By Rey Anthony Chiu | 10:42 AM March 27, 2022

Inter-agency and multi sector representatives here signed the Statement of Commitment to a better integrated approach to disaster risk mitigation by “risk-aware” development planning, capital resource prioritization and inter-agency and muti-sectoral collaboration for a more resilient Bohol and rationalized rehabilitation and recovery.

Bohol Governor Arthur Yap, who led the signing of the Statement of Commitment, wrote “Resilience and Growth Begins with Action Now,” said the day-long summit should provide stakeholders a better understanding of hazards and risks, allow them to build back better, access other stakeholders and partners for fiscal and technical help and tap more donors for financing and leveraging towards disaster recovery.

The signing of Statement of Commitment highlights the Bohol Resiliency Summit, which was a collaborative project by the Provincial Government of Bohol, World Bank, the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) and the Holy Name University.

In the statement of commitment, Boholanos said they recognize that the most effective way to reduce the impact of disaster is investing in boosting communities’ resilience by enhancing the collective ability to prepare and plan to absorb and recover as well as adapt to adverse events.

On this, they said they would commit to adopt actions from reactive to more proactive approaches to disasters where communities can join-in, in enhancing resilience to reduce massive burdens and losses.

Boholanos also committed to use science-based public and private partnerships, hone LGU capacities with evidence-informed risk governance and launch more joint resiliency programs.

The Summit also came at a time when Bohol as well as Region 7 staggered to rise again at the wake of massive destruction brought by typhoon Odette.

Sitting on a high vulnerability perch with multiple natural hazards like earthquakes, storm surges, tsunamis, flooding, tropical cyclones, landslides and drought owing to its being an island, Bohol has been sprawled and crippled by major disasters, even counting only the last decade.

While getting hit by disasters one after another, Boholanos have also toughened their resiliency and guided by the government’s Build Back Better, still some things need to be integrated in the development planning.

The Summit, with a bank of experts in Hazards and risks like Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary Renato Solidum, geohazard mapping in Armando Malicse, Extreme Weather events and its future as delivered by the Office of the Civil Defense and mainstreaming climate science into development planning with Dr ma. Laurice Jamero, presented to Boholano stakeholders the hazards and risks as well as assessment and implementation planning.

The Summit also brought Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery Framework best practices with Dolores Molintas of the National Economic Development Authority, as well as Bohol’s Post Odette Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan, stakeholders see how communities can insulate themselves from the risks of disasters.

There was also an overview on the role of stakeholders in disaster recovery and strengthening private sector engagement by PDRF’s Rene Melly.

Atty Leslie Cordero, who used to be a presidential adviser and a bureaucrat, also talked about leveraging on Development Partner’s initiatives, while an NGO doing community level relief effort talked about opportunities for communities to seek help. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

By Bohol Island News

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