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The importance of public-private partnerships for disaster resilience

The Public Service Continuity Planning (PSCP) was carried out by the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) for the national government and local government units to emphasize the significance of public and private sector collaboration while responding to crises and disasters.

The roundtable discussion was held on Friday at a hotel in Cubao in collaboration with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and participants from the Makati and Quezon City administrations participated.

It was a component of PDRF’s “Project KoNeK” (Komunidad at Negosyo tungo sa Katatagan or Communities and Businesses toward Resiliency), which aims to give local communities the tools they need to reduce their vulnerability to disaster and manage their aftermath.

Project KoNeK provides LGUs and national line agencies with crisis planning tools, according to a statement made over the weekend by Veronica Gabaldon, executive director of the PDRF.

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), OCD-National Capital Region, and officials from Manila Water and Maynilad also made sure that there would be no disruption in the water supply during a crisis.

Water, electricity, and telecommunications were seen as crucial lifelines, and utility providers were expected to ensure the delivery of these services in case of an interruption, as it had been decided at earlier PSCP meetings.

Water is a vital resource, according to PDRF President Butch Meily.

“It is essential to guarantee that it is delivered continuously throughout any calamity. Meily remarked during the meeting, “We believe the session will result in better public-private cooperation that can be duplicated with the other lifeline service providers, such as power and telecommunications.

Local government units (LGUs) heavily rely on water concessionaires to ensure supplies in the worst-case scenario. The vulnerability assessment also noted the severe effects of water interruption in hospitals, health centers, markets, evacuation centers, clinics, and other entities offering protective services.

Some of the alternatives considered were the stronger cooperation between LGUs and the water concessionaires and developing policy suggestions to enhance supply continuity.

Manila Water, Maynilad, and MWSS all understood how critical it was to collaborate with their government counterparts and establish a culture of preparedness for any calamity.

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