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MMDA shares 'bayanihan' spirit at the crisis managers gathering

Philippine Information Agency
15 Nov 2019, 16:38 GMT+10

QUEZON CITY, Nov. 15 (PIA)-Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim, yesterday shared 'bayanihan' as a core essence of the Filipino culture during the conduct of the Crisis Management Conference 2019 yesterday.

"Also known as tulungan or damayan meaning help or aid, Bayanihan is a system of mutual help and concern which has become the backbone of family and village life throughout the Philippine archipelago," Lim said, addressing the disaster management practitioners from Asian countries.

In times of crises and disasters, Lim cited that the "primary and greatest responsibility lies within the states which should put in place effective systems for disaster response and, even more importantly, implement measures to reduce risks and eliminate consequences of disasters."

"By working together, a proactive plan can be formulated for future disaster management activities among cities and countries," Lim said.

The MMDA) yesterday hosted the Crisis Management Conference 2019 where participants from other Asian countries also shared their disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) initiatives and best practices with the aim of enhancing the cities' crisis management capabilities.

With the theme, "International Bayanihan: Unity in the face of Disasters," this year's conference emphasized the significance of partnerships among cities, regions and countries, and the private sector creating an unbreakable bond that withstand any calamity, no matter how strong or how many.

Michael Salalima, Focal Person for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and head of MMDA'S Metropolitan Public Safety Office, presented the Metro Manila Earthquake Contingency Plan or Oplan Metro Yakal Plus, a plan which covers inter-agency roles, before, during and after the 'Big One.'

The contingency plan was simulated during the recent Metro Manila Shake Drills conducted by the agency in the past five years.

Delegates from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, New Taipei, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Ulaanbatar, attended the CMC 2019, organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

The MMDA chairman expressed optimism that exchanging of views among the experts of different cities result in a model for collaboration that may be used for disaster prevention and mitigation all over the world.

An understanding of the capabilities of both the public and private sectors needs to be built in order for us to move from singular success stories to cooperative, mutually beneficial efforts at larger scale, said Lim.

"Let us take on the challenge of working together, creating an unbreakable bond that will withstand any calamity, no matter how strong or how many," Lim said. (PIA-NCR/MMDA)

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