The Ready to Rebuild (R2R): Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery Program is a joint program of the World Bank and the Philippine government through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

Ready to Rebuild aims to build the capacity of national and local governments to recover better and faster from natural disasters, climate risks, and human-induced disasters even before it happens. This covers pre-disaster and post-disaster activities from gathering disaster data, formulating a recovery plan and its subsequent financing and implementation, facilitating emergency procurement, crafting a communications strategy, and instituting monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

The program is designed for Local Government Units (LGUs) - Provinces, Cities, and Municipalities: local chief executives and their technical staff – planners, disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) officers, and budget officers. The Program empowers the participants to produce three key outputs which will enable them to prepare for disaster before they are faced with its impacts:

• Local Pre-Disaster Baseline Data which are the needed information for evidence-based disaster preparedness, response, and recovery;

• Local Disaster Risk Financing Strategy which will guide the financing of disaster recovery interventions; and

• Draft Local Rehabilitation and Recovery Program that provinces, cities, and municipalities can update and revise based on the impact of a disaster.

Now on its 5th batch of training, a total of 197 provinces, cities, and municipalities from all 17 regions were capacitated, translating to 924 governors, mayors, DRRM managers, planning and budget officers, and other technical staff who are now more equipped to deal with the aftermaths of disasters.

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