Makati City was tagged as World Champ for Disaster Risk Reduction by WB Funded Group
Makati once again added another title that distinguishes it from other cities in the country and even in South East Asia. The Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDFR), a group funded by the World Bank considers the city as “disaster risk reduction champions” together with two other foreign countries.
Just last May this year, Makati was hailed by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNIDSR) as “Role Model City” for its campaign for “making cities resilient.” In 2008 the World Bank also proclaimed the city as one of “East Asia’s Climate Resilient Cities.”
The GFDRR currently conducts a study visit between the representatives of the three “champion cities,” that includes Kathmandu in Nepal and Quito, Ecuador. The said event happens in Quito and delegates from the three cities are expected to share practices and regulations in implementing safety procedures and risk reduction programs.
Makati mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay together with seven key officials are now on Nepal for the South-South Cooperation Programme of the GFDRR. The three cities are set to have activities that will help the better understanding of community building structures and steps that could be taken by city officials to reduce risks during disasters.
“Our ultimate goal is to make our cities ready whatever may be the kind of disaster that will hit us. With our sharing, we can strengthen our practices, programs, and preparations,” Binay said. Makati is the Philippines premier city for business and is known for its high rise buildings.