The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, launched the program in 2016 on 'Strengthening Capacity of Government, Local Humanitarian Organizations and the Private Sector on Preparedness for Emergency Response' in six Asian countries: Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka. Each country has completed a sample baseline survey of selected at-risk geographical areas with the goal of investigating the current context and engagement of government entities, the private sector, local NGOs / civil s
Study tour of the delegation from Government of Sri Lanka to Quezon city DRM council in Philippines.
The Asian Preparedness Partnership network implemented by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center works towards enhancing south-south learning and cooperation in South and South-East Asia. The South-South learning facility established through this collaborative partnership provides an exceptional opportunity to document, learn and build on the expertise available in the region and promote intercountry knowledge and experience sharing events for disaster resilience.
On 04 August 2018, ninety six newly elected members of the village youth council, participated in the Youth Leadership Forum of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management held at the Leyte Park Hotel in Tacloban City.
Signing of the Terms of Reference between partners in Philippines
One of the foremost activities implemented under the program was to undertake Baseline Assessment studies to map out the current status of the humanitarian ecosystem for managing disasters at the institutional, organizational and operational levels. The assessment studies have been carried out in all program countries to assess capacities, systems, and inter-agency coordination mechanisms of key stakeholders- Governments, International NGOs, local humanitarian organisations, academic institutions and civil society organizations working in disaster preparedness and emergency response.
Principally, the Roadmap document serves as a means of:
• Collating and clarifying priority areas for enhancing the disaster preparedness and coping capacities of SMEs in the Philippines
• Identifying the relevant actors, stakeholders or policy owners for addressing these issues
• Outlining potential approaches or pilot initiatives for tackling the identified challenges
A disaster-resilient enterprise is one that has the capacity to anticipate, resist or absorb, and then accommodate or recover from a hazard that affects it, returning to at least the equivalent state of economic health that it enjoyed beforehand, and continuing to grow and develop without detrimental long-term effects.
Disaster occurrences cause losses and disruption in business operations among small and medium enterprises. The iPrepare Business facility intends to address this through the Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of Small and Medium Enterprises in Asia Project. One of the activities under the project is conducting of a survey among SMEs to understand the state of their disaster resilience, including capacity gaps and needs. Specifically, the survey covered questions risk exposure, experiences from previous disaster, Business Continuity Plan adoption, incentives and training needs.
In 2015, the iPrepare Business facility began working with country partners in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam to implement a regional project on “Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of Small and Medium Enterprises in Asia.” The project aimed to build disaster-resilient enterprises by:
1. identifying actions to strengthen resilience of SMEs;
2. providing technical assistance in strengthening resilience to selected SMEs on a demand-driven basis;