The Connecting Business Initiative arranged an inter-networks learning visit for its Member Networks from Asia and the Pacific, including a prospective partner in Indonesia, to the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) Emergency Operations Center in Clark Freeport Zone in the Philippines on 19-20 March 2019. This event aimed to exchanging knowledge, while learning from the experience of PDRF’s Emergency Operation Center as a potential model of collaboration and inter-operability for the Pacific networks.
Participants from the Pacific Islands' private sector organization, Vanuatu Business Resilience Council and Indonesia’s Perkumpulan Perusahaan Tangguh Bencana joined representatives from the National Disaster Management Office in Fiji, th CBi Secretariat, OCHA Philippines and UNDP Country Offices in the Philippines.
Indonesia, Fiji, Vanuatu, the Philippines and the Pacific Island Countries and Territories are archipelagic nations in the Pacific Ocean that are exposed to similar hazards like earthquakes, storms (cyclones/ typhoons), storm surges, tsunamis, floods and volcanic eruptions, as well as faced by increasing risks from climate change impact. This visit was an opportunity for sharing knowledge and innovative approaches in managing a private sector network and also in preparing from, responding to and recovering from the similar hazards that these countries face.
Photo CBi: Mark Bidder, Head of Office, OCHA Philippines welcomes the participants