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More DRR workshops for a more disaster resilient Philippines- Legarda
By Lucia F. Broño
posted 29-Dec-2012  ·  
More disaster risk reduction (DRR) workshops are being planned this coming year to reach not only cities but also provinces and barangays for a more disaster resilient Philippines, a statement from Senator Loren Legarda said.

Legarda, environmental legislator and United Nation’s (UN) Regional Champion for disaster risk reduction (DRR ) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) for Asia – Pacific said she aims to conduct more DRR workshops in 2013 to reach not only cities but even the provinces and barangays.

“We want to engage all key sectors in order to foster cooperation, and to promote greater risk awareness in the communities. That is why, along with our DRR workshops, we will distribute geo-hazard maps in all cities and municipalities in the country to aid local leaders in their disaster risk reduction and management efforts,” she explained.

Legarda cited this year’s passage into law of Republic Act No. 10174, the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) Law, which will make resources more accessible to those who combat the effects of climate change, especially at the grassroots level.

“The PSF Law, which strengthens the Climate Change Act of 2009, will bring into fruition climate change strategies, plans, and programs within the context of local community-based realities,” she said.

“As we approach 2013, we hope to instill in the mind of every leader and citizen the wisdom to make our nation disaster-resilient. To free us, once and for all, from the exhausting and costly cycle of rebuilding our communities every single time nature unleashes its wrath. We aim to have more workshops in 2013 for sharing of best practices among LGUs, while providing information about the PSF, to build up resilience to natural hazards,” Legarda said.

She said that several workshops on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction have been conducted in 2012.

“We have brought DRR and CCA workshops to the various regions aiming to increase local understanding of natural hazards and climate change and their impact, as well as integrate these into local development planning,” she said.

Legarda, in partnership with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), spearheaded the Regional Forum on Effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in the Greater Metro Manila Area.

In collaboration with the Local Government Academy (LGA) and Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), she led workshops that covered local government units within the Pampanga, Bicol, Cagayan de Oro, and Agusan river basins, and Zamboanga Peninsula.

Legarda was recently hailed by UN for her unwavering efforts on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. (RJB/LFB/PIA-NCR)
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I like what our senator is trying to achieve here. I hope seryosohin natin ito dahil nakita naman na natin yung effects pag hindi tayo naghahanda.
by Mary Grace García  ·   1-Jan-2013  ·  
Magandang idea ito para malamn po ng mga kababayan natin kung ano gagawin pag umatake ang mga disasters. I hope matuloy ito dahil malaking maitutulong nito sa ating lahat
by Maricel Reyes  ·   31-Dec-2012  ·  
I guess we need more of these nga to raise awareness of our people na din. Thank you ma'm Loren sa efforts niyo.
by Rebecca Tala  ·   31-Dec-2012  ·  
We need that workshop! good thing we have Loren Legarda who takes care of this matter! thanks Loren and happy new year! :)
by Justin Babar  ·   31-Dec-2012  ·  
Tama, kailangan talaga natin nyan,mabuti na lang at nanjan si senator legarda! Maligayang bagong taon!
by John Lloyd Umali  ·   31-Dec-2012  ·  
Loren is right! i agree with her and i wanna thank her for taking care of us! happy new year!
by Janice Limpot  ·   31-Dec-2012  ·  
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