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EMI and Makati City to hold a discussion forum on Philippine DRRM Act

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EMI, in partnership with the City of Makati, will hold a Megacities Forum on Building Urban Resilience: Philippines Republic Act No. 10121 (Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010) Achievements, Challenges and Progress in Local Implementation on July 11, 2014 at the 22nd Floor, Makati City Session Hall, Philippines. The forum will proceed after the launching of EMI's Institute for Urban Resilience. 

The Megacities Forum will provide an opportunity to discuss, assess, and review the local implementation of RA10121 from different perspectives (i.e. LGUs, national government, international organizations, academe and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) functions. The resulting scores will serve as a proxy to identify accomplishments and challenges in the implementation of RA10121. The Forum will also initiate dialog among all stakeholders to provide learning and sharing opportunities in the local implementation; and promote and disseminate sound practices, initiatives and investments in urban disaster risk reduction.


For further inquiries, you may email Mr. Jesus Dominic Dizon at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call (632) 927 9643 or (632) 433 4074. 

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BUERP Phase 2 third field investigation on June 17-21

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The field investigation will convene meetings with Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakhaya (RAJUK), Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD), Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MoLGRD), TITAS Gas, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Company (DWASA), Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), and Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) for the operationalization of Geospatial Open Data Sharing Platform (GEODASH), which is Objective 3 of BUERP Phase 2.

Objective 3 will operationalize the GEODASH Platform as a tool for sustained risk management. The tasks for this objective are to establish the institutional protocols and processes to operationalize GEODASH that was conceived in Phase One; to operationalize an initial centralized GEODASH; and to perform training to ensure that GEODASH is operational among various institutions and organizations. GEODASH Platform is one of the deliverables for the project and is expected to be completed on April 2015.

The third field investigation will also conduct a Local Workshop on identification of Results Framework and Monitoring with RAJUK and other key agencies.

The EMI mission members are Dr. Bijan Khazai and Mr. Leigh Lingad, who will be working with local investigators, namely, Dr. Ahmadul Hassan, Dr. Mehedi Ansary, Mr. Mohammad Mesbahuddin, Dr. Ishrat Islam, Dr. Raquib Ahsan, Mr. Zikrul  Hasan Fahad and Mr. Abul Khair, and World Bank South Asia.

Climate Change and Disaster Risk course ongoing; Registration for the Damage and Reconstruction Needs Assessment course now open

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EMI has started the delivery of the Climate Change and Disaster Risk (CCDR) course on May 26, with 25 participants from different organizations around the globe. CCDR is a specialized course that aims at supporting the global agenda of managing the risks associated to climate change through increasing knowledge and awareness. It explores the inter-linkages between disaster risk management and climate change adaptation. It also outlines strategies, methods and tools for integrated climate risk management. The course will end on June 25, 2014.  

EMI is also scheduled to deliver the Damage and Reconstruction Needs Assessment (DRNA) course on July 7 to August 6, 2014. Damage and Reconstruction Needs Assessment (DRNA) is a specialization course under the Natural Disaster Risk Management Program that offers a set of diagnostic tools to measure the type and extent of damage and losses caused by a specific disaster, to identify immediate recovery and longer-term reconstruction needs, and to determine the economic and financial implications of the event. This can be used immediately after the emergency stage to assess the direct and indirect effects of a catastrophic event, and its implications for the social well-being and economic performance of the affected area. Registration for this course is until July 4, 2014.


The course is supported by the Course Support Team (CST) which is composed of Dr. Nilgun Okay (Subject Matter Expert), Jesus Dominic Dizon (Course Director), Lalaine Bergonia (Course Facilitator), and Ma. Narcielyn Rizal (Course Administrator). 

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For more information, please contact Mr. Jesus Dominic Dizon, Program Manager at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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