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Jan 30 2017

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Bohol enriches learning for resilience at international symposium

16387195_575098132683383_117723642180925431_nBohol is enriching its learning for resiliency with its participation to an international symposium in Pasay City on Tuesday to increase the capacity of the sectors that are most vulnerable to disasters.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (PDRRMO) Anthony Damalerio attended the conference which presented the experiences in some vulnerable areas in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Asia-Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) Philippines conducted the forum during which its partners’ best practices in capacity building and disaster response were shared.

Representatives from A-PAD member countries like Japan, Sri lanka and Bangladesh amplified the degrees of the collective impact of disaster response and management and collaboration with the private sector.

“We can save more lives in less time,” Damalerio quoted A-PAD crying slogan to send the symposium’s underlying message across.

Along with Cebu PDRRMO Baltazar Tribunalo, Damalerio actively participated in the interaction, sharing best practices and highlights concerning Bohol’s terrifying experience during the epic earthquake which also hit Cebu.

The Bohol disaster management officer exchanged notes with new Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Director Concepcion Ornopia, who will visit here for courtesy call on Gov. Edgar Chatto on February 8.

The symposium’s top guests and participants included keynote speaker Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan; Indonesian Chairperson of APAD Faisal Djalal; Japanese Embassy First Secretary of Economic Section Koji Otani; and Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) President Rene Meily and Senior Adviser Guillermo Luz, among others.

Held at the Heritage Hotel Manila, the symposium carried the theme “Strengthening Partnerships in Communities: Making Disaster Resiliency of Vulnerable Sectors A Priority.”

It was a joint effort of the A-PAD Philippines, Japanese
Government, Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) and PDRF.

The A-PAD is a trans-national disaster aid alliance that works to
facilitate cooperation and understanding between governments, private companies and NGOs in the Asia-Pacific region.

It facilitates collaboration among the member countries for delivering affective and efficient disaster assistance through preparedness, risk reduction, and relief and recovery.

A statement of unity was made and a pledge of commitment signed by the A-PAD partners, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), and Philippine government representatives, to include the OCD, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

A-PAD Philippines’ also has a major program, a business continuity plan for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), including those engaged in agriculture and fishery, in close coordination with the DTI, Damalerio said.
Farmers and the fisherfolk are considered among the vulnerable
sectors during calamities.

The symposium’s keynote speaker, Sen. Pangilinan, has authored Senate Bill 1281, or the Sagip Saka Act of 2016 once it becomes a law, which institutes the farmers and fisherfolk enterprise development program of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

At the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), meanwhile, a resolution was passed on Friday asking DA Sec. Emmanuel Piñol to relocate the regional office to Bohol from Cebu.

Permanent link to this article: http://edcom.bohol.gov.ph/bohol-enriches-learning-for-resilience-at-international-symposium/