The Philippines has highlighted its national development plan which aims to improve the lives of all people in thriving and resilient communities, including its shift to focus on disaster risk reduction, at the recent UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development.
In her statement delivered at the thematic review on “Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies: Building Resilience” during the HLPF, deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Kira Christianne D. Azucena acknowledged the Philippines as among the countries most vulnerable to disasters and to the adverse effects of climate change.
“The Philippines has significantly shifted from disaster response to disaster risk reduction in government policies and programmes, especially in the areas of hazard mapping, early warning systems, and disaster preparedness,” said Ms Azucena.
These policies and programmes include the creation of the National Resilience Council in 2017 tasked to establish Resilient Cities in the country, and the collaboration with the World Bank on the first-ever natural disaster insurance system program worth $206m that provides coverage against losses from major typhoons and earthquakes to national government assets in participating provinces.
The Philippines is also working closely with ASEAN partners on a disaster-risk financing strategy in the region.
Deputy Permanent Representative Azucena likewise stressed that there is a need to fill the information gap and prioritise data collection to facilitate the crafting of good policies.
“In this regard, the Philippines, with partners, is actively involved in developing whole-of-government, multi-stakeholder data roadmaps that will generate and monitor data for the 230 unique indicators and 169 targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” she added.
The HLPF is the main UN platform on sustainable development, and it has a central role in the follow-up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals at the global level.