Climaco joins ‘Top Leaders Forum’ on disaster resilience

Mayor Beng Climaco shared the stage with other top-level executives from both the private and public sectors for the 2019 Top Leaders Forum organized by SM Prime Holdings, in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), ARISE Philippines and the National Resilience Council (NRC) at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, November 12.

Mayor Climaco spoke about Human Security and Disaster Resilience, showcasing the city’s resilience journey amidst the numerous challenges besetting Zamboanga City.

Themed “From Risk to Resilience: Forging Pathways and Milestones,” the activity highlighted the private sector engagement with the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to ensure the same level of preparedness for disasters.

It also focused on NRC’s Adopt-A-City program to engage the private sector in a more innovative and strategic partnership for resilient local government systems; and the launch of the Young Leaders for Resilience Program that aims to engage the youth in co-creating solutions that will address the resilience challenges of NRC’s partner local government units.

Through the facilitation of the CDRRMO Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, students from Ateneo de Zamboanga University represented the Zamboanga City Team for Young Leaders for Resilience Program and presented their innovative solutions that can address the resilience challenges.

Aside from Climaco, other speakers were USEC Ricardo B. Jalad of the Office of Civil Defense,  Congresswoman Lucy Gomez, Bataan Governor Albert S. Garcia, Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno, Naga City Mayor Nelson Legacion, and Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, Unilever Philippines Chairman Benjie Yap, Maynilad Water Services CEO Ramoncito Fernandez, IBM Philippines President and Country General Manager Aileen Judan-Jiao, San Miguel Properties Inc. Project Lead Cecile Ang, Jollibee Group Foundation Executive Director Gisela Tiongson, Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. First VP and COO Maribeth Marasigan, and Fr. Jet Villarin, Ateneo de Manila President.

For the 1st time, youth involvement in DRR was highlighted with the Young Leaders for Resilience Program wherein students from various universities in each LGU underwent a Design Thinking Workshop led by IBM Philippines and co-facilitated by the Asia Pacific College (APC) and National University, together with focal persons from NRC’s LGUs and academic partners.

ARISE Philippines is a network of businesses committed to create risk-resilient societies through the distinct approach of private-public partnerships. The NRC is a science and technology-based public and private partnership that supports government, communities, academe and the private sector in advancing the intersections among the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Climate Agreement and the New Urban Agenda.(with reports from Manila Bulletin website)Top of Form

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