|Title||Social capital and disasters: How does social capital shape post-disaster conditions in the Philippines?
Posted by Hazel Jovita
|Authors||Hazel D Jovita, Haedar Nashir, Dyah Mutiarin, Yasmira Moner, Achmad Nurmandi|
|Journal||Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment|
|Abstract||Social capital is a common feature among disaster-resilient communities. This research aims to define how social capital shapes the post-disaster conditions in the 2011 Typhoon Washi-affected communities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City in Region 10 Philippines. Qualitative analysis was used in analyzing the data gathered through purposive sampling and semi-structured interviews. Thirty typhoon survivors and 14 focal persons of the government and non-government agencies were chosen based on their active involvement in the community. The findings revealed that the solidarity among typhoon-affected communities contributed to the recovery of the survivors. The findings also highlighted that the solidarity in the typhoon-affected communities is part of the normative structure of the society where bonding and linking social capital are nurtured. Further, the community remains to believe that their respective local officials can be trusted and are capable of helping them in times of need despite the shortcomings during the 2011 Typhoon Washi. We argue that social capital in the community is not easily diminished over a crisis and therefore must be nurtured towards effective community-based disaster resilience mechanisms.|
|Index terms / Keywords||Social capital, post-disaster, solidarity, typhoon|