Citing the displacement of 149,000 people because of recent typhoons Karen and Lawin, a mall owner urged a gathering of traders to tackle best practices to make businesses disaster-resilient.
Hans Sy, president of SM Prime Holdings Inc., made the call in his address before the Top Leaders Forum at the SMX Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
“There is still much to be done in terms of pre-disaster efforts. In the country’s rural areas, there is great need to build better housing projects, resilient infrastructure, and secure livelihood,” he said.
Sy, the only Filipino member of the private sector group Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (Arise) has for the past four years been spearheading the forum in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The initiative seeks to raise awareness on disaster risk and mobilization in the private sector, bring out expertise, share knowledge and experiences, and implement tangible projects and activities.