NEDA calls for review of Asean disaster response pact

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THE country’s top economic planning manager invited member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to revisit the Asean Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response to strengthen the points of collaboration among Asean member states.

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Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan also pushed for the integration of lessons learned from recent phenomena like Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon on record to make landfall, into country and regional strategies for disaster resilience.

Balisacan, who is also director general of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), made the call during his opening speech at the Asean Regional Assessment Workshop on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Achievement and Post-2015 Development Priorities, held on April 14 to 15, 2015 in Pasig City.

He said stronger collaboration in key areas will help Asean members to address factors that impede the achievement of the MDGs and the post-2015 development priorities.

“Given our respective resources and experiences, we are encouraged to make our discussions for strategic collaboration go beyond commerce and financial assistance.

The areas we may consider revisiting include regional disaster risk reduction and management [DRRM], social protection, technology access and transfer, data generation and management, and capacity building of local institutions,” he said.

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