It is important that the governments provide the needed policy-level guidance and leadership in promoting child,youth and gender-sensitive disaster policies.
As the world faces an array of natural and man-made disasters the needs of vulnerable populations affected by humanitarian emergencies are evolving. World Vision is also changing. With operations in 95 countries and a global commitment to having a sustained impact in the lives of children, World Vision is reinforcing its holistic approach to disaster management.
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The Philippines is very vulnerable to natural disasters because of its natural setting, as well as its socio-economic, political and environmental context. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (NDRRMP) fulfills the requirement of RA No. 10121 of 2010, which provides the legal basis for policies, plans and programs to deal with
disasters. The NDRRMP covers four Thematic areas, namely,
(1) Disaster Prevention and Mitigation;
(2) Disaster Preparedness;
(3) Disaster Response; and
(4) Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery
This correspond to the structure of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). By law, the Office of Civil Defense formulates and implements the NDRRMP and ensures that the physical framework, social, economic and environmental plans of communities, cities, municipalities and provinces are consistent with such plan. The NDRRMP is consistent with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Framework (NDRRMF), which serves as “the principal guide to disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) efforts to the country….”The Framework envisions a country of “safer, adaptive and disaster-resilient Filipino communities toward sustainable development.”It conveys a paradigm shift from reactive to proactive DRRM wherein men and women have increased their awareness and understanding of DRRM,with the end in view of increasing people’s resilience and decreasing their vulnerabilities. The NDRRMP is a road map on how DRRM shall contribute to gender-responsive and rights-based sustainable development. Read the full report at this link (http://www.ndrrmc.gov.ph/attachments/article/41/NDRRM_Plan_2011-2028.pdf)