EMI once again partnered with the Quezon City (QC) government for the Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Land Use Planning: Developing the Competencies, Tools, and a Community of Practice Project. On August 13, 2015, EMI team met with department heads and representatives from the Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO), City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS), Department of Building Official, Engineering Department, Parks Development and Administration Department (PDAD), Environment Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD), Health Department, Social Service Development Department (SSDD) and Housing Community Development and Resettlement Department at the Quezon City Hall to officially launch and present the objectives of the project.
The project will support QC officials with the necessary technical competencies and tools to engage in risk sensitive land use planning (RSLUP) and aspire to start a community of risk-aware officials who can share best practices in planning to other practitioners. The team will engage in the following training and mentoring sessions on risk-sensitive and land use planning to reinforce and build the competencies of the Quezon City Technical Working Group (QC TWG) members:
- Risk Sensitive Land Use Planning (RSLUP) in the HLURB Guidelines; Introduction to GIS and Visualizing Hazards, Vulnerability, and Risk
- GIS Skills Training: Identifying Risk Hotspots
- RSLUP and Hazard Overlay Zoning (Workshop)
- RSLUP and Hazard Overlay Zoning (Forum)
- Communicating lessons Learned
The TWG will be able to identify real hazards, risks, and vulnerabilities in Quezon City and use this information to create a practical, stakeholder-approved initial plan for land-use and Hazard Overlay Zones in Quezon City.
After the five training sessions, the Project will conduct a forum to share and disseminate the learning process and outcomes of the project with other local government units.
Aside from the TWG, national agencies such as the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), Office of Civil Defense National Capital Region (OCD-NCR), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) will serve as the advisory group to provide further inputs and guidance, validate outputs, and provide relevant national policies and directions to the project.
This project is co-funded by the Oscar M. Lopez Foundation and EMI. It will run from February 2015 to February 2016.
Quezon City and EMI has been working together for more than five (5) years to strengthen the capacity of Quezon City in disaster risk management.
“Quezon City is already a champion in DRR and we could’nt have done it without EMI’s help”, said General Elmo San Diego, Head, Disaster Risk Reduction Council.