Palace backs campaign on disaster awareness

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Malacañang said it supports a United Nations initiative raising awareness on disasters to make vulnerable communities much safer.

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction head Margareta Wahlström urged disaster-prone countries like the Philippines to make “disaster risk reduction” a household word.

In a radio interview on Sunday, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma said such an initiative is already being done by the Aquino administration.

Disaster risk reduction has been the priority of the Aquino government and has incorporated it in the pillars of its Philippine Development Plan.

“Kaya nga po hanggang sa pinakamataas na antas ng pamamahala, mayroon po tayong climate change Cabinet cluster na binubuklod lahat ng mga ahensya na mayroong responsibilidad para harapin ‘yung mga hamon ng climate change mitigation and adaptation (That is why we have a climate change Cabinet cluster that is composed of all concerned agencies),” Coloma said.

Among the government agencies involved in the initiative include the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Climate Change Commission.

The president heads the Climate Change Commission.

“We were able to come up with a strategy that addresses climate change and this is where our disaster risk reduction program was based,” Coloma explained.

The government has also implemented the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, he said, noting that the Aquino government is the first administration to implement such law.

PNA

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