answer any inquiries on the project timeline and specifics.
  2.  Submitting 3-5 project proposal entries to TUKLAS – We welcome submissions for piloting or scaling; the Central and Southern Luzon Lab will provide technical support until 29 November to increase your chances of acceptance for project implementation.
  3. Setting a meeting with the TUKLAS Team – We want to explore the different ways we can work together to make the communities in our region disaster-resilient; we are eager to discuss points of collaboration at your earliest convenience.

TUKLAS will incubate innovations that are made by communities, for communities – we feel this is key to truly sustainable disaster preparedness solutions, but we need your help to invest in the best ideas.

Should you have any clarifications or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us through Kara Medina (kara.medina@care.org) or 09270637955. We appreciate a response to this email by 29 September 2017.

Thank you very much, and we look forward to working with you!

Sincerely,

(sgd.) Francelline Jimenez

Project Manager for Central and Southern Luzon, TUKLAS Innovation Labs