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Building a Disaster Resilient Quezon City Project

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Project Name: Building a Disaster Resilient Quezon City

"The City of New Horizons"

Background

Quezon City is the largest city in Metro Manila in terms of population and land area. It has an estimated population of 2.7 million with a land area slightly over 16 thousand hectares. The city serves as an ideal distribution hub located at the heart of Metro Manila due to the convergence of various transportation networks such as the Mass Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3), EDSA, North Luzon Expressway, and the C-5 highway. It also has a high concentration of media networks, hosts key government offices, major shopping centers, and the foremost educational institutions in the country within its jurisdiction. Embarking on a DRRM program is a necessary investment in order to comply with the law and to protect the city’s critical assets and significant population.

Project Objectives:

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  • Assess, optimize and align the current DRRM investments and resources to comply with RA 10121 and international standards.
  • Establish a disaster risk reduction and management system within the city government based on the requirements of the standards.
  • Institutionalize DRRM protocols, policies, procedures and functions within the Quezon City Government
  • Undertake a specialized training program that supports the implementation of the above and builds DRRM expertise and competency in the city government.

Methodology and Implementation Scheme:

Work Flow - Implementation of the project activities entails a structured process that engages the Project Implementation Team (PIT) in constant communication and coordination.

Participatory Approach - The project relies on a highly participatory process. This participatory process has several goals including: 1) collecting input and data from the stakeholders; 2) incorporating the concerns and constraints of the stakeholders in the final outputs and deliverables of the project; 3) building sustainability; and 4) building ownership.

Ensuring Sustainability and Ownership - Techniques for ensuring sustainability, transparency and ownership are inherently included in the project’s implementation process through the participation of the Focus Groups (FG) and the incorporation of a capacity building component. It establishes principles of good governance and puts a premium on collective contribution.

Strategic meetings and briefings with the city policy makers, high-level government officials, representatives of international organizations and others take place during each field investigation. It is recognized that success depends also on getting political support and visibility.

Project Organization:

Committee

Having a strong and functional project organization will ensure that all aspects of the project are planned, discussed and agreed upon between EMI and Quezon City officials in order to put in place an efficient project management and implementation process.

Project Deliverables

  1. A Comprehensive Analysis of Current Practice on DRRM by Quezon City
  2. Legal and Institutional Arrangements (LIA) Assessment Report and Quezon City Risk Profile
  3. Hazards, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (HVRA) Report
  4. Land Use Planning and Construction Codes and Standards (LUP-CCS) Assessment Report
  5. Geographical Information System (GIS) for DRRM Assessment Report
  6. Emergency Management Framework Report
  7. An Updated and Comprehensive DRRM Plan for Managing Earthquakes and Flood Risks
  8. A Training Program on Emergency Management

Partners:

The project is a collaboration between the Quezon City Government and EMI with active participation of local and national stakeholders, along with internationally acclaimed practice leaders.