(Metro News) Makati tops national search for Best Local Disaster Council

October 17, 2011 11:21 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 17 — The Makati Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) topped the 2011 National Search for the country’s Gawad KALASAG (Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan) in the Highly Urbanized City category, keeping the title for two consecutive years now.

Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay congratulated the MDRRMC for its efforts in making Makati the best in disaster preparedness and mitigation. He said that the city government’s disaster resiliency program and management has four components –- mitigation, preparedness, response and rehabilitation.

“Rehabilitation may be the most difficult aspect since we cannot really know the actual impact of the worst disaster the city may experience. But with preparedness and mitigation, the impact of disaster and calamities can be dampened, and this is the thrust of my administration,” Binay said.

The mayor thanked the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for giving recognition to the initiatives of the city government in disaster resiliency.

Makati City has continually planned and implemented disaster resiliency programs and activities for the safety of its people and infrastructures. It was named as one of "East Asia’s Climate Resilient Cities" by the World Bank in 2008 for its environmental initiatives that address air, water and land pollution that degrade the environment. It was also named as “Role Model City” by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction on May 5, 2011 on UNISDRs campaign on making the cities resilient.

It currently spearheads the City-to-City Sharing Initiative for Disaster Risk Reduction under the World Bank-funded Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), also called the South-South Cooperation Programme.

Through the project, Makati and its partner cities Kathmandu (Nepal) and Quito (Ecuador) will share with each other their best practices on Disaster Risk Reduction Management, Risk-Sensitive Land Use Planning, Emergency Management System, and Knowledge Management.

The initiative aims for institutional strengthening of the DRR through knowledge dissemination, technical cooperation and resource sharing, and local level capacity building. The member cities will visit each other for a study and residency tours to gain in-depth knowledge of the practices of other cities.

Last May, the city government launched the Green Urban Design Center (GUDC) at the University of Makati to capacitate the barangays on the green agenda of the government. To date, 14 of the city’s 33 barangays have participated in GUDC workshops and have presented their own green designs for their respective communities.

Makati City had also been awarded as the Best Local Disaster Coordinating Council for Highly Urbanized City– National Level in 2006 and 2010. The city received a plaque of appreciation and cash reward for winning the national level last year. The cash incentive was used in disaster management programs and activities, barangay capacity building, as well as operations and trainings as required by the NDRRMC. (PNA)

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