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The devastating typhoons that hit the Philippines in 2009 prompted the Philippine government to establish the Special National Public Reconstruction Commission to evaluate typhoon risk factors and lead the recovery process. The Commission was a public-private partnership with a mandate to bring together the government and the private sector in organising the recovery process and to explore solutions to the flooding and destruction triggered by typhoons.
The Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) was set up as a business-led coordination body with the aim to address key gaps in disaster risk management and complementing the government in areas where it was restricted by limited capacities, budgetary constraints and/or bureaucratic challenges.
Its activities include:
- Livelihood-seeding programme to stimulate entrepreneurship, combat unemployment and restore economic health in disaster-affected communities;
- Grants to support the restoration of micro-retail businesses and stores;
- Emergency and evacuation centres;
- Reconstruction of classrooms and school buildings;
- Provision of educational and learning resource materials;
- School feeding programmes to combat malnutrition;
- Running sports clinics to foster overall wellness and psychosocial recovery of young disaster survivors through sports and camaraderie-building activities;
- Restoration and protection of natural resources by engaging local communities in environmental protection programmes and sustainable livelihood options;
- Managing mobile clinics and e-health centres;
- Reconstruction and restoration of public structures, buildings and transportation;
- Facilitating coordination and collaboration for disaster risk management among businesses, government and non-governmental organisations, as well as with international humanitarian organisations;
- Supporting individual companies, including small and medium-sized enterprises, to improve corporate disaster risk management and preparedness.
In 2020, PDRF responded to COVID-19, two typhoons, flooding and a volcanic eruption.
As part of the COVID-19 response, PDRF and its members provided PPE for hospitals, supported health care logistics and capacity-building and provided accommodation and ready-to-eat meals for front-line and health care workers. Through Project Ugnayan, they also collectively raised the equivalent of USD35 million to fund the distribution of grocery vouchers to 14.2 million people in poor communities in the Greater Manila Area. Moreover, through Project Pag-Asa, PDRF and its partner organizations supported 77 hospitals and institutions and increased the pandemic management capacities of over 2,100 health workers. In addition, PDRF launched the SIKAP platform, an online business hub, to help MSMEs respond to and recover from COVID-19.
The network also responded to a triple crisis in November: COVID-19 and Typhoons Goni and Vamco. PDRF lead the private-sector response, working closely with the Government, the United Nations and other humanitarian actors and visiting affected areas to assess and respond to damage. They deployed vehicles, medical supplies, drinking water, ready-to-eat meals, call and charging booths, relief packs and a team of engineers to restore communications in typhoon-hit areas. Beyond this, PDRF had 17 of its 60 active member companies on confirmed heightened alert status, coordinated at least 14 rescue operations and helped to rescue 67 individuals. The PDRF Emergency Operations Center monitored the situation and shared warnings and daily situational reports to its members. This was assisted by the Hazard and Disaster Analysis for Business Resilience (HANDA), a disaster information management platform based on geographic information system (GIS) mapping.
In addition to crisis response activities, the network reached 7,500 people though its business continuity activities, over 18,300 people via disaster risk reduction activities, supported 400 women microretailers in early recovery and provided policy recommendations on how to bolster micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by navigating paths towards recovery and resilience and identifying gaps in these processes.
To learn more about the network, please go to the PDRF website.