DEBATE: The UN praised Philippine disaster response as a global model. How have we improved and what do we have left to do?

03.16.2016

The UN hailed the Philippines' recent disaster response as a global model to follow. What else can we do, and in what ways do you think the Philippines is or is not a model of disaster risk response and reduction?

"In Haiyan’s aftermath, the Philippine government and aid agencies placed a renewed focus on disaster risk reduction and preparedness, emphasising the importance of early warning systems, clear evacuation points, pre-positioned aid in remote communities, and public education on safer places to build houses and plant crops."

Many of the Philippines' efforts to improve its disaster response and disaster risk mitigation have put communities at the heart of their preparedness strategies. This has been a welcome change that leverages both technology and local knowledge. What else can we do, and in what ways do you think the Philippines is or is not a model of disaster risk response and reduction? Read the article below and let us know in our comments.

Carla Kweifio-Okai, "UN hails Philippines' Typhoon Koppu response as model for others to follow," The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/oct/23/philippines-typhoon-koppu-un-hails-model-response-disaster-risk-reduction

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