U.N. EXEC LAUDS PH FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION INITIATIVES

The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in Asia that have made “striking paradigm shifts” in disaster risk reduction and management, according to the head of the Geneva-based United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). Margareta Wahlstrom, also UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special representative on disaster risk reduction, on Saturday reported that Manila is “developing more sophisticated methods of gauging the impact of typhoons following ‘Haiyan,’” also called Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” which devastated Eastern Visayas in November. “Even though Cyclone Haiyan claimed over 6,200 lives when it struck the Philippines, many more were spared because of early warnings and evacuations, particularly in the province of Cebu,” she said in a statement issued the day before the opening of the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangkok. Like the Philippines, Bangladesh “has one of the best cyclone preparedness programs today, having lost hundreds of thousands of lives in the past,” Wahlstrom pointed out. * Encouraging signs...READ MORE...

ALSO: 5.7 quake felt in Metro Manila, Luzon areas on Tuesday

JUNE 25 --Ground shaking was felt in various parts of Metro Manila and neighboring provinces Wednesday night. The magnitude-5.7 quake was recorded 22 kilometers southwest of Calatagan, Batangas at 7:52 p.m. Friday, the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in an advisory. Aftershocks are expected, Phivolcs noted. The quake was felt at Intensity 4 in Malolos, Bulacan; Tagaytay City; Mabini, Batangas; Indang and Rosario in Cavite; Naujan, San Teodoro, Pola and Socorro areas in Oriental Mindoro. It was felt at Intensity 3 in Quezon City; Pasig City; Taguig City; Manila City; Paranaque City; Bacoor, Cavite; Baco, Oriental Mindoro; San Jose, Occ. Mindoro; Talisay, Batangas and in Taal Volcano Island. Binangonan, Rizal; Lucban, Quezon; Makati City. Intensity 2 was recorded in San Pedro, Laguna, and Intensity 1 in Caloocan City. The United States Geological Survey measured the tremor at magnitude 5.6 and traced the epicenter 14 kilometers north-northwest of Wawa, Mindoro. It struck at a depth of 76.74 kilometers. Social media posts report tremors experienced in Quezon City, Valenzuela, Makati, Taguig and Mandaluyong around 7:50 in the evening. Batangas, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna and Zambales areas were also affected by the quake.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Philippine Laws Related to Disaster Risk Reduction

Community drills organized by FORGE (Fellowship for Organizing Endeavors Inc.) help raise awareness on contingency plans developed by the local government units and informal settlers in Cebu City. Republic Act 10121 also known as “An Act Strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System, Providing for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan, Appropriating Funds, Therefore and Other Purposes” was passed and approved on May 27, 2010 after 21 years of revisions and refiling in the two legislative bodies. This new law, unlike the previous Presidential Decree P.D. 1566, is pro-active in giving importance to disaster mitigation and preparedness measures. One of the law’s salient points is the immediate release of calamity funds to local government units (LGUs) so they can prepare for disaster mitigation and preparedness. This is a welcome provision because local government units can utilize 70 percent of the total calamity fund to risk-reduction measures and 30 percent to quick response activities. In the old law, the LGU can only use the calamity fund for quick response activities. Section 2 of the RA 10121 states that the state shall “develop, promote, and implement a comprehensive National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (NDRRMP) that aims to strengthen the capacity of the national government and the LGUs, together with partner stakeholders, to build the disaster resilience of communities, and to institutionalize arrangements and measures for reducing disaster risks, including projected climate risks, and enhancing disaster preparedness and response capabilities at all levels. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Climate Change Act

An environmental crusader for two decades now, Senator Loren Legarda authored the Climate Change Act of 2009 (Republic Act No. 9729), which created the Climate Change Commission and cosponsored the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (RA 10121)..The Climate Change Act of 2009 is also known as Republic Act Number 9729 or the “Act Mainstreaming Climate Change into Government Policy Formulations and Creating the Climate Change Commission, highlights the synergistic action needed in dealing with the climate crisis and in reducing the risk of disasters associated with global climate change”. In totality the Climate Change Act recognizes the constitutional right of the people to a clean ecology. It also adopts the framework on sustainable development which is the Philippine Agenda 21 framework. The law abides on the principle of common but differentiated responsibility of all people to address climate change. It also abides on the precautionary principle that dictates to bear on the side of caution without enough scientific evidence. The law takes its cue from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change objective of stabilizing greenhouse gasses and the “adaptation” of natural and human systems. Lastly it is worthwhile to note that the Hyogo Framework for Action was made part of the declaration of principles in this law. Throughout the law, the mandate is to address the vulnerability of local communities especially the most vulnerable sectors (poor, women, children) and adopts a gender sensitive, pro-children and pro-poor perspective. The law emphasizes the participation of all stakeholders including the government, local government units, non-government organizations, local communities, and others in responding to the adverse impacts of climate change. The state also recognizes that climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR) are closely inter-related and seeks to integrate DRR into climate change programs and initiatives. READ MORE...


