APAD launched: Disas­ter risk mgmt al­liance forged


A TRANSNA­TIONAL pri­vate-pub­lic al­liance for disas­ter risk man­age­ment and re­sponse has launched its re­gional plat­form in Cebu on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 11.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions, the busi­ness sec­tor, academe, me­dia and gov­ern­ment agen­cies forged an al­liance with the Asia Pa­cific Al­liance for Disas­ter Man­age­ment (APAD)-Philip­pines dur­ing the re­gional launch held at the Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter Day Saints in Lahug, Cebu City.

Cebu City Disas­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fice (CDRRMO) Chief Nagiel Baña­cia said the busi­ness sec­tor-led APAD would fill in the gaps that the gov­ern­ment re­spon­ders may lack es­pe­cially on lo­gis­tics.

“For us in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit, we have the re­spon­ders but when we come to the area, we may not have enough re­sources with us,” Baña­cia said.

He added that the lapses caused by te­dious pro­ce­dures in gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions for procur­ing the needs of the re­spon­ders dur­ing the disas­ter re­sponse may be com­ple­mented by the pri­vate part­ners in APAD.

At least 20 civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions, aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions, the me­dia, and busi­nesses headed by the Cebu Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (CCCI) took part in the launch­ing.

May Ybañez, CCCI ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said that be­ing a pri­vate-led or­ga­ni­za­tion, APAD re­sponses would not be held by bu­reau­cratic pro­cesses which would of­ten de­lay the de­liv­ery of re­sponses.

“While we re­spect each or­ga­ni­za­tion’s in­her­ent ca­pac­ity to re­spond dur­ing calami­ties, we are also com­mit­ted to look for ways to con­tribute and cre­ate a syn­ergy,” said Ybañez.

“Dur­ing the land­slide in Naga (City), APAD was al­ready there. The LGU’s fo­cus was on search, res­cue, and re­trieval op­er­a­tion so APAD looked into re­lief op­er­a­tions and psy­choso­cial ac­tiv­i­ties,” she added.

Provin­cial Disas­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Man­age­ment Of­fice (PDRRMO) Chief Bal­tazar Tri­bunalo, for his part, said that the launch­ing of APAD “is a plus fac­tor for the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit in achiev­ing a disas­ter re­silient com­mu­nity.”

“This is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of the Filipino spirit of bayani­han and even oth­ers who are not yet here may con­tribute in their in­di­vid­ual ca­pac­ity,” said Tri­bunalo.

Since APAD is a pri­vate-led or­ga­ni­za­tion, Ybañez said that their mis­sion would be sus­tained even if po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ships would change.

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