In observance of July as National Disaster Consciousness Month in the country, the Humanitarian Leadership Academy Philippines supported a national and a regional event to help increase awareness on local initiatives.
We were at the #ZeroCasualty Agos Summit!
More than 1000 disaster management experts, responders, policy makers, and volunteers gathered to learn from good practices that mitigated risks or achieved zero casualty at the first Agos Summit on Disaster Preparedness. Organised by Rappler’s civic engagement arm MOVE PH, the summit was held on July 7-8 at SM Aura mall in Taguig, Manila.
Among others, the summit tackled how we can prepare for the “Big One”, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that could devastate Metro Manila and the upcoming 2017 Metro Manila Shake Drill, scheduled on July 15 to 17.
Philippines Centre Director Joyce Pilapil presented the work of the Academy, highlighting local initiatives undertaken through partnerships with civil society organisations, local government units and public and private sectors for better access to humanitarian learning in the country.
Speakers included leaders of the agencies involved in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction such as Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Senator Loren Legarda, disaster risk reduction champion and Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda, Philippine Red Cross Chair Richard Gordon, Mon Santiago of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and representatives of LGUs, CSOs and INGOs such as OXFAM, Save the Children and the Academy.
We also set up a booth to facilitate online registration on our learning platform Kaya at the Xchange Fair right outside the summit hall. Almost 200 users registered on Kaya during the two days. Other projects and products showcased at the Xchange fair were those that can be used during emergencies such as go-bags, and environment-friendly products like solar lamps.
We were at the DEPP Asia Regional Learning Conference!
Why is localisation an issue? The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) Asia Regional Learning Conference held on July 18 and 19 provided the space for sharing of learning and experiences around this issue with about a hundred participants from Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, Bangladesh, Kenya, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Pakistan: countries most at risk of natural and conflict-related emergencies.
While coordination mechanism, social accountability, culture, practices, local processes, fundraising mechanisms, access to funding and resources are among the challenges to localization, there are promising initiatives that demonstrate that localisation is possible.