A-PAD PH conducts 2nd National Platform meeting

By Ana-liza Macatangay


NAGA City --- Philippine Information Agency Camarines Sur and Albay Provincial Information Centers were among the invited partner-agencies during the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management-Philippines’ (A-PAD PH) second National Platform Meeting held October 12 to 14 at the Maribagu Resort in Cebu City.


The NPF meeting aimed "to build a cooperative system among A-PAD PH partners on disaster risk management and emergency response that incorporates health and risk communication in disaster preparations," A-PAD PH OIC Executive Director Althea Penaloza said.


Supported by the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the activity was part of A-PAD’s initiative to strengthen community resilience for Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Response through multi-sectoral Collaboration Project.


Penaloza emphasized the necessity to include Risk Communication and Communication Engagement (RCCE) in A-PAD's national platform as well as the importance of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) to measure the progress of its various disaster interventions.

Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management-Philippines (A-PAD PH) conducted its second National Platform Meeting held October 12 to 14 at the Maribagu Resort in Cebu City. Among the attendees are Philippine Information Agency Information Centers: Camarines Sur, Albay, Gitnang Luzon, and PIA - Region 7. Other participants include Northwestern University, Trinity University of Asia, Holy Trinity College of General Santos City, University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi, Eastern Visayas State University, University of Cebu - Lapu-Lapu Mandaue, KBP Camarines Sur Chapter, Santo Niño de Cebu Augustinian Social Development Foundation, Inc., K5 COOP, Rotary Club of Banilad, Masipag Mindanao, and ALBAYanihan. (PIA5/Camarines Sur)


The 2nd NPF meeting focused on these two topics.


A-PAD Advisor Megumi Kuwana, Ph.D, discussed the need for Monitoring and Evaluation in Disaster Risk Management and Emergencies while connecting to the reporting system and learning process that is distinctive to A-PAD as a multi-sectoral platform.


The Monitoring and evaluation session will enable A-PAD PH to assess whether the policies and programs implemented on the grounds were successful or if they satisfied the needs of the intended beneficiaries.


Philippine Information Agency-Camarines Sur Provincial Head and A-PAD PH Trustee, Ana-Liza S. Macatangay, Ph.D. talked about the significance of Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE). Part of her talk also focused on the relevance of multi-sectoral collaboration on RCCE.


Participants used the input to formulate collaborative activities and in crafting the Action Continuity Plan, using the DRRM thematic areas.


The workshop's result will be utilized by A-PAD PH in strengthening its partnership with its stakeholders while exploring various strategies to broaden the scope of collaboration among partners.


A-PAD PH was launched in 2016 as a National Platform for CSO, private sector, and government cooperation. It envisions a disaster-resilient community characterized by a robust collaboration with these partners.


A-PAD PH is also a member of the National MSME Resilience Core Group and is best known for its unifying theme, “Saving More lives in less Time.” (PIA5/Camarines Sur)