By Roy Mabasa
The Philippines and Mexico are keen on signing an agreement to focus on enhancing cooperation and coordination between the two countries, including exchange of experiences and best practices, on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and management.
The agreement was reached during a bilateral meeting between the two countries held in Cancun.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, during the meeting, the two parties discussed the importance of preventive measures when dealing with risks and hazards and of education and information and public awareness campaigns about DRR for their respective populations.
The DFA said the two sides have realized that coordinated action is necessary in order to succeed in contributing to resilience of the international community, both governments will soon begin discussions with a view to signing an MOU on DRR.
The Philippine delegation, composed of government agencies and stakeholders coming from the private sector, academe, civil society organizations/NGOs (non government organizations), visited Cancun, Mexico to attend the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, an international forum of policy makers and DRR managers that will review and discuss the progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR.
The Global Platform is scheduled to end May 26 with an outcome document that intends to reflect specific, concrete and practical measures to continue Sendai Framework implementation over the following two years.
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