The DRR Guidelines was developed by NEDA in 2008 to enhance natural disaster risk reduction efforts in the local development planning process. It introduced a disaster risk assessment methodology that enables LGUs to identify areas at risk to natural disaster and the appropriate mitigation measures.
The DRR Guidelines were piloted in the Surigao del Norte and in the Ilocos and CARAGA Regions, whose Physical Framework Plans are already enhanced with DRR principles. NEDA has been promoting the use to LGUs in various regional fora.
The NEDA has been rolling out the DRR Guidelines through its “Integrating DRR/Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Project,” which is supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Australian Aid for International Development (AusAID). The Project incorporates climate change adaptations and sectoral impact parameters into the DRR Guidelines.
“We expect at least 50 provinces throughout the country to complete their DRR/CCA-enhanced Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plans by the end of 2011,” said Director Susan Jose of the NEDA-Regional Development Coordination Staff.