Post ‘Ompong’ rehab plan pushed for CAR
Office of Civil Defense Administrator Ricardo Jalad recommended the conduct of a comprehensive post typhoon Ompong recovery and rehabilitation plan for the Cordillera Region. The plan, he said, will play an important role in securing government funding support for the region’s rehabilitation efforts. Typhoon Ompong in CAR caused billions worth of damages in infrastructure and agriculture, affected the lives of 102,371 families, and claimed the lives of 114 people.
Source: PIA story, October 22
Disaster preparedness platform launched
In Cebu, more than 20 representatives from the public, private, and civil society sectors gathered to sign a memorandum of agreement for regional collaboration on disaster risk reduction and management. The event saw the launch of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) Central Visayas Regional Platform on disaster preparedness and response. A-PAD Philippines is jointly convened by the Citizen’s Disaster Response Center (CDRC) and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF). The former is an NGO that promotes community-based disaster management through its 16 regional centers in the Philippines, while PDRF is the country’s major private sector vehicle and coordinator for disaster risk reduction and management.
Source: Manila Bulletin, October 15
Disaster-related projects in Negros OKd
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in Negros Occidental approved the funds for disaster-related projects in the province. These projects include the establishment of a two-hectareresettlement site in Hinobaan town, establishment and operations of Task Force Buglas Humanitarian and Disaster Response and Coordination Center, climate resilience in fisheries through access to insurance, and training of the Negros Occidental Special Rescue Unit as well as city and municipal fire marshals.
Source: PIA story, September 27
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