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DRRMCEP2015.JPGAsian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) had participated in the JICA Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Capacity Enhancement Project in the Philippines from March 2012 to February 2015 (3 years) as a member of the Project team.
The "Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (RA No. 10121)" was enacted in May 2010, creating the legal framework to implement a new approach to disaster management called Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM). Under the DRRM Act, a new highest decision-making body related to disaster management on the national level was established as the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) was appointed as the secretariat of the NDRRMC and expected to play a leading role for the DRRM activities in the Philippines. The Project was formulated with a goal of strengthening capacity on DRRM of the OCD.
The Project team proviced technical assistance to the activities of the OCD on DRRM planning, standardization of the DRRM information management, strengthening of the DRRM education and training system, and enhancement of the support system to Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CBDRRM).
The ADRC contributed to strengthening DRRM education and training system of the Philippines including of the establishment of the "National DRRM Education and Training Plan" with the DRRM training modules for national and local government officers, and private sectors as priority training programs, and the "Civil Defense Education and Training Program" for the OCD staff members.
For more details, the final report of the project is available at:
(pdf, 3.64MB, JICA Library)
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25 February 2015 (Manila, Philippines)

"Preparatory Meeting for Resilience Conference on Earthquake", hosted by the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation for Peace and Development, co-hosted by the Zuellig Family Foundation and the Manila Observatory, was held in Manila, Philippines on 25 February 2015.  As a cooperation of this meeting, the ADRC sent one representative from IRP secretariat to attend. The meeting's over 90 participants included government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, managers from private sector and experts from international organizations.

During his presentation titled "Reconstruction, Recovery and Preparedness: Lessons Learned from Japan's Experience--Towards Comprehensive Disaster Management in the Philippines and Japan--", Mr. Shingo Kouchi, ADRC Senior Expert as well as IRP Senior Recovery Expert, highly appreciated every effort made by both public and private sectors toward possible earthquakes in the Metro Manila. Similar to Japan's situation, it has been widely recognized in the Philippines that the Government and local enterprises need to promote the public-private partnership and multi-stakeholder approach towards effective regional disaster mitigation/prevention and reconstruction/recovery. Mr. Kouchi also stressed that  IRP have been working closely with many stakeholders in the Philippines, and ADRC/IRP will seek possibilities of providing technical assistance for the Philippines' preparation efforts towards future earthquakes.

With the concept of "Building Back Better than Before", IRP would like to make continuous efforts for realization of disaster-resilient society and communities in the Metro Manila region, by sharing Japanese technologies, experiences, and lessons learned from the past. For more information, please contact Kouchi (

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9 February 2015 (Vienna, Austria)

The Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) participated in a Japan-sponsored seminar and reception held at the 52nd Meeting of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee on the Peaceful Users of Outer Space (UN-COPUOS), which was held at the United Nations (UN) Office in Vienna, Austria. The seminar was held after the COPUOS session on the morning of 9 February. Presentations focused on the theme of "The Role of Space-based Applications in Disaster Risk Reduction" were given by ADRC and several other organizations (including the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)). These were followed by question and answer sessions. ADRC gave a presentation on the performance of and problems with Sentinel Asia, which uses space-based applications to reduce and prevent natural disaster damage. Presentations were also given on sample hazard maps created for floods and volcanos using satellite images, and proposals for the use of satellite images at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) to be held this March.

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5 to 6 February 2015 (Vienna, Austria)

KIMG0007.jpgThe Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) participated in the 6th UN Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) Regional Support Offices (RSO) Meeting, which was held in conjunction with the 52nd Session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN-COPUOS). Held from 5 to 6 February, the meeting was attended by more than 30 RSOs from around the world.
During the meeting, the following topics were eagerly discussed:
1) Activities conducted in 2014
2) Proposed activities for 2015
3) A booklet and portal site developed by UN-SPIDER 
4) Issues related to strategies for providing technical guidance to developing countries and best uses of satellites
5) Best practices in providing technical guidance to developing countries
6) Activity reports from working groups on tsunamis, droughts, and floods

At this meeting, ADRC gave a presentation on its 2014 activities and accomplishments as well as its plans for 2015, and discussed many ideas with the secretariat and other RSOs.
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