In the event of disasters, plans and capacities prepared in advance are activated. The improved quality of planning, coordination and the high state of preparedness have been responsible for a faster and more comprehensive disaster response capacity in several areas of the country. This research aims to address the gap in knowledge about local resilience and disaster preparedness by providing a comprehensive overview of household resilience measures and levels of disaster preparedness. This is the first national household survey on resilience and disaster preparedness measures conducted in the Philippines.
It comes at a crucial time, as efforts are being made to ensure that disaster management is evidence-based, especially at the local level and amid national debates about centralizing disaster resilience efforts in a single national agency. Appoint full-time disaster managers, develop a disaster information management system, conduct a massive information campaign, organize village volunteers, integrate disaster management into formal education and compulsorily train officials, prepare for a possible eruption important volcanic and developing a comprehensive plan against emerging emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, can lead to comprehensive preparedness. Now that it's officially the “rainy season,” it might be time to review some lessons from the past and what they tell us about disaster preparedness. However, significant gaps in disaster management capacities continue to exist in different regions of the Philippines and, surprisingly, there is little data available referring to local levels of resilience and disaster preparedness.
I recently attended the conference of the United Nations Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun with a delegation led by Undersecretary Rick Jalad, director of the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management When a disaster occurs, one of the most important priorities is re-establish communication with everyone. At the heart of these interventions are the National Plan of Action on Climate Change and the National Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, which were established to systematically integrate the various activities of disaster risk management and adaptation to climate change, coordination and mechanisms of government funding. Since communities are the first to respond to any disaster (Walia 200), it is crucial to strengthen their capacity to deal with calamities.