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UN exec lauds PH for disaster risk reduction initiatives


INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA
, JUNE 30, 2014 (INQUIRER) By Jerry E. Esplanada - The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in Asia that have made “striking paradigm shifts” in disaster risk reduction and management, according to the head of the Geneva-based United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

Margareta Wahlstrom, also UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special representative on disaster risk reduction, on Saturday reported that Manila is “developing more sophisticated methods of gauging the impact of typhoons following ‘Haiyan,’” also called Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” which devastated Eastern Visayas in November.

“Even though Cyclone Haiyan claimed over 6,200 lives when it struck the Philippines, many more were spared because of early warnings and evacuations, particularly in the province of Cebu,” she said in a statement issued the day before the opening of the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangkok.

Like the Philippines, Bangladesh “has one of the best cyclone preparedness programs today, having lost hundreds of thousands of lives in the past,” Wahlstrom pointed out.

* Encouraging signs

Indonesia, for its part, “has made disaster risk reduction a pillar of its national development policy,” she said.

“A similar revolution needs to take place in managing disaster risks across public and private sectors in the region in order to stop the hemorrhaging of assets and wealth caused by disasters,” she emphasized.

According to the UNISDR chief, “there are encouraging signs that the business community across Asia is alert to the issue.”

“Just last week in Manila, one of the region’s most respected land developers, Hans Sy, said: ‘We need to bridge the gap in understanding and convince business owners of the need to move beyond basic continuity planning and to consider the opportunity to create value in markets with products that address disaster risks and the important role of public-private sector partnership in disaster recovery,’” she said.

Wahlstrom reported “reducing economic losses will be a significant part of the great debate which we expect to have in Bangkok next week.”

“The ripples from that debate will be felt beyond the recommendations for a new framework for disaster risk reduction across the whole post-2015 development agenda, which includes new sustainable development goals and a universally accepted agreement on climate change,” she said.

New global agreement

Some 2,500 delegates from more than 39 countries in Asia-Pacific will be tasked to “shape future efforts to build more resilient communities and nations” during the UNISDR conference in Bangkok next week.

“The outcome of the meeting will have long-term significance for the world at large as the recommendations will feed into a new global agreement on disaster risk reduction, which will replace the current Hyogo Framework for Action which was adopted in 2005 by all UN member-states following the Indian Ocean tsunami,” said Wahlstrom.

The UNISDR head asserted “when Asia speaks on disaster risk management, the rest of the world listens. The region suffers more than 80 percent of the world’s disaster events.”

“Nine of the world’s 10 most significant natural disasters by fatalities last year occurred in the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Japan and China. Some 14,500 lives were lost in tropical cyclones, floods, heat waves, and earthquakes,” she said.

According to Wahlstrom, “reported economic losses totaling $50 billion accrued in China, the Philippines, Indonesia, India and Pakistan last year. And the overwhelming majority of the 95 million people whose lives were disrupted by disasters worldwide last year live in the region.”

“It could have been a lot worse. Untold thousands of lives are being saved every year, particularly in weather-related disasters as early warning systems, better disaster preparedness and more efficient response systems are now in place across much of the region,” she added.

FROM PHILSTAR

5.7 quake felt in Metro Manila, Luzon areas (philstar.com) | Updated June 25, 2014 - 8:00pm


Quake recorded by USGS with epicenter near Wawa, Mindoro.

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - Ground shaking was felt in various parts of Metro Manila and neighboring provinces Wednesday night. The magnitude-5.7 quake was recorded 22 kilometers southwest of Calatagan, Batangas at 7:52 p.m. Friday, the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in an advisory.

Aftershocks are expected, Phivolcs noted.

The quake was felt at Intensity 4 in Malolos, Bulacan; Tagaytay City; Mabini, Batangas; Indang and Rosario in Cavite; Naujan, San Teodoro, Pola and Socorro areas in Oriental Mindoro.

It was felt at Intensity 3 in Quezon City; Pasig City; Taguig City; Manila City; Paranaque City; Bacoor, Cavite; Baco, Oriental Mindoro; San Jose, Occ. Mindoro; Talisay, Batangas and in Taal Volcano Island.

