Project Title

9th Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum (9th SDMOF) 

Project Year

2015   

Project Number

EPWG 01 2015A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

EPWG 01 2015A 

Project Title

9th Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum (9th SDMOF) 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Health and Emergency Preparedness 

Project Year

2015 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

90,352 

Co-funding Amount

158,157 

Total Project Value

248,509 

Sponsoring Forum

Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) 

Topics

Emergency Preparedness 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Philippines 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Japan; New Zealand; Peru; Chinese Taipei; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

22/09/2015 

Expected Completion Date

22/09/2015 

Project Proponent Name 1

Romeo F Fajardo 

Job Title 1

Director/Civil Defense Deputy Administrator 

Organization 1

Office of Civil Defense - National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 

Postal Address 1

Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Philippines, 1100 

Telephone 1

63-2 9125947 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

ndrrmc.secretariat@yahoo.com, cddafajardo79@gmail.com 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Romeo F Fajardo 

Project Summary

The Asia-Pacific region is prone to various types of disasters, both natural and human-induced. Referred to as the “new normal”, disasters are becoming more complex, frequent and unpredictable.

Addressing the new normal is the highlight of the 9th SDMOF, with the proposed theme “Whole-of-Economy Approach: A Paradigm Shift to Adapt to the New Normal”. It emphasizes that disasters can no longer be managed single-handedly and in isolation by an economy. It stresses the need for an inter-economy collaboration to adapt to the new normal.

An important output is a policy paper for adoption by the APEC economies. The paper shall recommend the paradigm containing strategies and approaches to collectively address the new normal.

The Forum will be held on 22-23 September 2015 to be attended by delegates from APEC economies, private sector, non-government organizations and the academe.

Relevance

The Asia-Pacific region is prone to various types of disasters, both natural and human-induced. Referred to as the “new normal”, disasters are becoming more complex, frequent and unpredictable in terms of occurrence, scope and magnitude. Past major disasters in the region such as the Great Hanshin or Kobe Earthquake in 1995, Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in the US in 2005, Wenchuan Earthquake in China in 2008, the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013 show that the impact of disasters are increasingly crossing borders and causing disruptions to business and trade. Clearly, the concept of new normal practically applies to disasters of all types.

Addressing the new normal is the highlight of the 9th SDMOF, with the proposed theme “Whole-of-Economy Approach: A Paradigm Shift to Adapt to the New Normal”. It emphasizes that disaster can no longer be managed single-handedly and in isolation by an economy, a sector or an organization by itself.  It stresses the need for an inter-economy cooperation in dealing with disasters to ensure sustainable economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region.  More importantly, it promotes a holistic, comprehensive, integrated and proactive approach as a new paradigm in addressing disasters and managing risks.

This proposal directly links to Rank 1: (1) Building sustainable and resilient communities; (2) Connectivity, including the implementation of the APEC Connectivity Blueprint on enhancing physical, institutional and people-to-people connectivity. It also directly links to Rank 2: (1) Sustainable Growth: Activities/ issues related to safeguarding the quality of life through sustainable growth; (2) Innovative Growth: Science and technology and ICS approaches in disaster preparedness, risk reduction, response and post-disaster recovery and cooperation in search and rescue.

These ranks are all related to ensuring resiliency and reducing disaster risks to promote sustainable development. Such holds true especially for the developing economies. It cannot be denied that developing economies are usually at risk to disasters and are frequently visited by calamities in the region. The Forum shall then serve as mechanism for the developing economies to share their best DRR practices and lessons learned out of their experiences. Furthermore, the Forum shall also provide an opportunity for the developed economies to offer DRR interventions, technologies, systems and innovations that the developing economies can implement and adopt. Thus, following the whole-of-economy approach, the Forum shall create synergy and foster connectivity among the developing and developed economies, together with the regional and local organizations, to collectively address the new normal and promote sustainable economic growth.

Objectives

The general objective is to develop a new paradigm to collectively adapt to the new normal and further strengthen resiliency in the Asia-Pacific region. The specific objectives are as follows:

1. To provide a venue for disaster management officials in the Asia-Pacific region to share best experiences and develop new approaches in managing the new normal towards building resiliency;

2. To revisit existing DRR mechanisms of the APEC economies and discover new opportunities for further enhancing and strengthening regional and international collaboration in the field of DRR; and

3. To develop a policy paper for adoption of the APEC economies at the end of the Forum. The paper shall recommend the paradigm containing strategic policies, best practices and approaches to collectively address the new normal. It shall also put forward the need to bring DRR to the consciousness of the leaders of the APEC economies.

