The Office of Civil Defense joins the world in the observance of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR) tomorrow, October 13, an event endorsed by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) as a means "to promote a global culture of disaster risk reduction."

The agency on Friday launched its public information campaign on IDDRR. Part of the campaign is a raffle game wherein the public is asked to answer the question “Paano mo matutulungan ang pamahalaan at pamayanan upang maging ligtas ang bayan mula sa sakuna?" and support the OCD’s social media campaign.

OCD also released various materials such as an IDDRR Facebook profile frame, Sendai Framework pamphlet, and photos of DRR efforts.

IDDRR 2020’s theme is focused on disaster risk governance. “This year’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is all about governance. You can measure good disaster risk governance in lives saved, reduced numbers of disaster-affected people and reduced economic losses. COVID-19 and the climate emergency are telling us that we need clear vision, plans and competent, empowered institutions acting on scientific evidence for the public good." UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction Mami Mizutori said in a UNDRR press release.

Representative Mizutori also stressed the significance of implementing good strategies in different areas for disaster risk reduction.

“Good national and local strategies for disaster risk reduction must be multi-sectoral linking policies in areas such as land use, building codes, public health, education, agriculture, environmental protection, energy, water resources, poverty reduction and climate change adaptation." she added.

NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, meanwhile, called for community participation in disaster risk reduction.

"The Office of Civil Defense and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council highly recognize this observance which calls for good disaster risk governance. Our commitment to advance policies and programs to reduce the numbers of disaster-affected people continues likewise our call for community engagement in these efforts." Usec. Jalad said.