Iloilo City to share strategies, resilience best practices

Photo by National Resilience Council

ILOILO City will be sharing strategies and successful best practices in the National Resilience Council (NRC) 2020 Colloquium online to be keynoted by United Nations (UN) Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) top executives on October 30.

Mayor Jerry TreƱas will discuss developments the metropolis is taking on its way toward resilience.

Iloilo is among the pilot cities along with Cagayan de Oro, Iriga, Muntinlupa, Naga, Ormoc, and Zamboanga and Bataan province to highlight their initiatives.

"It will be an opportunity for local chief executives and their respective local Resilience Councils to report on their accomplishments and milestones relative to resilience-building and share a narrative of their personal leadership journeys," NRC stated.

Themed "Pathways and Milestones in Building Local Resilience," UN Secretary-General for DRR Special Representative and UN Office for DRR head Mami Mizutori and UN Science Technology Advisory Group (Stag) for DRR and UN Asia-Pacific Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group Chairman Dr. Rajib Shaw will be delivering the keynote messages.

UNDRR Regional Office for Asia Pacific OIC and Deputy Chief Dr. Animesh Kumar, Zuellig Family Foundation Chairperson and President Prof. Ernesto Garilao, and Bank of the Philippine Islands Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Jocson will be serving as reactors.

The event marks the transition of NRC's local government partners from the program's Year 1 "Prepare" to Year 2 "Adapt" phases.

NRC engages local government units in the Philippines in making climate and disaster resilience their priority.

The works focused on building dynamic multi-stakeholder collaboration through the following: development of science and technology-based solutions that reduce disaster risk, enhancing internal capacities of local governments to lead through evidence-informed risk governance, and strengthening and sustaining high-level collaboration between government and industry.

One of the ways by which these are achieved is through NRC's flagship "Resilient Local Government Units Program," which aims to bridge critical gaps between science, policy, and practice.

This three-year two-track "Leadership and Governance and Science and Technology" program, which was cited as one of Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitments' good practices, highlights the "Prepare, Adapt, and Transform" phases of resilience-building through trans-disciplinary knowledge development and co-ownership and co-creation of contextualized solutions to resilience challenges.

NRC is a science and technology-based public-private partnership that supports government, communities, academe, and private sector in advancing intersecting goals of Sendai Framework for DRR, Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Climate Agreement, New Urban Agenda, and UNDRR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign. (PR)


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