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    Posted April 29, 2014 by
    Metro Manila, Philippines

    DILG Partners with Japan's MIC for Knowledge Exchange on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management


    The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) through the Local Government Academy and Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) through the Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) - Singapore is holding the Japan-Philippines Local Administration Seminar: Knowledge Exchange on Disaster Risk and Reduction Management on May 15-16, 2014 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Makati City. The seminar aims to serve as a venue for sharing of experiences and for establishing stronger collaboration between Philippines and Japan local governments and practitioners pertaining to disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM).


    Speakers during the seminar include Director-General for Policy Coordination, Mr. Atsuro Sasaki and Director of International Affairs Office, Mr. Satoshi Uemura, both from the MIC, Mr. Atsushi Koresawa who is Counsellor at the Civil Protection and Disaster Management Department of the Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA), and Mr. Moritoshi Iseri, the Deputy Director for Disaster and Crisis Management Administration Division of Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan. From the Philippines, the speakers include former Senate President Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr., Bohol Governor Edgardo Chatto, Undersecretary Eduardo del Rosario who chairs the National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), Executive Director Antonia Loyzaga of the Manila Observatory and DILG Regional Director Renato Brion from the National Capital Region (NCR). The Japanese delegates are also scheduled to visit Makati City, a Gawad KALASAG Award recipient in 2012 for a brief interaction with the city’s DRRM officials.


    Expected to attend are local chief executives and DRRM officers from LGUs in the 27 disaster vulnerable provinces and the LGUs within the eastern seaboard and the National Capital Region, representatives of national government agencies and local resource institutions engaged in climate change and DRRM.


    CLAIR was formed to assist Japanese local governments in meeting international complex challenges amidst globalization, such as international trade, development assistance and technology transfer, people-to-people exchange and mutual cultural understanding. It organizes the Local Administration Seminar annually to foster collaboration of local governments between Japan and Southeast Asian countries. LGA is an attached agency of the DILG responsible for the training and human resource development of local officials. Under the Climate Change Act (RA 9729), LGA was also mandated to facilitate the development and provision of a training program for LGUs in climate change.


    LGA Office, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, 29 April 2014

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