PRESIDENTIAL daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio visited the headquarters of Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) in Clark, Pampanga after the launching of the senatorial slate of Hugpong ng Pagbabago.
House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo invited Duterte-Carpio to see the PDRF, an organization created to better respond to disasters and other emergencies.
Arroyo was happy over the achievements of the PDRF that is making headway in disaster preparedness and management here and abroad.
PDRF president Butch Meily informed Arroyo and Duterte-Carpio that many countries have adopted the system being carried out by the PDRF to better respond to disasters.
“I am happy that the PDRF has been carrying out the purpose by which I had envisioned it to be not only for the Philippines but also for other countries. I would like to commend the dedication and commitment of our private sector in making sure that we are better prepared to deal with disasters,” she said.
Duterte-Carpio said she may adopt a similar project in her hometown.
“What we do not have in Davao is something like this na ‘yung private sector coming together and working together, but maybe we can learn something from the PDRF and do a more local thing in Davao. Doon kasi sa amin, when we have a disaster, we rely heavily on the facilities, the infrastructure of government, so, ito ‘yung magandang mix na kapag nag-merge ‘yung government and private sector,” the presidential daughter said.
The PDRF formerly known as Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation was established as a result of Executive Order 870 issued by Arroyo when she was President in 2010.
Arroyo issued the order in the aftermath of typhoons Ondoy, Pepeng and Frank, which killed hundreds and destroyed properties in many parts of the country. She wanted greater private sector participation in the reconstruction programs of the government in times of calamities and other emergencies.
Today, PDRF is the Philippines’ major private sector vehicle and coordinator for disaster management. It operates as the first 24/7 private sector-led Emergency Operations Center geared towards training for disaster preparedness and coordination of relief and response efforts during major disasters.