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Ben-Errol D. Aspera
April 1, 2020 at 7:12 am
All my projects as an independent consultant and NGO development worker cover IP communities in Mindanaw. This is my first time to come across this Phil. Action Plan under the OGP. Happy to see that the IP has been given a space in this plan.
It seem however that there are other important and critical issues and concerns of the IPs that are not reflected in this plan.
Currently Disaster Risk Reduction, Preparedness, Response and Management framework focuses on human induced and natural calamities. Public health and epidemics have, by and large, not been part of the disaster preparedness of the LGUs, nor even at the national level. Currently most preparedness and response measures consist of plans for provision of common mass sanctuary/evacuation centers for affected households. While epidemiological disasters the likes of COVID-19 pandemic require totally different measures of risk reduction which is by and large dispersion and/or isolation of affected people. I suggest that this concern be included in the NAP. Among the actions proposed will be to take stock of the lessons and good practices emerging from the NCOV-19 contagion here and abroad for possible integration into over-all DRRM framework and policy guidelines.
MARK JED AREVALO
May 7, 2020 at 8:31 am
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