DAVAO CITY Three international agencies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to link their programs to improve disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation (DRR-CCA) in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.
In a forum dubbed Synergizing Efforts for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, representatives of the United World Food Programme (WFP), the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Plan International (Plan) met on Tuesday at the Pinnacle Hotel and Suites here and agreed to each have its own respective level to focus on and coordinate closely to enhance disaster management abilities of local government units in these provinces.
The forum was graced by Plan Ambassador and celebrity Boy Abunda.
Each citizen has the responsibility to help others. Now, we are our brothers keepers. The people do not have to wait for catastrophes to happen before they take care of one another, he said.
On the other hand, Plan Country Director Carin van de Hor said the program requires a US$ 10-million budget, $ 6 million of which have been raised so far.
She also called on concerned people to help them out by raising the $ 4 million more needed for the program.
Meanwhile, WFP country director Praveen Agrawal said they would focus on working with local government at the provincial and municipal level in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, including youth outreach activities at the municipal and village level and will be implementing the project in Baganga, Boston, Cateel and 12 schools in Davao Oriental.
The agencies will support include improving the capacity of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (DRRMC), wherein they will assist LGUs in incorporating disaster risk reduction into their provincial, municipal and barangay development plans. (PNA)