Thursday, September 4, 2014

UNICEF gives P 8.6M for Albay's health projects, DRR tools

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 3 (PNA) -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) allocated Php 8.6 million for Albay's health projects to develop tools and training modules in assessing health system resilience, UNICEF Country Representative for the Philippines Lotta Sylwander said.

The UNICEF forged a partnership with the provincial government of Albay and the Bicol University led by its President Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya to develop resilient systems and build the capacities of local governments and national agencies on disaster risk reduction (DRR) projects here.

Sylwander said the partnership is in recognition of the great work of Albay as model of a climate change adaptation (CCA) and DRR.

"This partnership is in recognition of the great work of Albay Governor Joey Salceda in the area of climate change and disaster risk reduction. We want to tap the rich experience and expertise of Governor Salceda and his team to build systems and approaches that will help make other local governments more resilient," she added.

The partnership initially covers projects on health and DRR where the UNICEF poured in US 0,000 or an equivalent of PHP 8.6 million.

Cedric Daep, chief of Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), who represented the governor, said the project will greatly help in improving DRR by giving full support to the children -- making them more resilient, physically and psychologically.

Lauraya said her office entered into an agreement with UNICEF and the provincial government of Albay to make the higher institution closer to the community, specifically to the grassroots and local government units, as the best line of defense in DRR management.

"We developed partnership with local government units and provincial government officials led by Governor Joey Salceda as this is a very good opportunitybecause we're offering Master in Disaster Science. I'd like to thank UNICEF and the provincial government of Albay for giving this wonderful partnership to build a resilient community," Lauraya said.

Albay is the pilot area in the country for this remarkable program of the UNICEF and the tools that will be developed will be shared to 70 provinces across the country, where the children will be part of the DRR resiliency. (PNA) CTB/FGS/RBB/CBD/UTB