Collaboration during disasters underscored

Published March 8, 2019, 5:52 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Freddie Lazaro

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – Ranking officials and convenors of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Man­agement (A-PAD) platforms stressed the significance of multi-sectoral col­laboration on disaster management during a recent symposium.

Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, administrator of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), joined delegates from A-PAD platforms in the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Bangla­desh, and Indonesia at the International Symposium on Strengthening Com­munity Resilience and Humanitarian Response Through Localized Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Platform in Manila last Feb. 28.

 Usec. Ricardo B. Jalad, Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense and Executive Director, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, gives his message of support during the International Symposium on Strengthening Com­munity Resilience and Humanitarian Response Through Localized Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Platform in Manila last Feb. 28. (Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Man­agement / MANILA BULLETIN)
Usec. Ricardo B. Jalad, Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense and Executive Director, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, gives his message of support during the International Symposium on Strengthening Com­munity Resilience and Humanitarian Response Through Localized Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Platform in Manila last Feb. 28.
(Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Man­agement / MANILA BULLETIN)

Jalad appreciated the initiative of A-APAD Philippines in spearheading the symposium. He credited the Philippine platforms for collaborating and coordi­nating with government agencies for a more efficient disaster management and humanitarian response.

“A-PAD Philippines platforms re­mind us that the government is not a sole responsible for disaster resilience in which the collaborative efforts from the private sectors, business sectors and also our partners from overseas are big help to achieve the disaster resilience from the national down to the grassroot level,” said Jalad.

Atsushi Kobayashi, the second secretary of the economic section of the Japanese embassy in the Philippines, assured his country’s continuing assistance to A-PAD plat­forms in the Philippines and other countries.

A-PAD founder Kensuke Onishi of Japan; and A-PAD officials: Rene Meily and Jazmin-Aguisanda Jerusalem of the Philippines platform; Faisal Djalal of Indonesia; Jangwoo Lee of South Korea; Hashim Mohammed Firzan Jaward of Sri Lanka; and Professor Quizi Quamruzzan of Bangladesh; discussed the successful collaborative humanitarian efforts during calamities in the presentations.

A-PAD Philippines’ partners com­mitted to contribute and collaborate with stakeholders for humanitarian response through localized DRRM plat­forms.

A-PAD Philippines has organized regional DRRM platforms in Ilocos, Bi­col, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Davao and Soccsksargen.

A-PAD Philippines is convened by the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), with support from the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It is a transnational disaster aid alliance that facilitates cooperation and understanding between govern­ments, private companies, and NGOs, in the Asia Pacific Region.

 
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