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Region 8 consultation tackles mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in dev't planning

Tacloban City (September 18) -- A Regional consultation workshop on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in sub-national development and physical planning, was conducted on September 17, 2007 at Hotel Alejandro in Tacloban City under the auspices of the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Development, the National Economic and Development Authority and the United Nations Development Program.

Director Susan Rachel G. Jose of the NEDA Central Office said that the Mainstreaming disaster Risk Reduction in Sub-National Development and Physical Planning in the Philippines aims to strengthen the country's comprehensive disaster risk management program in the light of the successive calamities that hit the country in 2006.

This is an answer to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who once said that "many of the risks that communities and individuals undergo can really be prevented if we all decide and plan on how we will do disaster mitigation."

Workshops will be conducted in CAR (Benguet), Region 4 (Manila, Region 5 (Albay), Region 13 (Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur), aside from Region 8 (Leyte). These are the proposed pilot provinces which were culled out from the list of provinces targeted to have completed multi-hazard maprs through the READY Project of NDCC by 2007.

The project, Director Jose said, aims to develop guidelines for the preparation of Disaster Risk Reduction-enhanced regional Physical Framework Plan and Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan, with a specific Region and specific province as case studies. Regional and local planners will also be trained on the use of said guidelines.

The Regional consultation workshop hopes to generate awareness and support among project stakeholders. It also hopes to gather relevant data and seek inputs from local and regional stakeholders on the initial framework for mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction in sub-national plans. Further, the consultation workshop will determine areas of complementation among agencies and local government units in project activities and baseline information sharing.

Aside from Director Jose, also present was Engineer Leon M. Dacanay Jr. discussed the rationale for incorporating disaster risk reduction in sub-national plans.

Another consultant, Engr. Renan Ma. Tanhueco discussed the proposed disaster risk reduction mainstreaming framework in subnational development plans as well as the components of the mainstreaming guidelines.

Dr. Tabassam Raza presented the the economic and financial implications of disaster risk reduction, including the economic impact assessment with or without disaster risk management.

On the other hand, Dr. Enrico C. Paringit discussed the advantages of using Geographic Information System as well as data and map requirements, for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in sub-national development and physical framework.

The participants in the September 17 workshop were the members of the Regional Development Council, the Regional Land Use Committee, Office of Civil Defense/Regional Disaster Coordinating Council, provincial planning and development coordinators, provincial land use committee and NEDA Regional Office staff headed by Director Buenaventura Go-soco and ARD Emma Sanopo. (PIA 8) [top]

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