Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

CCA stakeholders join hands, launch national alliance platform

By: Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, March 9 (PIA) --- The Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Philippines (A-PAD Philippines), in its endeavor to strengthen the commitment of its allied countries and partners, recently launched its national platform at Hotel Jen in Manila, Thursday last week with the theme: “The Philippine Platform: Beyond Response. Building Resilience. Securing our Future.”

The international symposium and national platform launch also served as a venue for disaster management advocates to converge and share their respective experiences that would enhance efforts to minimize harm if not totally eliminate casualties in times of disaster.

Two of the attendees, Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) President Gilbert Albero and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Camarines Sur Information Center Manager Lizel S. Macatangay represented Luzon cluster. Albero and Macatangay were both signatories of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) earlier signed here to promote and enhance cooperation among private sector, government and civil society organizations. The common goal is to build disaster resilient communities.

Albero, in his speech shared how the business sector closely collaborates with other organizations in the city just to put in place disaster management at the core of its priorities. He also made it clear that the business sector in the city is committed in ensuring that all activities and projects will be done without harming the environment as part of mitigating the impact of disaster.

The event was also graced by Advisory Board member of Indonesia National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction known as PLANAS and  A-PAD Chairperson Faisal Djalal who was also actively involved in the Aceh Post-tsunami earthquake disaster response and rehabilitation activities including consultations with large-scale stakeholders.

Other international guests who also came to witness the historic launch include partners from A-PAD Sri Lanka, PLANAS Indonesia, A-PAD South Korea, Dhaka Community Hospital (DCH) Trust Bangladesh, and A-PAD Management Office in Japan.

Civil Defense Administrator and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director USEC Alexander P. Pama also acknowledged the invaluable assistance of civil society organizations (CSOs), non-government organizations (NGOs) and other volunteers in the success of disaster management in the country.

“Our efforts in taking people out of harm are undoubtedly bearing positive results.  This endeavor p goes beyond minimizing losses and saving lives or the significance of decreasing casualties but protecting the livelihood of affected communities,” Pama added.

APAD Philippines is being jointly organized by Citizens’ Disaster Response Center Foundation, Inc. (CDRC) and Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) with the support from Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs through APAD Japan. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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