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NEDA-10 briefs media on planning for disaster risk reductions

Cagayan de Oro City (5 October) -- The recent "once-in-a-hundred years" flooding in Metro-Manila and Luzon provinces provided an immediate backdrop for the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) in region 10 to engage media on the importance of planning for disaster risk reduction.

In the 3rd quarter Media Forum held September 30, OIC–Regional Director Leon M. Dacanay, Jr. of NEDA-10, presented an overview of the four-step disaster risk assessment process, an example of quantitative calculation of risk, and explained the benefits of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR) in local planning.

Director Dacanay said that the DRR Guidelines, which will soon be made available to planners in the region, will provide technical basis and justification for decisions and proposals for disaster risk reduction.

The guidelines would allow decision makers to choose the best solution to a risk problem through a benefit-cost analysis.

On a question on the practical application of the guidelines, it was disclosed that the Regional Land Use Committee in a meeting that same afternoon, was going to review a study of the Ateneo de Cagayan University on Disaster Risk Mapping at Micro-scale: the Case of Barangay Carmen on Flood Fire, and Earthquake.

Meanwhile, a regular feature of the forum which is a presentation of the region's economic performance in the 2nd quarter, showed many indicators still on a down trend, compared to the same period last year.

It was expected, however, that the third quarter would present a better picture for the region, and still better than national average.

The government's Comprehensive Livelihood and Employment Program was reported to have achieved 87 percent of its target 41,363 jobs generated as of July 2009.

Updates on major infrastructure projects, ongoing and pipelined, such as the Laguindingan airport (approximately 52% accomplishment), farm-to-market roads, Agus 4,5, and 6 power plants up rating, Pulangui hydro plant rehabilitation, the proposed Hanjin shipbuilding project, and the Mindanao railways project lift up the prognosis for the coming quarters.

Dr. Edwin German Solis of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) gave an orientation on the international human rights core treaties, and the area consultation on the country's Human Rights Action Plan at the Pryce Plaza Hotel.

Announcements were made on the unification of three anti-poverty activities in October: Stand Up and Take Action (SUTA) on October 16-18, the National Week for Overcoming Poverty (NWOEP) on October 17-23, and the World Food Day on October 18.

All these activities are advocacies for development workers and their partners to gain deeper understanding of and take part in various activities in support of poverty alleviation and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Tentative line up of activities includes a ‘tiangge' (stall) at the capitol grounds, milk feeding, technology-demonstration on nature farming, urban vegetable gardening, and free rabies vaccination. (NEDA/CAP-TF) [top]

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