In observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month this July, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) calls on all stakeholders to support government programs geared towards attaining disaster resilience.
Marked by the theme "Sama-samang Pagsulong tungo sa Katatagan sa Gitna ng Bagong Normal", this year’s NDRM observance focuses on strengthening disaster resilience in the country while adapting towards the “new normal” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Various NDRRMC member-agencies are expected to launch activities for the month-long celebration; albeit most will be done online due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
For its part, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) will launch the "Resilience Challenge 2020" which includes a Spoken Poetry competition and a video challenge on social media with the following themes: “What’s inside your Go-Bag?”, “Dress up your Personal Protective Gear/Equipment”, “Do your Duck, Cover, and Hold Technique”, and Show your COVID-19 Risk Mitigation measures”. The mechanics of these contests will be announced on the NDRRMC and Civil Defense PH facebook pages, along with other updates and important announcements.
OCD will also hold a town hall meeting to provide a platform for the continuous education of stakeholders on various civil defense and DRRM policies and to further increase public awareness on disaster resilience.
NDRRMC Executive Director and OCD Administrator Ricardo Jalad encourages every Filipino to embrace the advocacy of disaster resilience. “The government and its partners have various programs and initiatives in the areas of disaster prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, as well as recovery and rehabilitation, all of which will contribute towards increasing disaster resilience in the country. In our continuous implementation of these initiatives, we need every stakeholder’s participation and everyone’s support. Lahat tayo, sama-sama, every Filipino individual, family, and community should embrace the advocacy of disaster resilience as his own,” Jalad said.
Executive Order Number 29 signed on June 28, 2017 mandates the observance of NDRM "throughout the country through the conduct of activities relative to building of disaster resilience covering the four thematic areas: prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response and rehabilitation and recovery."
The NDRM observance reiterates the importance of understanding disaster risks, strengthening disaster risk governance, investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience, enhancing preparedness for effective response, and implementing “Build Back Better” in rehabilitation and recovery.