One of the projected outcomes is the potential elevation of the Forum to a ministerial level meeting, a high level policy dialogue (opportunity of cross-fora discussion/collaboration), or other options for APEC engagement while the SDMOF retains its operations and arrangements. Such outcome will upscale the Forum’s role in providing directions, setting benchmarks, and determine the future plans of the entire APEC in managing the new normal.

Alignment

The theme of APEC 2015 is “Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World”. To align with this theme, the 9th SDMOF puts forward for building inclusive economies using the whole-of-economy approach to effectively address the new normal and ultimately build a better and safer APEC. Specifically, the Forum responds to the APEC 2015 key priority of “Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities”. It aims to develop a new paradigm that is holistic, comprehensive, integrated and proactive to build sustainable and resilient communities in the Asia-Pacific region amidst the new normal. Furthermore, it seeks to address capacity-building gaps and challenges faced especially by the economies, particularly the developing ones, by providing a venue to share best practices and lessons learned, strengthen inter-economy relations, and facilitate networking in the context of DRR. This will be an opportunity especially for the developing economies to gain insights and lessons on how they can better improve their DRR mechanisms.

The Forum also directly responds to the APEC priority areas and key statements that the leaders have made in the previous years. In 2014, APEC leaders committed to jointly tackle natural disasters, climate change and other global challenges. They highlighted the need to strengthen cooperation in disaster preparedness, risk reduction, response and post-disaster recovery, search and rescue, and application of science and technology.

In 2013, the APEC leaders recognized the consequences of natural and human-caused disasters particularly to the most vulnerable members of the society. In response to these consequences, they sought to ensure mobility of emergency responders and equipment to save lives. They also underscored the involvement of the private sector in business continuity planning as well as the incorporation of structural and non-structural DRR measures into infrastructure planning and development.

In 2012, APEC leaders encouraged cooperation to improve disaster preparedness, response and recovery through ICT, promotion of business continuity plans, enhancement of the reliability of supply chains, and integration of disaster risk financing policies.

In 2011, APEC leaders expressed solidarity with the people affected by tragic natural disasters and pledged to incorporate the private sector and civil society more substantively into the emergency preparedness efforts to build more resilient communities and businesses.

In 2010, APEC leaders aimed to build a regional community where people can live free and safe from threats. They emphasized the importance of strengthening resilience and the capacity of economies to manage emergencies and natural disasters.

The Forum meets the objectives of the APEC Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Preparedness in the Asia Pacific Region. As the theme suggests, it puts into context the adverse longer-term impacts of the new normal at the local as well as regional economic growth and development. If proliferation of the new normal will remain unaddressed, APEC’s government and business interests will be largely threatened and disrupted. Hence, the Forum seeks to provide opportunities for APEC economies to upscale its existing mechanisms and develop a new paradigm to adapt to the new normal.

TILF/ASF Justification

Through the assistance of the APEC Support Fund, there will be better participation of the APEC economies, especially the developing economies, to the 9th SDMOF. This will give them the opportunity to gain lessons from the best DRR practices by the other economies, as well as share their own DRR success stories and experiences. At the same time, developed economies can share their interventions, technologies, systems and innovations that the developing economies can implement and adopt. Such opportunities for capacity building are important as the developing economies can bring home whatever lessons that they will learn that will further intensify their disaster management systems.

Furthermore, by adopting the proposed policy paper to recommend bringing DRR to the consciousness of the APEC leaders, a potential outcome will be the elevation of the Forum to a ministerial level meeting, a high level policy dialogue (opportunity of cross-fora discussion/collaboration), or other options for APEC engagement while the SDMOF retains its operations and arrangements. If such outcome is achieved, it can greatly help the developing economies to obtain greater support to heighten their disaster management systems in terms of policies and resources. It will enable them to increase their capacities to respond to the new normal by upscaling their decision making powers and resource allocation. Also, it shall help open up opportunities for developing economies to enhance their collaboration with other member economies to collectively address disaster impacts.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The 9th SDMOF shall create the following outputs:

1)  Policy Paper on Addressing the New Normal

The main output of the Forum is a policy paper to be adopted by the APEC member economies. The policy paper shall recommend the paradigm in collectively addressing the new normal. The paradigm shall be composed of the following: (1) acknowledgement of how disasters are becoming the “new normal”; (2) acknowledgement of a new and holistic paradigm in mainstreaming DRR incorporating the best practices; (3) recognition of the important role of APEC to strengthen inter-economy cooperation in dealing with disasters; and (4) commitment to bring DRR to the consciousness of the APEC leaders themselves and prioritize disaster management.

