1st PPP on dis­as­ter re­silience launched


The gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor joined forces for the first time yes­ter­day to ad­dress dis­as­ter man­age­ment in a bid to make the coun­try more re­silient to calami­ties and other emer­gen­cies.

The Na­tional Re­silience Coun­cil was launched dur­ing the Re­silient Cities/Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Lead­er­ship Pro­gram for Lo­cal Chief Ex­ec­u­tives at the SMX Con­ven­tion Cen­ter at SM Aura Pre­mier in Taguig City. Ma. An­to­nia Yulo-Loyzaga, NSC pres­i­dent, pointed out that this is the first pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship (PPP) for dis­as­ter re­silience.

The group is co-chaired by De­fense Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana rep­re­sent­ing the gov­ern­ment and Hans Sy, chair­man of the ex­ec­u­tive com- mi­tee of SM Prime Holdings Inc. from the pri­vate sec­tor.

The group is com­posed of other gov­ern­ment agen­cies such as the De­part­ment of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, De­part­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Na­tional Eco­nomic and De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity, De­part­ment of For­eign Af­fairs, De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment and De­part­ment of In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Tech­nol­ogy.

From the pri­vate sec­tor, its mem­bers in­clude Arise Philip­pines, Philip­pine Dis­as­ter Re­silience Foun­da­tion of Manny Pangili­nan and Jaime Au­gust Zo­bel de Ayala, Makati Busi­ness Club and Philip­pine Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try among oth­ers.

“This is the first time that the gov­ern­ment and big pri­vate busi­nesses are com­ing to­gether for dis­as­ter re­silience. Big busi­nesses like SM and the Zuel­lig Fam­ily Foun­da­tion are not only pri­or­i­tiz­ing busi­ness con­ti­nu­ity but ac­tu­ally giv­ing time, ef­fort and their ex­per­tise in help­ing com­mu­ni­ties cope with emer­gen­cies to save lives and pro­tect prop­er­ties,” Am­bas­sador Roberto Ro­mulo said.

Loyzaga said they de­cided to start their ini­tia­tive through part­ner­ships with lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tives be­cause they are the main im­ple­men­tors and re­spon­ders in times of emer­gen­cies.

This was shared by Sen. Loren Le­garda, who was guest speaker of the event, as she pro­posed some mea­sures to en­able cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties pre­pare for dis­as­ters.

“There should be in­creased in­vest­ment in dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness, con­duct and shar­ing of risk as­sess­ment, es­tab­lish­ment of multi-haz­ard early warn­ing sys­tem, pro­tec­tion of ecosys­tems and man­grove re­for­esta­tion among oth­ers,” Le­garda said.

Liza Si­le­rio, head of SM Cares’ pro­gram on en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity, said SM is hon­ored to be spear­head­ing ef­forts to pro­tect com­mu­ni­ties from dis­as­ters.

“Mr. Hans Sy is pas­sion­ate about dis­as­ter risk man­age­ment and this can be seen in the sus­tain­abil­ity pro­grams be­ing car­ried out in SM’s busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and his par­tic­i­pa­tion in Arise Philip­pines un­der the United Na­tions Of­fice for Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion (UNISDR). We will con­tinue to make sus­tain­abil­ity the cen­ter of our busi­ness for the fu­ture of the coun­try,” Si­le­rio said.

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