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Cordillera DRRM stakeholders converge for Disaster Resilience Summit

Philippine Information Agency
19 Sep 2019, 04:38 GMT+10

BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 18 (PIA) - - The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) gathered key stakeholders at Venus Parkview Hotel here for a two - day Disaster Resilience Summit focused on establishing synergy in achieving disaster resiliency through the four priorities for action in the Sendai Framework for DRR.

Adopting the theme, "Strengthening Resilience through Whole - of - Society Approach," the summit was attended by more than 200 participants from CRDRRMC member agencies, local government units, local DRRM offices and various sectoral groups and institutions.

CRDRRMC Chairperson and Office of Civil Defense - Cordillera Regional Director Albert Mogol outlined that the summit's main objectives were to establish a common understanding and appreciation of the issues and challenges in implementation of DRRM plans; to be informed on the importance of multi - stakeholders' contribution in pursuing the Sendai Framework for DRR, and to solicit recommendations through action planning and declaration of commitment.

The Sendai Framework for DRR is an international document which was adopted by UN member states during the Third World Conference in Sendai, Japan on March 18, 2015 and endorsed by the UN General Assembly in June 2015 to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risks.

The plenary sessions had presentations on Understanding the Risk of Geological Hazards in the Cordillera region by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau; Participatory Governance Towards Disaster Resilience Communities by the Department of the Interior and Local Government; Investing in Poverty Reduction towards Community Resilience by National Anti Poverty Commission; Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan Towards Building a Better Cordillera by the National Economic and Development Authority, and Build - Back - Better in Rehabilitation, Reconstruction - Engineering Approaches to Infrastructure Development by the Dept. of Public Works and Highways.

On the second day, the participants were divided into a four groups for the simultaneous breakout sessions. Each group was assigned one of the four priority areas for action of the Sendai Framework namely, Understanding Disaster Risk; Strengthening Disaster Risk Governance to Manage Disaster Risk; Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience; Enhancing Disaster Preparedness for Effective Response and "Build Back Better" in Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction.

With the ever changing landscape of disaster due to climate change, Mogol called for continuing partnership and convergence with all key stakeholders in Cordillera in strengthening disaster resiliency in every community in the region.

He also highlighted the importance of continuing learning from the region's experiences in past typhoons such as Ompong and Rosita last year that caused devastating landslide incidents in Itogon, Benguet and Natonin Mountain Province, respectively. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

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