2) Collection of Best DRR Practices

During the Forum proper, there will also be a collection of best DRR practices to be shared by the different experts as among the Forum’s outputs. Delegates can learn these best DRR practices through the Forum’s five (5) sessions: (1) Predicting the ‘New Normal’: Maximizing Science-Based Approaches; (2) Preparing for the ‘New Normal’: Anticipating the Risks of Disasters ; (3) Responding to the ‘New Normal’: Lessons Learned and Best Practices; (4) Recovering from the ‘New Normal’: Building Back Better, Faster, and Safer; and (5) Economic Impact of the ‘New Normal’: Inter and Intra Economy.

All the outputs of the Forum should provide a guidance to engage cross-fora collaboration for emergency preparedness. The outputs could serve as best reference to the upcoming Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2016.

Outcomes: The 9th SDMOF shall yield the following outcomes in the medium term based on the proposed outputs:

1)  Increased consciousness of APEC leaders to prioritize disaster management – Although it is already a fact that the APEC region is prone to disasters, it cannot be denied that not all member economies have intensified disaster management systems yet. This is primarily due to the fact that the impacts of disasters vary across economies. This becomes a major concern given the proliferation of the new normal. Thus, through the 9th SDMOF, the APEC leaders will become more conscious and aware of the new normal. They will learn to recognize that disasters may hit their economies at any place and time, therefore, they need to subsequently develop the sense of urgency to put disaster management as among their top most priorities.

Given such consciousness, APEC leaders may potentially decide, consider and agree for the elevation of the SDMOF to a ministerial level meeting, a high level policy dialogue (opportunity of cross-fora discussion/collaboration), or other options for APEC engagement while the SDMOF retains its operations and arrangements. It may also trigger some economies without dedicated disaster management offices yet to create one. Such outcome will enable the economies to intensify disaster management in their respective areas.

2) Better public and private partnership and collaboration to disaster management– Putting disaster management as a priority and addressing the new normal cannot be accomplished by the governments or sectors alone. Instead, it entails the whole-of-economies to address the new normal. This whole-of-economy approach puts into premium the significant role of the private sector. Hence, the Forum shall serve as an opportunity to open new areas for better public and private partnership and collaboration to disaster management.

3) Creation of new policies and systems to strengthen disaster resiliency and promote sustainable development – In order to operationalize the outputs of the Forum, it is important to create and develop the appropriate policies, systems and other enabling mechanisms. Hence, an important outcome is the subsequent creation of new policies and systems to strengthen disaster resiliency and promote sustainable development. The Forum shall not only serve as a venue for the APEC leaders’ declaration of commitment to DRR. Instead, it shall also provide solid encouragement to the leaders to create the appropriate policies and systems in order to support their commitment and ensure sustainable growth in the entirety of APEC.

Beneficiaries: The direct target participants of the 9th SDMOF and users of the outputs are the Forum attendees themselves.  This covers primarily the government officials from the 21 member economies. It is recommended that the officials are holding senior level positions, are engaged in performing DRR functions, should possess DRR decision making powers, and should be catalysts of gender balance and sensitivity.  Attendees to the Forum also include representatives from the private sector, regional and international non-government organizations, and the academe that have been helping the governments of the economies in various DRR activities.

The above mentioned Forum attendees, also as the beneficiaries, shall reap the following gains and advantages:

1) The senior disaster management officials from the 21 member economies will develop better awareness on the new normal and help decide on new strategies to address them in consonance with the agreements of the APEC member economies.

2)  Regional and international private sector groups and key investors will learn how to better protect their business interests from disasters, protect supplies and operations in times of emergencies, and contribute to the governments especially during humanitarian assistance.

