Office of Civil Defense earlier today held a virtual town hall on "Disaster Risk Governance in the New Normal," as part of the culmination of the National Disaster Resilience Month.

The town hall tackled perspectives of the speakers on various disaster risk governance concepts.

OCD Administrator Ricardo Jalad initiated the discussion by providing insights on how the governance is shaping in the new normal, while Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Bernardo Florece Jr. discussed the role of local government units in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management as well as the linkage between the government and business sector in disaster risk governance.

Other speakers including Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong also shared ideas on employing governance amid the pandemic and discussed how the local government of Baguio is responding to the situation.

Meanwhile, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) President Rene Meily further discussed programs and the collective effort between the private sectors and government.

Center for Disaster Preparedness Foundation Inc. Executive Director Loreine Dela Cruz provided insights on the role of governance in developing community empowerment.

Dela Cruz tackled key points encompassing the role of leaders and communities in bringing empowerment.

Lastly, National Resilience Council President Ma. Antonia Yulo Loyzaga presented concepts on evidence-based risk governance.

Moreover, in his opening remarks, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Chairperson and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana commended the OCD for its continuous efforts to deliver capacity building and training programs through online platforms.