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NEDA Bicol spearheads the conduct of the Workshop for the Formulation of Rehabilitation and Recovery Framework

   The National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office (NRO) 5 spearheaded the conduct of a workshop for the formulation of a rehabilitation and recovery framework on June 9 at NRO 5, Legazpi City. The activity aimed to (a) identify common elements of a rehabilitation and recovery framework (RRF) which can be adopted by all regions; (b) generate recommendations for the guidelines on the formulation of a rehabilitation and recovery plan; and (c) discuss activities for the integration of the rehabilitation and recovery plans for typhoon (TY) Nina of CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and Bicol region. The activity was participated by the regional directors of NROs 3, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, 5, 8, and 13. 

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   The presentations of the NROs highlighted the rehabilitation and recovery frameworks which were used in the preparation of their respective RRPs on the calamities that affected their regions: NRO CARAGA for Agusan flooding and Surigao earthquake; NRO Eastern Visayas for typhoon (TY) Yolanda; and NROs MIMAROPA, CALABARZON and Bicol for TY Nina. The activity also served as a venue to share the NROs’ experiences, challenges, lessons learned, and best practices as the vice chair for rehabilitation and recovery committee of their respective regional DRRM councils. 

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   The group proposed to adopt the AmbisyonNatin 2040 statement of ‘Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay para sa Lahat’  as the disaster RRF vision, and the Philippine DRRM framework vision statement of ‘safer, adaptive and disaster resilient Filipino communities toward sustainable development’ as the RRF goal. The RRF may also contain the regional development thrusts, outcomes, strategies, and priority programs, activities and projects (PAPs) which will vary depending on the nature of the disaster, and the required scale of rehabilitation and recovery of the region. The group suggested that the basic outline for a disaster RRP shall contain the pre-disaster situation, characteristic and impact of disaster, the disaster RRF, PAPs, monitoring and evaluation mechanism, and the results matrix for the monitoring of the RRP implementation. 

   The NRO regional directors proposed to revisit the organizational structure of the NEDA, particularly at the regional offices, to address the expanding functions of the NROs, and the need to strengthen the capacity of NEDA personnel on disaster rehabilitation and recovery planning.

JA Mangalino – NEDA PFPD