THE Philippines is finalizing the amendment to the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Law (PDRRM Law/RA 10121), a Philippine diplomat said.
Ambassador Cecilia B. Rebong, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, made this announcement as she highlighted the policy reforms and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) initiatives of the Philippines to strengthen resilience.
The Philippines, during the Geneva launch of the 2016 World Disasters Report, shared its perspective on how it is investing in building sustainable and resilient communities.
“For the Philippines, investing in resilience saves lives and money. However investing in and building resilience is also a collective effort that should be within and at all levels,” said Ambassador Rebong.
She mentioned that the public-private partnership complemented the Government’s coordinated, multi-stakeholder approach to building resilience and cited as an example the work of the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) in the Philippines that bring together leading companies to ensure that DRR is at the heart of investment strategies.
She said that discussions and consultations are in full swing in the Philippines to amend the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Law.
The sunset review of the PDRRM Law led to the incorporation of several features into an amendatory bill, including a strong focus on strengthening local government units and capacity building to create a more strengthened disaster risk reduction and management at the local level.
“We need to have a change of mind-set – from one that is reactive to one that is more proactive, more strategic and long-term,” concluded Rebong.