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3 international agencies link efforts vs disaster

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 09:27
The United World Food Programme (WFP), the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Plan International (Plan) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to link their programs to improve disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation (DRR/CCA) in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. 
In a forum dubbed Synergizing Efforts for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, representatives of WFP, CRS, and Plan met yesterday at the Pinnacle Hotel and Suites, Davao City, and agreed to each have its own respective level to focus on and coordinate closely to enhance disaster management abilities of local government units in these provinces.
Plan Country Director Carin van de Hor said the program requires a $10-million budget, $6 million of which they have raised so far. She called on concerned people to help them out by raising the $4 million more needed for the program.
WFP country director Praveen Agrawal said they would focus on working with local government at the provincial and municipal level in ComVal and DavOr, including youth outreach activities at the municipal and village level and will be implementing the project in Baganga, Boston, Cateel and 12 schools in Davao Oriental.
The activities these agencies will support include improving the capacity of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (DRRMC), which means they will assist LGUs in incorporating disaster risk reduction into their provincial, municipal and barangay development plans.
This will also include the creation of early warning systems, building vital infrastructure, enhancement of preparedness and raising awareness in communities and schools.
The agencies will also be providing modest emergency equipment, and implement small scale DRR projects designed to reduce vulnerabilities in ComVal and DavOr.
Plan Ambassador and celebrity, Boy Abunda, graced the forum saying that each citizen has the responsibility to help others.
“Now, we are our brother’s keepers,” the famous talk show host said, adding that people do not have to wait for catastrophes to happen before they take care of one another. EJF