DHSUD recognized the important role of communications in advancing resilience agenda. Thus, the department, led by the Public Assistance Service - Communications Development and Media Relations Division, and UN-Habitat conducted the Communications and Advocacy Training on Resilient and Green Recovery in June 8-10, 2022.

The three-day training aimed to increase DHSUD’s institutional capacity on communicating climate resilience and green recovery in human settlements planning and urban management.

Twenty DHSUD colleagues composed of staff from PAS, Environmental, Land Use, and Urban Planning and Development (ELUPDB), and communications focals of different bureaus and services participated in the training. Experts on strategic communications and climate resilience communications served as resource persons for the training. 

The training was divided into two main topics – Strategic Communication and RGR Communication. Under the first topic, the participants learned the foundations of strategic communication including issue- and stakeholder-mapping, and communication and engagement planning 

With RGR communications, participants were provided with an understanding of resilient and green recovery, and how it connects with DHSUD’s work, particularly how resilience abilities can be translated to or manifested in tangible, measurable actions within basic development sectors or “key result areas”. 

As their final output for the training, the participants developed knowledge products that can be used to communicate DHSUD’s ongoing RGR efforts and the RGHSF to various audiences. 

As a way forward, the participants aim to leverage on the workshop to strengthen collaboration between technical and communications teams, to advocate for resilient and green recovery within and outside the agency.