A-PAD-Philippines convenes regional partners

By On July 16, 2018

A-PAD-Philippines convenes regional partners

A-PAD-Philippines convenes regional partners

NAGA CITY, July 14 (PIA) â€"Emanating from a small group of various private and public partners, Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Preparedness (A-PAD) Philippines Metro Naga scaled up and convened regional key stakeholders to form the A-PAD Bicol Regional Platform.

In the simple yet historic A-PAD Bicol Regional Platform launch held Friday, July 13 at the Avenue Plaza Hotel here, City Mayor John G. Bongat welcomed the participants and expressed appreciation for this pioneering effort to converge various sectors to work towards one common vision of building a resilient community.

“My heartfelt gratitude to A-PAD and for its dynamic collaboration with the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI), Inc. that led to the creation of A-PAD Metro Naga. Before, governm ent works all by itself. Now, we need some convergence and A-PAD Bicol regional launching is one big step in the right direction,” Bongat added.

Bongat showcased the city’s commendable initiatives when it comes to raising the bar of disaster preparedness in the local level.

Naga City passed City Ordinance No. 20178-007 “institutionalizing a community-level disaster preparedness training program focusing on community first responders and basic life support training for representatives or families”, among others.

Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) President Rene “Butch” Meily commended these efforts and said that the city is really way ahead in terms of preparations as compared to other areas in some parts of the country.

Citizens Disaster Response Network (CDRN) Chairperson Jazmin A. Jerusalem also graced the occasion and shared her invaluable experiences in effectively responding to disasters based from her 30 years of experience in the field of humanitarian assistance.

"I am happy to participate in this special occasion since this regional platform is the first one of the six regional platforms to be launched by A-PAD Philippines.” -- Midori Yajima, A-PAD Program Coordinator, Foreign Ministry of Japan

Midori Yajima, current program coordinator of A-PAD based in Tokyo, Japan said that she is happy to be a part of this special occasion.

“A-PAD management project is here to facilitate the grant assistance project supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan. In behalf of A-PAD office, it is a great honor for me to join the launching of this event today, " Yajima added.

Business chambers coming from various provinces also graced the occasion, together with representatives coming from the academe, business sectors and disaster risk reduc tion and management offices.

Presidential Adviser for Bicol Affairs USEC Judge Marvel Clavecilla conveyed the government’s support to the said endeavor and said that A-PAD’s program is welcome under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte and thanked the Japanese government for their concern and continuing support to the government.

A-PAD Philippines National Coordinator Maricris A. Biñas commended all the stakeholders for being a part of this pioneering cross-sectoral and private sector led regional platform which will serve as an effective vehicle for coordination and collaboration towards community disaster resilience. (LSMacatangay-PIAV/Camarines Sur)

Source: Google News Philippines | Netizen 24 Philippines

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