Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Initiatives Cited in Global Forum

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Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Initiatives Cited in Global Forum


MANILA, Philippines - Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman said the international community has recognized Philippine disaster management initiatives during the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Geneva, Switzerland.Speaking during the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, with a theme "Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow. Increase Investment in Local Action," Soliman shared how the Philippine government committed to develop policies and programs for disaster risk reduction.Soliman noted that as signatory to the Hyogo Framework for Action, which is the global blueprint and policy for disaster risk reduction, "the Philippines affirms its commitment to disaster risk reduction by continuing to build resilience in individuals, families, communities and institutions and ensuring that we can build back better from disasters."She said that with the passage of Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, "the authority and responsibilities for implementing disaster risk reduction measures are decentralizedto local governments since vulnerability and risk reduction are more effectively done at the local level. …

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