MANILA Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was among the 2,500 participants in the three-day Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) that formally opened in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia last July 3.
Representatives of 50 countries and 1,500 organizations are expected to participate in the event, which was co-organized by the Mongolian government and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The AMCDRR aims to accelerate efforts in the Asian region to reduce and prevent disaster losses by implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which was endorsed by the UN General Assembly following the 2015 Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR).
We reiterate our collective commitment to the priorities of the Sendai Framework and its seven global targets, said Lorenzana, who was one of the speakers at the event.
He also shared that the Philippines faces natural and human-induced hazards and is exposed to evolving risks related to climate change.
Our primary goal remains to be the protection of lives and prevention of losses in productive assets and protection of our economy. It is our aspiration to ensure safer, disaster-resilient, and climate change-adaptive Filipino communities," he said.
Lorenzana said through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the Philippines exemplifies a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder national platform toward risk-sensitive development and innovative risk management.
Such a structure is replicated from the national level down to the regions, provinces, cities, municipalities, and barangays or villages, he added.
In line with Target E of the Sendai Framework, the Philippines is currently undertaking a review of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Law of 2010 and of the National DRR Plan to better align them with global development frameworks.
The country is also developing a national loss and damage registry that will collect, analyze, and disseminate information on disaster risks and losses with an appropriate level of disaggregation for gender, age, and disability.
The Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017 to 2022 includes DRR as part of the development strategies in various sectors, including infrastructure, agriculture, industries, services, health, and environment.
More than 300 DRR and climate change adaptation projects amounting to USD23 billion have been identified.
Our country commits to the use of science, technology, and innovations (STI) in understanding hazards and risks to societies, and in providing science-informed solutions to pervasive but predictable and manageable threats, Lorenzana said.
Moreover, we share to the global community our STI-based solutions as we build, in cooperation with the international community, a global hub of STI on DRR. In addition, we cascade DRR in various sectors and ensure DRR inclusion in our school curriculum, the defense chief said. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency