(November 30 to December 9, 2010 Vietnam and the Philippines)
IRP piloted a training aimed at enhancing the capacity of government officials on post-disaster resilient recovery in Vietnam and the Philippines. The back to back training events enhanced the capacities of one hundred government officials.
The training in Hanoi, Vietnam was held from November 30 to December 3, 2010. Thirty eight officials from different government ministries participated. The training in Makati City, Philippines was held from December 6-9, 2010 with thirty eight government officials from different departments participating. The video conferencing facilities allowed participation of government officials from National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) in Indonesia and visiting researchers (from Governments of Myanmar, Indonesia, and Cambodia) of Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) in Japan.
The four-day training included site visit, case study presentations, and group discussions. "Guidance Notes on Recovery" of nine sectors developed by IRP and post-disaster scenarios were provided to all participants as the key training materials. Key lessons in recovery process were presented through the case studies. The cases provide a menu of options for different approaches to recovery based on global practices. Group discussions were structured to enable participants to develop pre-disaster recovery plans, primarily focused on the strategies and approaches for recovery.
Feedback on the training was drawn from participants' evaluation and through informal interactions between training staff and the government officials who jointly organized the events. Three general observations are important. Firstly, the training has attracted significant interest of governments and partners. Secondly, the approach and materials used in training addressed the knowledge gaps on recovery and reinforced recovery initiatives of the government. Finally, government ownership of the training was significant. There is a demand for further training for provincial and field level officials and a need to further develop an in-country critical mass of trained officials. The next training will be conducted for Pakistan and Sri Lanka in February 2011.