VIGAN CITY – The Asia-Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (APAD) a non-government organization sponsored by the government of Japan has reached the province through a one-day seminar here at the Gordion Hotel, February 7 to reach out for the most needy, most deprived and poorest segments of the Philippine society.
APAD Luzon Coordinator Cora Jazmines said that APAD is not a duplication of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) in the municipal, provincial and national levels but it’s a private partnership with the government to help those that won’t be reached by the DRRMCs particularly those whose economic conditions make them “highly vulnerable to hazards and disasters,” giving special attention to children, women, the frail elderly and the differently abled sectors.
“APAD works with the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) to expand and strengthen the participation of the private sector, create a pre-agreement on services and resources with partners, facilitate disaster response and the acceptance of disaster relief in the country, capacity building and establish measures for distribution, implementation, monitoring and reporting,” she said.
A platform, she said, is composed of the academe, the media, the business sector and also government and civil society organizations.
“With the CDRC which is licensed and accredited by the DSWD, the APAD is able to implement emergency relief, rehabilitation, preparedness and mitigation programs,” she said.
With Jazmines was Roxanne Omega Doroy, the National Platform and Partnership Coordinator who also facilitated the seminar-workshop among the participants.
The seminar was made possible through the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in its Dap-ayan Program moderated by PIA Manager Imelda Castro Rivero. ●