(Metro News) Makati to host water, flood management workshop

March 29, 2011 4:53 am 

MANILA, March 28 — The city government of Makati and international consultancy firm ARUP will host a workshop for the 17 cities and a municipality of Metro Manila which will re-examine the lessons learned from typhoon Ondoy and assess their preparedness in managing similar disasters

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay is encouraging the support and participation of the mayors, construction firms and consultants, and concerned groups and individuals in the event on March 30, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Session Hall, 22/F of the New Makati City Hall Building since experts have been predicting that the occurrence of the "big one" in Metro Manila as inevitable.

Themed “Resilient Metro Manila: Water strategies to address climate change in Metro Manila,” the workshop on Wednesday is modeled after the C40 UrbanLife Ho Chi Minh City Workshop that ARUP facilitated in May 2010.

Binay said the workshop will give Metro Manila mayors the chance to learn appropriate and viable management strategies for the metropolitan setting from environmental, engineering and infrastructural experts of ARUP, and urged his fellow mayors to participate.

“Recent catastrophic events underscore the urgency of a concerted and strategic effort among local governments, especially those in highly urbanized regions like Metro Manila, to build their individual and collective capability to mitigate the impact of disasters and increase their resiliency,” Binay said.

The mayor said neighboring localities should draw up a comprehensive disaster management plan that will integrate both localized and common risks they face, and contain practical measures that will effectively minimize damage to lives and property.

The invited participants to the workshop include the mayors and chief engineers of the other 16 Metro LGUs; the British Council; ambassadors and delegates from the US, New Zealand, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Vietnam, Japan, China, Denmark, Norway, India, Germany, Singapore, Thailand and South Africa; the European Union, UNDP, UNEP, Greenpeace SEA, and ADB.

Other key officials and executives from other government agencies and private stakeholders were also invited to attend the workshop.

ARUP Hong Kong and ARUP Manila are actively engaged in conducting worldwide workshops to assist cities in attaining resiliency amidst the successive flooding and earthquakes around the world. Attaining city resiliency is seen to dampen the impact of natural disasters through the application of technologically tested approaches.

ARUP is an international consultancy firm composed of engineers, planners, designers and technical specialists based in Hong Kong. (PNA) DCT/FFC/CLTC


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