Disaster Risk Reduction






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Since 2009, the Philippine Government has put in place a robust national legal and policy framework that aims to strengthen the country’s disaster risk reduction (DRR) system and protect the climate system. The Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, and the Climate Change Act of 2009 provide the overall national response framework. Guidelines to these two laws encourage local government units (LGUs) to integrate DRR into their local development plans.

a. Gender

The DRR Programme will pursue gender equality and the equal rights of girls and boys by highlighting the different vulnerabilities, risks and capacities of girls, boys, women and men that may influence their level of risk and their capacity to respond. Based on UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) in Humanitarian Response, humanitarian action should be carried out in a gender-responsive manner.

b. Equity

The DRR objective is consistent with the equity focus of UNICEF. Priority will be given to hazard-prone areas, which are also usually the most economically impoverished and deprived. Disasters contribute to a vicious cycle of poverty, preventing children from exercising their rights; and families and communities from realizing their development potential. DRR helps in directing activities where they are needed most. The modelling approach for community-based and child-centred DRR and integration of DRR in LGU development plans will be done in areas that are most exposed to climatological, geological and other hazards.

c. Strategic Result Areas (SRAs)

The SRAs will be pursued in the context of risk reduction, disaster mitigation and emergency response in priority areas, and in the strategies used by national government agencies through the relevant clusters.



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