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New tool to support LGU catastrophe rehabilitation and recovery operations.
Local government units (LGUs) affected by disasters will be able to create rehabilitation, and recovery plans right away, according to the Office of Civil Defense’s (OCD) recently established PlanSmart Ready to Rebuild web platform (RRPs).
“This software will greatly help LGUs plan for speedy and resilient recovery,” OCD Administrator, Undersecretary Raymundo Ferrer, said in a statement Wednesday night. “It will systematically develop RRPs utilizing science-based information and Pro-forma templates.”
The automated planning tool PlanSmart Ready to Rebuild is designed to revolutionize the nation’s disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) planning procedures by assisting the government, particularly local government units (LGUs), to prepare for disasters more effectively and to rebuild better and more quickly.
“We applaud the creation of the PlanSmart Ready to Rebuild app and its capacity-building support program as tools for our local government units, which are leading the way in reducing and managing disaster risks, “said Ferrer, who also serves as the executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
The software was released on Wednesday in collaboration with the World Bank by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), NDRRMC, and OCD.
According to DOST Secretary Renato Solidum Jr., “Through PlanSmart, I hope we will have a geospatially enabled the Philippines where we assess data, time, and place together for improved analysis and decision-making.”
The software helps evidence-based decision-making and disaster preparation while accelerating the creation of RRPs.
It is a spinoff of the Ready to Rebuild (R2R) Program run by OCD and the GeoRiskPH Integrated Platform created by DOST that enables LGUs to construct an RRP using a Pro-forma document template automatically.
The World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery (GFDRR) firmly support this initiative spearheaded by our national government partners. The PlanSmart Ready to Rebuild app is just the first in a line of planning tools being created on the PlanSmart platform, which is another thing that makes us happy. According to Ndiamé Diop, Country Director for the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Brunei at the World Bank, “this is an opportunity to continue emphasizing the importance of access to risk information to support thorough hazard and risk assessments and data sharing among national government agencies, LGUs, and the public for science-based planning and investment programming.
The PlanSmart Ready to Rebuild launch also marks the commencement of capacity-building efforts to enable LGUs to use the app to establish their local RRPs, notably data managers, DRRM officers, planning officers, and other employees participating in disaster rehabilitation and recovery programs.
“I’m urging our local government units to use this PlanSmart Ready to Rebuild app to its fullest in all facets of their disaster risk management, including recovery and rehabilitation, readiness, response, and prevention processes, mechanisms, and strategies. I also encourage our local government units to fill up the baseline data in the GeoRiskPH Integrated Platform to enhance the platform’s database so that we can use the PlanSmart Ready to Rebuild program effectively and efficiently DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr.
More than 400 participants from 137 LGUs in the National Capital Region, Calabarzon, Bicol, Central Visayas, and Caraga will receive training during the program’s trial phase.
Graduates of the R2R Program, those who already have GeoRiskPH Memorandum of Agreements with DOST-Phivolcs, and LGUs located in regions identified by the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation, and Disaster Risk Reduction as being particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and disasters will all participate in the pilot run.
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