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COTABATO CITY—The World Bank is gearing up to provide technical assistance dubbed ‘PlanSmart Ready-to-Rebuild (R2R) Program’ for the Bangsamoro Government’s capacity on preparedness and recovery for natural disasters and climate risks.
On Friday, Jan. 6, the World Bank held a series of video presentations and orientations via physical and online teleconference in coordination with the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA) and Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG).
BARMM Coordinator of World Bank, Norhana Kamid, said the R2R program orientation was conceptualized after Tropical Storm Paeng hardly hit the region areas last October 28, 2022.
“R2R Program provides the “how” — how to prepare people, communities, and local governments to be more resilient and ready to respond and recover from disasters better and faster,” she said.
Accordingly, the ‘Ready to Rebuild: Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery Program’ is a joint program of the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NRRMC), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and World Bank (WB).
The said joint program covers pre-disaster and post-disaster activities such as gathering baseline data, formulating a recovery plan, financing , facilitating emergency procurement and implementation, crafting a communications strategy, and developing Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) mechanisms.
BPDA Chief of Peace, Public Order, Safety and Security Division (PPOSSD), Gil Cambronero, expressed his gratitude to the World Bank in facilitating the acquiring of knowledge, skills and abilities in the crafting of recovery plans.
“This orientation would enable us to craft the recovery plan easily,” Cambronero said.
The R2R is also a capacity-building program designed for governors, mayors, disaster risk municipal officers, planners, and budget officers to speedup their preparations and implementations of their respective recovery plans and programs.
Also present at the event were MILG Disaster Risk Management Division Chief Mauricio Civiles and Hasim Guiamil, Disaster Risk Management Division Chief of the Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD). (Kasan Usop, Jr/BIO)