A plan which serves as the national guide on how sustainable development can be achieved through inclusive growth while building the adaptive capacities of communities; increasing the resilience of vulnerable sectors; and optimizing disaster mitigation opportunities with the end in view of promoting people’s welfare and security towards gender-responsive and rights-based sustainable development. It outlines the activities aimed at strengthening the capacity of the national government and the local government units (LGUs) together with partner stakeholders, to build the disaster resilience of communities and to institutionalize arrangements and measures for reducing disaster risks, including projected climate risks and enhancing disaster preparedness and response
capabilities at all levels.
The plan highlights, among others, the importance of mainstream disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) and climate change adaptation (CCA) in the development processes such as policy formulation, socioeconoimc development planning, budgeting and governance particularly in the area of environment, agriculture, water, energy, health, education, poverty reduction, land-use and urban planning and public infrastructure and housing among others. It also highlights the need for institutionalizing DRRM policies, structures, coordination mechanisms and programs with continuing budget appropriation on DRR from national down to local levels.
Finally, the plan adheres to the principles of good governance within the context of poverty alleviation and environmental protection. It is about partnerships and working together – engaging the participation of CSOs, the private sector and volunteers in the government’s DRRM programs towards compelementation of resources and effective delivery of services to the citizenry. It includes four distinct yet mutually reinforcing priority areas, namely, (a) disaster prevention and mitigation; (b) disaster preparedness; (c) disaster response; and (d) disaster recovery and Rehabilitation. Each priority area has its own long term goal, which when put together will lead to the attainment of the Philippines’ over goal/vision in DRRM.
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