By: Emily Roque-Sarmiento and Maria Rufina Salas
CCARPH Project Leader & Principal Investigator Dr. Emma Porio attended the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council-National Resilience Council (NDRRMC-NRC) Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting last January 15, 2020. Disaster Risk Reduction – Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA) Harmonization and Convergence was the discussion topic. The meeting, hosted by Atty. Tecson John S. Lim (Director, Policy Development and Planning Service of the Office of Civil Defense), Mr. Alexander Pama (Disaster Resilience Consultant of ARISE PH and NRC), and Ms Marilou G. Erni (NRC Executive Director), was attended by representatives from government agencies and private institutions.
Also discussed were the creation of a shared & integrated definition of ‘Resilience’ and a review of the DRRM-CCAM (Disaster Risk Reduction & Management – Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation) Cabinet Cluster Roadmap and policies. The meeting, hosted by Atty. Tecson John S. Lim (Director, Policy Development and Planning Service of the Office of Civil Defense), Mr. Alexander Pama (Disaster Resilience Consultant of ARISE PH and NRC), and Ms Marilou G. Erni (NRC Executive Director), was attended by representatives from government agencies and private institutions. Sessions in the meeting were also facilitated by Ms. Jessica Dator-Bercilla (Faculty at University of the Philippines – Visayas). Also present in the meeting were Ms. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga (NRC President), Ms. Maria Lourdes Suplido (NRC Senior Program Manager), Mr. Florenz Dean Cojuangco (NRC Program Manager), Ms. Emily Roque-Sarmiento (CCARPH Project Manager for Research), as well as Mr. Joemar Perez and Ms. Rachelle Anne Miranda, who are both from the Office of Civil Defense, and Ateneo de Manila’s MDRR Program (Class of 2020).
In a follow-up meeting on February 18, the group discussed the Resilience Matrix and the Draft NDRRM Plan for 2020 to 2030. They were also updated on the National Disaster Resilience Summit and Expo scheduled in the last quarter of this year.
In these discussions, CCARPH committed to provide inputs and raise the importance of a science-informed, evidence-based approach to disaster management and resilience.
The TWG is composed of several groups from national government agencies and civil society institutions. These are the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the National Security Council (NSC), the Climate Change Commission, University of the Philippines Institute of Resilience (UPRI), and NRC.
Both meetings were held at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.