July is the Philippines’ National Disaster Consciousness Month
Australia is steadfast in its support to the Philippines to deliver credible, comprehensive and accurate disaster information for a better prepared and more resilient community.
The Australian Embassy handed over the ”Handbook on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Local Design Practices” to DILG, DPWH and local government units. The handbook is a product of a year and a half long technical assistance of the Australian Government through DFAT and Australia’s CSIRO to DILG under the “ReStructure Project: Designing Resilient Structures.”
The Handbook introduces risk-based approach in designing resilient structures such as municipal hall, public market, school building, health center and evacuation centre to reduce risks and enhance adaptive capacities of the structures from earthquake, flood and severe wind. It will help government agencies, local governments and communities put into practice the build-back-better principle in retrofitting and constructing disaster and climate resilient structures. The Handbook will also be useful in other development endeavours of the private sector, non-government organizations, academe, and other bilateral and multilateral development partners.
Download the Handbook here.