NEDA rolls out disaster risk reduction initiatives

The Philippine National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is rolling out disaster risk reduction (DRR) initiatives in the development plans of provincial governments throughout the country.

The DRR guidelines were developed by NEDA in 2008 to enhance natural disaster risk reduction efforts in the local development planning process.

The guidelines introduced a disaster risk assessment methodology that enable local government units (LGUs) to identify areas at risk to natural disaster and the appropriate mitigation measures.

The roll out is supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Australian Aid forInternational Development (AusAID).

The project incorporates climate change adaptations and sectoral impact parameters into the DRR guidelines.

“We expect at least 50 provinces throughout the country to complete theirDRR/CCA-enhanced provincial development and physical framework plans by the end of 2011,” said Director Susan Jose of the NEDA-Regional Development Coordination Staff.

Jose added that around 150 development planners from the regional line agencies and academic institutions were already trained by NEDA to comprise the pool of regional trainers that will directly assist the provinces.