3) Representatives from regional and international non-government organizations will develop better understanding of the new normal and offer better approaches to complement the operations of the governments and speed up the delivery of services.

4) The academe, given their awareness on the proliferation of the new normal, can undertake new DRR researches and dissertations, thereby contributing to the expansion of DRR knowledge. The findings of the academe can then be used by the governments and other sectors in developing new DRR policies and implementing programs for the benefit of the communities.

Indirect beneficiaries practically cover the whole-of-APEC, specifically the communities. If the DRR consciousness is brought to the APEC leaders themselves, this will eventually and potentially help cascade the DRR consciousness down to communities and grassroots level. Communities will be better educated about the situation of new normal in the region. They will be more participative in the programs and activities of the governments. More importantly, they will be empowered and more conscious of their individual roles and responsibilities so that they can better help themselves without relying too much on outside assistance.

Dissemination

The outputs of the 9th SDMOF will widely be disseminated to various stakeholders using various means. A formal report shall be prepared for the reference of the Secretary of National Defense as the Chairperson of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to be elevated to the President of the Republic of the Philippines. The report shall highlight the need for the Philippine government to collaborate with other stakeholders and work with other member economies to collectively promote disaster resiliency in the APEC region. A report shall also be submitted to the relevant APEC bodies, such as the EPWG and the APEC Secretariat, to highlight the outputs, proceedings and recommendations of the Forum.

Press statements will be also be released to promote awareness on the Forum outputs to the general public. Social media will also be widely utilized. Attendees will be encouraged to post photos and statements about the SDMOF using their social media accounts to promote consciousness on the Forum’s significance.  Official SDMOF hashtag will also be promoted.

Number, form and content of publications: The 9th SDMOF will produce the policy paper to be adopted by the member economies as well as the compilation of presentations by all speakers in the different sessions.

The documentation and compilation of these materials will comply with the APEC logo and publication guidelines.

All materials will be reproduced in hard-copies for distribution based on the number of confirmed participants. Also, once all documents have been compiled, they will be published electronically to the APEC website.

All of these documents will be gathered prior to the actual forum through a series of pre-meetings and will be consulted with the APEC member economies and other relevant entities for better appreciation and to garner more participation in the actual Forum.

The target audience:  The target audience will be the senior government officials and disaster managers of the 21 APEC member economies. There will also be representatives from private sector organizations, regional and international organizations, the academe and other relevant entities that are engaged in DRR. Non-APEC related entities will be invited to the Forum as well.

Gender

The Project Overseer will ensure active participation of both genders throughout the stages of the 9th SDMOF, from planning and preparation to actual implementation.

Planning and Preparation: Male and female experts and staff will be involved during planning meetings and preparatory activities. There will also be consultations with gender-based groups and organizations to help oversee that gender sensitivity is properly observed and that gender biases are prevented in the entirety of the 9th SDMOF.

Development of Policy Paper: In developing the proposed policy paper, specific attention will be given to protection and empowerment of women. This is in consideration of the women’s status in the society as well as the recognition of their roles, skills and capabilities in the field of DRR. In fact, women and other marginalized groups are oftentimes the most affected during disasters, especially in developing economies. Hence, their welfare and protection will be given emphasis by the policy paper. The paper shall put forward the needs, interests and DRR capabilities of women, together with the children, people with disabilities and other groups. Experts from the Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy will also be consulted produce gender-balanced outputs.

Sending of Invitations: Gender balance (equal participation of male and female) will be observed during the actual Forum. During the sending of invitations to the participating economies and organizations, the Project Overseer will closely coordinate with them to confirm the significant number of female attendees. This will help balance the percentage of male and female attendees.

Participation of Female Speakers: There will be active involvement of female speakers in the Forum’s sessions. It will be specified in the invitations for speakers to incorporate gender consciousness and sensitivity as part of their discussions. Specifically, in Session 3: Responding to the ‘New Normal’: Lessons Learned and Best Practices; a female speaker will be invited to talk about gender sensitivity during disaster response.

Work Plan

1) February 2015: Submission of the Concept Note

2) March - April 2015: Drafting of the draft policy paper; and regular consultation with the EPWG chairs and the APEC Secretariat

3) May 2015: Conduct of 8th EPWG Meeting to discuss theupdates on the 9th SDMOF and to present the proposed policy paper to all the APEC member economies present in the meeting

4) June 2015: Submission of the Project Proposal to the APEC Secretariat; and consolidation of inputs from the member economies regarding the proposed policy paper.