Binangonan, Rizal; Lucban, Quezon; Makati City.

Intensity 2 was recorded in San Pedro, Laguna, and Intensity 1 in Caloocan City.

The United States Geological Survey measured the tremor at magnitude 5.6 and traced the epicenter 14 kilometers north-northwest of Wawa, Mindoro. It struck at a depth of 76.74 kilometers.

Social media posts report tremors experienced in Quezon City, Valenzuela, Makati, Taguig and Mandaluyong around 7:50 in the evening.

Batangas, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna and Zambales areas were also affected by the quake.

Philippine Laws Related to Disaster Risk Reduction

The Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act
(The Philippine Disaster Act of 2010)

Republic Act 10121 also known as “An Act Strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System, Providing for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan, Appropriating Funds, Therefore and Other Purposes” was passed and approved on May 27, 2010 after 21 years of revisions and refiling in the two legislative bodies. This new law, unlike the previous Presidential Decree P.D. 1566, is pro-active in giving importance to disaster mitigation and preparedness measures.

One of the law’s salient points is the immediate release of calamity funds to local government units (LGUs) so they can prepare for disaster mitigation and preparedness. This is a welcome provision because local government units can utilize 70 percent of the total calamity fund to risk-reduction measures and 30 percent to quick response activities. In the old law, the LGU can only use the calamity fund for quick response activities.

Section 2 of the RA 10121 states that the state shall “develop, promote, and implement a comprehensive National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (NDRRMP) that aims to strengthen the capacity of the national government and the LGUs, together with partner stakeholders, to build the disaster resilience of communities, and to institutionalize arrangements and measures for reducing disaster risks, including projected climate risks, and enhancing disaster preparedness and response capabilities at all levels.


Community drills organized by FORGE (Fellowship for Organizing Endeavors Inc.) help raise awareness on contingency plans developed by the local government units and informal settlers in Cebu City.

* The PDRRM Act focuses on disaster prevention and risk reduction by putting more emphasis on strengthening the communities’ and people’s capacity to anticipate, cope with and recover from disasters, as an integral part of development programs. It adopts and adheres to principles and strategies consistent with the international standards set by the HFA which is a comprehensive, action-oriented response to international concern about the growing impacts of disasters on individuals, communities, and national development.

Declaration of Policy

The PDRRM Act transforms the National Disaster Coordinating Council into the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The Council shall oversee the Philippine disaster management system. At the local level, the existing provincial, regional, city, municipal, and barangay disaster coordinating councils will be reorganized into provincial (PDRRMC), city (CDRRMC), and municipal (MDRRC) disaster risk reduction and management councils. Multi-sectoral and multi-agency in composition, it will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plans (LDRRMP).

For more information, visit http://www.ndrrmc.gov.ph/

The Climate Change Act of 2009


An environmental crusader for two decades now, Senator Loren Legarda authored the Climate Change Act of 2009 (Republic Act No. 9729), which created the Climate Change Commission and cosponsored the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (RA 10121).. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Climate Change Act of 2009 is also known as Republic Act Number 9729 or the “Act Mainstreaming Climate Change into Government Policy Formulations and Creating the Climate Change Commission, highlights the synergistic action needed in dealing with the climate crisis and in reducing the risk of disasters associated with global climate change”.

In totality the Climate Change Act recognizes the constitutional right of the people to a clean ecology.

It also adopts the framework on sustainable development which is the Philippine Agenda 21 framework. The law abides on the principle of common but differentiated responsibility of all people to address climate change. It also abides on the precautionary principle that dictates to bear on the side of caution without enough scientific evidence.

The law takes its cue from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change objective of stabilizing greenhouse gasses and the “adaptation” of natural and human systems. Lastly it is worthwhile to note that the Hyogo Framework for Action was made part of the declaration of principles in this law. Throughout the law, the mandate is to address the vulnerability of local communities especially the most vulnerable sectors (poor, women, children) and adopts a gender sensitive, pro-children and pro-poor perspective.

The law emphasizes the participation of all stakeholders including the government, local government units, non-government organizations, local communities, and others in responding to the adverse impacts of climate change. The state also recognizes that climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR) are closely inter-related and seeks to integrate DRR into climate change programs and initiatives.

The Climate Change Commission, which is attached to the Office of the President, is an independent and autonomous agency with the same status as that of a national government. It is the lead policy-making body of the government tasked to coordinate, monitor, and evaluate the programs and action plans of the government relating to climate change, and shall have the following tasks:

It has formulated the National Framework Strategy on Climate Change (NFSCC), National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), and guidelines for Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP).

