The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), in partnership with the World Bank (WB) launched the Ready to Rebuild program today, 4 March 2021 live through the ZOOM platform and joined by representatives from local chief executives across the country, NDRRMC member-agencies, representatives from the pirvate sector and media partners.

“The Ready to Rebuild Program is the perfect opportunity for us to capacitate ourselves more to better serve our constituencies, empower our communities against the calamities and disasters, and enable ourselves to save lives and livelihoods,” said National Defense Secretary and NDRRMC Chairman Delfin Lorenzana.

The Ready to Rebuild Program, developed by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) with support from the World Bank, aims to increase the capacity of local government units (LGUs) and their technical staff in post-disaster recovery. This includes developing local pre-disaster baseline data needed for rehabilitation and recovery planning, local disaster risk financing strategy to guide the financing of recovery, and draft local rehabilitation and recovery program which can be updated by LGUs based on the impacts of disasters.

“Our roles do not end with the last drop of the rainfall, last tremor of an earthquake, or the last household evacuated to safety. It does not even end upon the restoration of affected communities to their original state but stretches all the way until we make all communities more prepared for any eventuality,” added Sec. Lorenzana during the media launch of the Training Program.

The training, which will employ experiential learning, will be delivered online to at least 100 LGUs for 500 local chief executives and technical staff. It will be composed of 16 half-day sessions spread across five weeks. Four batches of at least 25 LGUs each are scheduled in April, June, August, and October 2021.

“We expect those who are participating in the Ready to Rebuild Program to have better grasp and appreciation of each crucial step towards preparedness. By doing so, they can be counted upon to fully deliver when the need arises which is very certain in a calamity-prone country like ours,” added Sec. Lorenzana.

“Formulating the Guide and building the capacity of LGUs to craft Recovery and Rehabilitation Plans show that the Government is ensuring we can build back better and faster. We are committed to supporting the Government and LGUs as they take on this important task,” said Ndiame Diop, World Bank Country Director for Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand, during the launch.

Proper planning is key to guide the recovery efforts and to build more resilient communities through improved structures, services and governance. This is why we formulated the Rehabilitation and Planning Guide which was adopted by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in 2019,” said NEDA Acting Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua

Leyte 4th District Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, Quirino Province Governor and Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) President Dakila Carlo Cua, Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco, and Bacolod City Mayor Bing Leonardia gave their messages of support for the program during the launching.

The RRPG is intended to help craft local recovery plans and implement them faster and with build back better standards. It drew lessons from previous disasters and incorporated global good practices, particularly in the area of disaster rehabilitation and recovery. It is also the first country-specific guide for both natural and human-induced disasters that is adopted for national and local levels

The Guide and the Training Program resources are available online through the NDRRMC website.