5) June – July 2015: Sending of invitations for all speakers and participants; consolidation of presentations by the speakers; and finalization of the proposed policy paper as the output of the 9thSDMOF. There shall be continuous consultations with local and regional subject matter experts, the APEC member economies, the APEC Secretariat and other relevant entities.

6) August 2015: Finalization of substantive and administrative arrangements; regular consultation with the EPWG chairs and the APEC Secretariat; and final confirmation of attendance by all participants and speakers

7)  September 2015: Conduct of the 9th SDMOF

8) October 2015: Reporting and endorsement of the 9th SDMOF outputs to SOM.

Risks

Absence of delegates and speakers – This will be avoided by sending invitations to participants and speakers as early as June 2015 and keeping in touch with them by the Project Overseer. All attendance shall be confirmed until July 2015. Should there be concerns about the attendance, the Project Overseer shall be coordinating with all participants and speakers.

Delays in finalizing the proposed policy paper – To avoid delays in finalizing the policy paper, a draft policy paper has already been prepared, which was circulated during the 8th EPWG meeting on 14 May 2015. All member economies are then encouraged to submit their inputs and comments to the policy paper on or before 5 June 2015. This will give ample time to make the necessary revisions and finalize the policy paper. The final policy paper will then be presented on the 22-23 September 2015 for the subsequent adoption of the APEC member economies.

Language barriers – English will be used as the medium of communication during the Forum. However, during the sending of invitations and confirmation of attendees, the Project Overseer will also check on the preferred language of the delegates, participants and speakers. Translators may be hired as necessary for those delegates who are not familiar with the English language.

Typhoon – In the unlikely event of a typhoon on September 2015, there are several other possible venues for the hosting of the 9th SDMOF that can be considered. The Philippine government shall closely monitor the situation and give constant updates to the APEC member economies thru the APEC Secretariat and other relevant entities should there be changes in the venue of the SDMOF due to typhoon and other weather distrubances.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring the Preparations and Progress of the 9th SDMOF:  To monitor the preparations and progress of the Forum, a work plan shall be developed. The Project Overseer will regularly check on the work plan to ensure that the substantive and administrative preparations for the Forum are on track.

Several preparatory meetings and consultations with the relevant APEC entities will be conducted as indicated in the Work Plan. The policy paper will be developed based on the comments of the EPWG members and the rest of the APEC member economies. Local subject matter experts from the government, private sector, civil society organizations (CSOs) and the academe will be consulted as well to further enhance the paper contents. Once finalized, the draft policy paper, together with the agenda, list of participants and all other pertinent documents, will be circulated via email to the member economies. The Project Overseer will keep in touch with all stakeholders to solicit all inputs and feedback.

The following are the indicators that shall serve as bases for monitoring and measuring the Forum’s success:

Number of Attendees: The projected number of attendees for the SDMOF is around 112, broken down as follows:

APEC Member Economies (2 reps + 4 extension reps, 21 economies): 126

International Private Groups and Non-Government Organizations: 30

Local Attendees: 60

Support Team/Secretariat: 20

     Conference Management Team  - 6

     Documentation Team                - 3
     Note Taker Team                      - 3
     Administrative Support Team    -  8

Total : 236

The target is to achieve full participation of the above attendees, which means all the invited participants and speakers will be present in the Forum.

Quality of the SDMOF: To assess whether the objectives have been met, a feedback form will be accomplished by all participants. In the feedback form, the participants will be asked to evaluate the quality of the Forum based on the following rating scales: Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair and Poor.

The following items will be evaluated based on how well have they been accomplished and what are their impacts to the attendees:

· Objectives
·  Materials
·  Methodologies
·  Time Management
·  Speakers
·  Secretariat
·  Food
·  Venue
·  Gender Impact
·  Overall

The target is to obtain a rating of Excellent on the above items by the majority of the participants. They will be asked to give their comments and recommendations as well.

All of the accomplished feedback form will be collected after the Forum. The results of the feedback form shall be consolidated and treated with statistical analysis for reporting to the APEC EPWG and concerned entities. Local post-activity briefings and consultations will also be conducted. The feedback form shall also incorporate the measurement of gender impacts.

