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LGU, partners launch “Resilient Ormoc Initiative”

THE CITY government together with its stakeholders from the private sector, business sector, and the academe pledged com-mitment for a more resilient Ormoc by launching its disaster resilience initiative on Thursday, March 22.The signing of the pledge of commitment among stakeholders was jointly done with the National Resilience Council (NRC), the first public-private partnership for disaster resilience in the country recently formed in 2017.

By DaiLyn caBarSe & JoSePH PiLaPiLOrmoc is one of the partner cities of the council, alongside the cities of Bataan, Naga, Iriga, Cagayan de Oro, Ilo-ilo Valenzu-ela, and Zamboanga. “The NRC would like to help Ormoc City develop its own ca-pacity to become resilient from the inside. The partnership modalities that we are looking for will not come from us–they will come from you,” NRC president, Ma. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga told the stakeholders. She added that becoming resilient to disasters is not only the job of the planning, or the disaster management office, but “our job together”.

She added that, “It is us who will learn from Ormoc. The National Resilience Council was organized as a public-private partnership with different national government departments and different private corporations, understanding that we cannot do and fight this alone. We need to be able to work together, both the private and public sector, as well as the NGO and the academe, in order to address the complexity of the disasters that are occurring in our country. The National Resilience Council would like to help Ormoc City develop its own capacity to become resilient.”

However, she emphasized that the partnership modalities that they are looking for will not come from them but from the OCRC itself. “We will not give you a tool or ask you to do this and that and then the magic will happen. We are talking about a negotiated process using scientific tools, using different partnership modalities and definitely using different disciplines. Hindi lang ito job ng CDRRMO, it’s our job together as pillars.”

Mayor Richard Gomez thanked the NRC for helping the city better prepare for disasters by coming up with measures and strategies for the disaster resilience initiative.

A resource team from the NRC, fellows from the Manila Observatory, and DILG Local Government Academy facilitated the f irst stakeholders’ meeting which highlighted the review and validation of the resilience scorecard with respect to the four resilience pillars represented by both government offices and the private sector: human development, local economy, infrastructure, and environment.

The scorecard serves as the indicator of the level of readiness or resiliency of each pillar for them to further improve or maintain.

The stakeholders’ meeting also gave the leaders a clearer and more specific understanding of a [disaster] ‘risk’ as a function of hazard, exposure, and vulnerability, to enhance the local DRRM (disaster risk reduction and management) plan of the Ormoc City.

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