DSWD and JICA team up to intensify disaster preparedness in PH

From the Department of Social Welfare and Development

In an effort to prepare the country to meet the effects of climate change, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Office of Civil Defense, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) came up with the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Capacity Enhancement Project (DRRM-CEP).

One of the concrete outputs of the cooperation is the formulation of the National Disaster Response Plan (NDRP) which tackles issues on the need for timely, effective, and coordinated response to disasters or calamities in all levels of government.

The DRRM-CEP, backed up by the national disaster response plan, will be used during the onslaught of tropical cyclones and monsoon rains.

The Undersecretary of DSWD Parisya Hashim-Taradji received the DRRM-CEP Plan from JICA Project Formulation Advisor Hayato Nakamura during the department’s flag raising ceremony yesterday at DSWD Central Office, Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

The DRMM-CEP, whose drafting began in March 2012, is intended to assist DSWD in formulating its own disaster response plan, policies, protocols on humanitarian response, including the training of stakeholders.

Usec. Taradji conveyed her gratitude to JICA for their continuous support and contribution especially during times of disaster.

“The bond between DSWD and JICA is getting stronger as years pass. We value your commitment and support in the risk management programs by sharing our learnings,” Usec. Taradji said.

For more than 40 years, JICA has been sending funds and experts to assist the country’s risk reduction and management.

“As a long-time partner of DSWD, we are very glad to share this DRMM-CEP PLAN. We expect that this comprehensive plan will serve as DSWD’s guide in all phases of the disaster management process,” said Nakamura.

Nakamura also stressed that controlling natural hazards is virtually impossible but enhancing response capacity is the most effective way to manage and reduce disaster risks.

The turnover ceremony ushers in the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month this July, with the theme,“Kahandaan at Kaligtasan ng Pamayanan Pundasyon ng Kaunlaran.”

dswd.gov.ph

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