For more information, visit http://climate.gov.ph/

The People’s Survival Fund Act


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Republic Act No. 10174 or the People’s Survival Fund Act is otherwise known as “An Act Establishing the People’s Survival Fund to provide long-term finance streams to enable the government to effectively address the problem of Climate Change, Amending for the purpose Republic Act. No. 9729, otherwise known as the Climate Change Act of 2009.”

The People’s Survival Fund Law amended the Climate Change Act of 2009 by establishing the People’s Survival Fund with an initial P1 billion per year. There will be a People’s Survival Fund board composed of nine members chaired by the Secretary of Finance to provide policy and strategic guidance in the management and the use of the survival fund itself.

The enactment of amendments to the Climate Change Act of 2009, primarily the creation of the People’s Survival Fund (PSF), strengthens the three-year-old law by helping achieve its objectives through the provision of funds to local governments and communities for their climate change adaptation programs. The law provides that the PSF is a special fund in the National Treasury—in the amount of one billion pesos that will be appropriated annually under the General Appropriations Act–for the financing of adaptation programs and projects based on the National Strategic Framework on Climate Change. The fund may also be augmented by donations, endowments, grants and contributions.

FROM WIKIPEDIA

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council/Pambansang Tanggapan para sa Pagtugon ng Sakuna

Agency overview

Formed
NDRRMC established February 2010

Preceding Agency
NDCC established October 19, 1970

Jurisdiction
Strategic Emergency Management

Headquarters
Camp Aguinaldo, EDSA cor. Boni Serrano, Quezon City, Philippines

Agency executive
Under Secretary Alexander P. Pama, Executive Director (acting)

Parent agency
Department of National Defense

Website
www.ndrrmc.gov.ph

The National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC), formerly known as the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), is a working group of various government, non-government, civil sector and private sector organizations of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines established by Republic Act 10121 of 2009. It is administered by the Office of Civil Defense under the Department of National Defense. The Council is responsible for ensuring the protection and welfare of the people during disasters or emergencies.

The Council utilizes the UN Cluster Approach in disaster management. It is the country's focal for the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) and many other related international commitments.

Council Membership

In February 2010, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) was renamed, reorganized, and subsequently expanded. The following heads of agencies compose the NDRRMC:

Chairperson - Secretary of Department of National Defense - Voltaire Gazmin
Vice Chairperson for Disaster Preparedness - Secretary of Interior and Local Government - Mar Roxas
Vice Chairperson for Disaster Response - Secretary of Department of Social Welfare and Development - Dinky Soliman
Vice Chairperson for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation - Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology
Vice Chairperson for Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery - Director-General of the National Economic Development Authority

Members: Secretary of the Department of Health
Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Secretary of the Department of Agriculture
Secretary of the Department of Education
Secretary of the Department of Energy
Secretary of the Department of Finance
Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry
Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communication
Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management
Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways
Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs
Secretary of the Department of Justice
Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment
Secretary of the Department of Tourism

The Executive Secretary;
Secretary of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
Chairman, Commission on Higher Education
Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines
Chief, Philippine National Police
The Press Secretary
Secretary-General of the Philippine Red Cross
Commissioner of the National Anti-Poverty Commission - Victims of Disasters and Calamities Sector
Chairperson, National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women
Chairman, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council
Executive-Director of the Climate Change Office of the Climate Change Commission
President, Government Service Insurance System
President, Social Security System

President, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation;
President of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines
President of the League of Provinces in the Philippines
President of the League of Municipalities in the Philippines
President of the League of Cities in the Philippines
President of the Liga ng Mga Barangay
Four representatives from the Civil Sector Organizations
One representative from the Private Sector
Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense

Typhoon Haiyan

The NDRRMC was in charge of gathering and reporting data in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. On November 15, the council reported 5,632 deaths, 1,140 people missing and 12,166 injured.

Local DRRM Offices

Thru the implementation of Republic Act 10121, various local governments throughout the country have established Local DRRM Offices at the regional, provincial, municipal, city and barangay levels. As functional arms of the local governments, these Offices are responsible for the implementation of the disaster management cycle at the local levels.

Local Offices usually have a Chief DRRM Officer supported by Administrative and Training, Research and Planning, Operations and Warning Officers. Some of these Offices have advanced to organizing their own search and rescue and emergency medical services squads and command-control-and-communications centers.

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