Security Information and Crisis Management Policy

security information

It is rare for a stranger to enter a community without being guided by local residents. Even if you are a Filipino, you will rarely enter a place without being guided by a local resident. It is not as safe as the residential and commercial areas where the non-poor live.

Examples of incidents that have occurred in the past

During the day in July 2008, there was a shooting in the vicinity of the Salt Center in Payatas. This was sparked by a confrontation between individuals, which had nothing to do with Salt and did not cause any damage to the surrounding residents.

In November 2008, a jeepney drove out of control on Market Street in Payatas, killing eight people.

There have been incidents of robbery and pickpocketing while walking around the Payatas and on the road to Kasigrahan. The robberies tend to occur before dawn or early in the morning or after dusk. In the Philippines, muggings and pickpocketing generally tend to increase as Christmas approaches.

We have sent over 2500 people to the Philippines since 1995 and we have never had an accident or incident in our programs. The reasons for this are that our organization has been working in the area for many years, some of our staff members are local people, we know many of the people in the area and are well known in the community, and they are the local people who guide us when we walk around and visit homes.

Japanese people are not usually the targets of local shootings, but if you do encounter one, you will be instructed by the salt staff to act accordingly.

When it comes to robbery and pickpocketing, the Japanese are also potential targets. To reduce your risk, don’t carry expensive items, don’t flicker them around with you if you have them, and don’t use vehicles (such as jeepneys) that are easily accessible to others for transportation.

In the unlikely event that you are met with a mugger, a common recommended measure is to hand over what you have without resistance.

Crisis Management Policy

Request for Consent Form

All participants in the program will be required to provide a written consent form. Salt Payatas will make every effort to ensure that the program is as safe as possible by collecting information on local security, establishing security measures and following emergency response guidelines. However, as mentioned above, the areas you will be traveling to are said to be less safe than other areas in general. You are aware of this fact and agree to take responsibility for your own actions and for the consequences of your participation in the program.

Consent form: consent form_consent

Movement

The Salt Payatas field experience program will provide you with a private vehicle. We will pick you up at the location of your choice and drop you off.

Activity Location & Leaders

All the on-site briefings, socializing, and lunches will take place at the two-story Likha Empowerment Center, which is basically our base of operations.

When we walk around the area and visit homes, we always have a local resident who has been with us for a long time to accompany us.

We have a mobile phone network for residents and staff to communicate with each other. If there is anything unusual in the program, the residents will inform the program leader of any changes in the program.

Meals.

The lunches served on site will be served freshly cooked in the center’s kitchen. The water we use comes from the tap.

The water quality is tested to ensure that it is safe to drink. However, we ask each participant to bring his or her own mineral water for drinking.

If you have a tendency to have an upset stomach, lack of sleep or fatigue, you may have an upset stomach from time to time. If you have a concern about your health condition on the morning of the tour, we may ask you to refrain from eating.

We will also check for food allergies at the registration stage.

Emergency Response

In the event of an emergency, our first priority is to protect the lives and ensure the safety of the participants.

In the event that a participant is not feeling well, if the leader decides that the participant needs medical attention, he or she will be taken by private vehicle to the nearest City General Hospital (St. Lukes), which is well-equipped and covered by international travel insurance.

During the program, it is our policy to follow the advice of our residents in the event of an accident or incident in the community that requires an immediate response.

They are the ones who can gather the necessary information faster and choose the least risky course of action. We have built up a trusting relationship with them through our activities and have guided more than 2,000 Japanese people for 18 years without incident, in accordance with this policy.

This is how we conduct our field trip programs.

Please be sure to read the following pages in order to have a safe and secure on-site experience.

Click here for instructions on how to participate.

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