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Submitted: 17 August 2018 Modified: 17 August 2018
HERDIN Record #: CAR-CRHRDC-18081711395158

Big people in Little Kibungan exploring survivorship from Typhoon Pepeng.

Rejean B. Subdi,
Samantha Grace V. Tanding,
Zenny M. Ticabayan,
Maureen E. Gay-as

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The study focused on the unique experiences of the survivors of typhoon 'Pepeng' in Benguet in October 2009. Data gathering started from November 2014 to February 2015 at Little Kibungan, Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet utilizing narrative analysis under the descriptive qualitative approach of research. Apart from the survivors' experiences, the study also disclosed the mechanisms of survivors' practiced by the participants and their concern about the incident. It involved 10 participants for the Key - Informant Interview (KII), 6 participants in the group discussion while 4 participants in the informal interviews. The participants were selected based on the set criterion.


            The results of the study were categorized in various themes per domain, based from the objective of the study. As for the experiences of the survivors, the following themes were generated; Fear over Me, Worries in Progress, Panicking Frame, and; Half the Blink of an eye; the Aftershock; Away from Home, Life without Spark, Recovered Bodies; The Many Faces of Emotion, The Handling Crab, and The Mourning of the Saved; Mechanisms of Survivorship; Inherent Strength, United We Stand: Divided We Fall, Divine Intervention, and When Culture Heals; Aiding their Endurance; Directive Interventions, Medical Assistance and Supportive Intervention, and the Could haves and Ifs; Keeping Promises, Sustainability, Reluctance to Relocate, Iron-hand enforcement, and Stubborn!.


            Based on the results and conclusions, the following recommendations are suggested; (a) the survivors are encouraged to uphold the coping mechanisms which they practiced; (b) researchers should be more sensitive and cautious when conducting in-depth studies regarding experiences; (c) to the researcher and the health care providers, it would be more therapeutic to approach individuals who have experienced traumatic events with their strengths rather than focusing on their weakness; (d) with the claims of the survivors of being saturated with the research works, future studies should be focused on the rehabilitation phase and consider the results of previous studies or archives from the municipality; (e) seminar and trainings regarding disaster awareness and preparedness should be included in the activities of Barangays in collaboration with the LGU; and (f) further studies should be conducted regarding the mechanism of survivorship in disaster-prone area.

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