Local chief executives, stakeholders and national government agency officials congregated Thursday last week for a regional summit which aimed to promote advocacy on the local government's institutionalization of disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. Dubbed as the "Tapatan Roadshow on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation", the summit was spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) with the collaboration of the DILG-NCR office.
The summit served as a forum for the sharing of initiatives and best practices on disaster preparedness and climate change management. President Benigno S. Aquino III graced the event as the guest of honor and speaker.
As one of the presenters, EMI showcased the participatory approach in DRRM and highlighted the importance of interagency action. Using Pasig City as example, EMI appealed on open data sharing among agencies and gave a case in point on significant data shared by barangay officials in Pasig City. Validation processes with the participation of LGUs were also underlined in the presentation, in support of the importance of the multi-stakeholder platform in mainstreaming DRR.
Also among those who presented were EMI partners Pasig and Makati City, who exhibited their respective good practices on disaster preparedness.
Over 300 barangay chairpersons from flood-prone areas attended the forum, including around 200 from national government agencies, local government units, civil society organizations and development partners. As the 13th regional forum to be conducted by DILG nationwide, the roadshow is in line with the Republic Act Republic Act 10121, the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, which emphasizes the significance of placing disaster preparedness on top of the priority agenda of LGUs, and Memorandum Circular 2010-143, which directs the strengthening of LGU capacity, particularly local DRRMCs to prepare for disasters.