Adoption of the Policy Paper: Since one of the concrete outputs of the 9th SDMOF is the policy paper, success will be achieved if the Forum attendees will be able to develop, polish and finalize the contents of the said policy paper then arrive at a consensus to adopt it at the end of the Forum.

Linkages

The Forum is in line with the previous EPWG programs and accomplishments. Looking at the past major activities of the EPWG, several areas have already been covered such as business continuity planning, supply chain resiliency, information exchange, protection of investments and trade, mobility of emergency responders, and enhancement of inter-economy mechanisms. In the 5th SDMOF, public-private partnerships were highlighted. In the 6th SDMOF, the integration of national crisis management centers into international networks was emphasized. In the 7th SDMOF, the focus was on improving DRR and resiliency in the region. In the 8th SDMOF, the use of science and technology to strengthen DRR was underscored. Building from these previous works and achievements as foundation, the 9th SDMOF will then serve as a mechanism to bring to the fore the concept of new normal to APEC. It calls all economies to revisit the existing DRR programs and projects, harmonize all mechanisms, and consider new approaches to collectively address the new normal.

Engagement: The 9th SDMOF will be open to all organizations, both within and outside of APEC. Other relevant experts and representatives from non-APEC economies, UN and other international entities will be welcomed to participate in the Forum.

Previous work: Past APEC activities and EPWG engagements covered a wide range of topics such as business continuity planning and resiliency of SMEs, supply chain resiliency, information exchange, protection of investments and trade, and private-public partnerships. In the 8th SDMOF, the highlight was strengthening DRR using science and technology. Building from these previous works and achievements, the 9th SDMOF will then serve as a mechanisms to bring to the fore the concept of new normal. In recognition of the increasing disaster frequency and complexities, now is the time to revisit all existing programs and harmonize all approaches in order to collectively address the new normal. Ultimately, this calls for the development of a new paradigm following the whole-of-economy approach.

APEC’s Comparative Advantage: The 9th SDMOF is one of the activities under the scope of the EPWG, which is the APEC entity that is dedicated to promote disaster. The activities of EPWG are important primarily because of the fact that APEC is a disaster prone region. If disasters will remain unaddressed, APEC’s economic interests will be largely disrupted. Now, given the proliferation of the new normal and the worsening disaster situations, APEC’s government and business operations are at a threat. Therefore, the 9th SDMOF deserves the APEC funding support in order to produce the best outputs for the entirety of the region.

Sustainability

One important outcome of the 9th SDMOF is to increase the consciousness of the APEC leaders in DRR. Such consciousness can potentially help in the elevation of the Forum to a ministerial level meeting, a high level policy dialogue (opportunity of cross-fora discussion/collaboration), or other options for APEC engagement while the SDMOF retains its operations and arrangements. Once this is achieved, it will help enable the APEC leaders and key partners to further push for mainstreaming DRR across all related programs and activities. It will contribute to the prioritization of DRR and help in the development of stronger ties with the private sector, the local, regional and international organizations, and the communities when it comes to promoting resiliency. Moreover, it will enable economies to work with each other collectively develop APEC benchmarks and standards to ensure promote sustainable development amidst the proliferation of the new normal.

After the completion of the Forum, there will be subsequent meetings and follow-ups by the EPWG to check the status of the adoption of the policy paper by the rest of the APEC economies. To do this, a reporting template shall be developed to be accomplished by the APEC economies on a semi-annual basis. The report findings will then be analysed and interpreted to measure how far the economies have implemented their commitments to the 9th SDMOF. Consultations with experts and relevant APEC entities will be conducted as well to aid in the analysis and interpretation of the report submissions.

Based on the report submissions, the Philippines will recommend specific activities to the EPWG as follow-through to the commitments to the 9th SDMOF such as joint workshops, training and capacity building activities, and other collaborative DRR projects.

Project Overseers

The Project Overseer will be Director Romeo F Fajardo. Dir. Farjardo is currently the Civil Defense Deputy Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

Other main points of contact are as follows:

·  Mr. Marlon Obligado, Plans and Programs Division, OCD

·  Mr. Marvin Manzano, Office of the Civil Defense Deputy Administrator, OCD

·  Mr. Joe-Mar Perez, Education and Training Division, OCD

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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