Smart urges private sector-LGU linkup for disaster preparedness

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by SMART Public Affairs Aug 04, 2014

[4 August 2014] Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has called on the private sector to join hands with the local government units (LGUs) to promote effective disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation strategies.

Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has called on the private sector to join hands with the local government units (LGUs) to promote effective disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation strategies.

Smart, in partnership with the Corporate Network for Disaster Response (CNDR), has been replicating the Albay Province’s disaster management model to other LGUs via the Noah’s Ark Project, which was among the telco’s initiatives that were presented at the recent Disaster Preparedness Forum that was organized by CSR Asia.

Ramon R. Isberto, head of Public Affairs at Smart, and CNDR president, gave the keynote speech that underscored the need for both public and private sectors to shift from disaster response to disaster preparedness in light of the country’s increasing vulnerability to extreme weather events and other calamities.

In his presentation, Isberto showed the various hazards faced by Albay, including volcanic eruptions, lahar flows, landslides, typhoons, floods, storm surges, earthquakes and tsunamis, and how the provincial government was able to face these disasters with zero casualties, thanks to its efficient and effective disaster management program.

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