NRC showcases resilience work at GP2019

The National Resilience Council (NRC) attended the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNDRR) 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019), where NRC had several opportunities to share its resilience work with representatives of member states, parliamentarians, local governments, UN bodies, intergovernmental organizations and other stakeholder groups.

Held from May 13 to 17 in Geneva, Switzerland, GP2019 was the last global session before achieving Target E of the Sendai Framework: Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020. UNDRR organizes the Global Platform every two years as a chance to evaluate programs and initiatives, share knowledge on and discuss the progress and trends in disaster risk reduction (DRR).

High Level Dialogue session during GP2019. Photo by UNDRR.

Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) International Board Member, SM Prime Executive Committee Chairman and NRC Co-Chair for Private Sector, Mr. Hans Sy, was a panelist in the May 14 session on “Building the resilience of MSMEs to climate and disaster risk” during Private Sector Day. It tackled the needs of MSMEs in relation to climate and disaster resilience building, as well as addressed the bigger picture of MSMEs supporting and investing in disaster resilience.

SM Prime Executive Committee Chaiman and NRC Co-Chair Hans Sy during the session entitled “Building the resilience of MSMEs to climate and disaster risk” during Private Sector Day.

Mr. Sy also spoke in the May 16 High Level Dialogue session on “Risk-Informed Public and Private Investments”. It was an opportunity to share best practices and explore approaches to coming up with good risk-informed and multi-dividend investments. During the session, Mr. Sy highlighted SM Prime’s investments to resilience and the work of NRC in reducing security risk by addressing informal settlement issues in Metro Manila.

Mr. Sy as a panelist at the High Level Dialogue session on risk-informed public and private investments. Photo by IISD/ENB | Angeles Estrada
Mr Sy during the High Level Dialogue. Photo by IISD/ENB | Angeles Estrada

NRC President Antonia Yulo Loyzaga, meanwhile, spoke in a session on “Contextualizing the Science and Technology Roadmap” at the Science and Policy Forum. The session aimed to encourage participants in adopting and contributing to the revised “Science and Technology Roadmap to support the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030”, a roadmap developed during the January 2016 Science and Technology Conference in Geneva.

NRC President Antonia Yulo Loyzaga served as a panelist for a session on “Contextualizing the Science and Technology Roadmap” at the Science and Policy Forum. Photo by IISD/ENB | Angeles Estrada

On the same day, Ms. Loyzaga participated as a panelist at an interactive discussion on “Mechanisms for Impact: Identifying Modalities towards Successful SEM” at the Stakeholder Forum. The session allowed participants to share and learn good practices from initiatives around the world with a multi-sectoral approach to disaster risk reduction and resilience. SEM, or the Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism, is a UNDRR initiative that aims to foster closer engagement among stakeholders in the implementation of the Sendai Framework, while also linking itself to other processes with similar mechanisms.

UNDRR’s first Synthesis and Analysis Report of the Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitments featuring NRC’s Resilient Local Government Systems Program.

On May 16, UNDRR unveiled its first Synthesis and Analysis Report of the Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitments (SFVC), a report which included NRC’s voluntary commitment (VC) entitled “Building Resilient Local Government Systems in the Philippines”. Prior to GP2019, UNDRR approved and published NRC’s Resilient Local Government Systems Program in the SFVC online platform, an initiative launched on December 2018 that aims to encourage all-of-society and multi-stakeholder engagement in implementing the Sendai Framework.

The report cited NRC as a good example for gathering organizations with varying expertise, resources and capacities—such as Ateneo de Manila University, Manila Observatory and Zuellig Family Foundation as implementing partners and Carlos P. Romulo Foundation, San Miguel Corporation and SM Prime as funding partners—to strengthen and implement its programs and initiatives.

NRC president chairs panels at disaster management congress

National Resilience Council (NRC) President Ms. Antonia Yulo Loyzaga joined the January 29-February 1, 2019 World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM) in Mumbai, India, where she presented during a plenary on “Response, Relief, Reconstruction, Recovery & Development” and chaired the sessions on “Agriculture, Livelihoods and Resilience” and “Disaster Resilient Cities”.

Ms. Antonia Yulo Loyzaga with two-term National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Member and Former Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Director General, Mr. K.M. Singh (center).

The 3-day event is an initiative of the Disaster Management Initiatives and Convergence Society (DMICS)—a civil society organization pursuing the integration of disaster management to government and public policy—which gathers experts from around the world to highlight the interaction among science, policy and practices. Through such interactions, the Congress aimed to develop a common understanding of risk, and to gain ground on risk reduction and resilience building.

NRC executive director presents scorecard at UNDRR events

Participants of the ISDR-Asia Partnership (IAP) Forum

National Resilience Council (NRC) Executive Director Ms. Malu Erni represented the organization at the ISDR-Asia Partnership (IAP) Forum and the Regional Consultative Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies, both held in Bangkok, Thailand.

.Ms. Malu Erni panels a discussion on localizing the Sendai Framework.

The 2018 IAP Forum, held from 11-12 December 2018, served as a platform to assess the implementation of the Sendai Framework and Asia Regional Plan. With the help of members from the UN, international, national, regional and intergovernmental organizations that work on disaster risk reduction, the event also paved the way to discuss better opportunities for pushing the DRR agenda. At the event, Ms. Erni paneled for a discussion on localizing the Sendai Framework.

Ms. Malu Erni with a graphic summary of NRC’s work courtesy of Pushpin Visual Solutions, a creative consultancy based in the Philippines.

The December 13-14 consultative workshop, meanwhile, gathered DRR practitioners to focus on attaining the Sendai Framework Target ‘E’ through development of national and local DRR Strategies. Given NRC’s work in the Philippines, Ms. Erni introduced the NRC Resilient Local Government Systems Scorecard and showcased its localized and contextualized approach to addressing disaster and climate resilience.