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PDRF is very active on multiple fronts, for
- PDRF responded to over 20 crises coordinating private sector’s support during 2016-2020. In 2020, PDRF responded to COVID-19, two typhoons, flooding
,and a volcanic eruption.
- As part of the COVID-19 response, PDRF and its members provided personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals, supported health care logistics and capacity-building and provided accommodation and ready-to-eat meals for frontline and healthcare workers. Together with partners, PDRF raised US$35 million to fund the distribution of grocery vouchers to 14.2 million people in poor communities in the Greater Metro Manila Area. Moreover, PDRF and its partner organizations supported 77 hospitals and institutions and increased the pandemic management capacities of over 2,100 health workers. In addition, PDRF launched the SIKAP platform, an online business
resiliencehub, to help MSMEs respond to and recover from COVID-19.
- The network also responded to a triple crisis in November: COVID-19 and Typhoons Goni and Vamco. PDRF
ledthe private-sector response, working closely with the Government, the United Nations and other humanitarian actors and visiting affected areas to assess and respond to damage. They deployed vehicles, medical supplies, drinking water, ready-to-eat meals, call and charging booths, relief packs and a team of engineers to restore communications in typhoon-hit areas. Beyond this, PDRF had 17 of its 60 active member companies on confirmed heightened alert status, coordinated at least 14 rescue operations and helped to rescue 67 individuals. The PDRF Emergency Operations Center monitored the situation and shared warnings and daily situational reports to its members. This was assisted by the Hazard and Disaster Analysis for Business Resilience (HANDA), a disaster information management platform based on geographic information system (GIS) mapping.
- In addition to crisis response activities, the network reached 7,500 people
throughits business continuity activities, over 18,300 people via disaster risk reduction activities, supported 400 women micro -retailers in early recovery and provided policy recommendations on how to bolster MSMEs by navigating paths towards recovery and resilience and identifying gaps in these processes.
For more information, please visit: www.pdrf.org
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