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Preparedness and resiliency for a vulnerable country

Mother Nature’s fury may be unstoppable but its destruction can be minimized.
 
A recently concluded forum held in Washington, D.C. focused on the need for preparedness and resiliency, especially in the Philippines, which U.S. State Department managing director for Overseas Citizens Services Michelle Bernier-Toth, described as “prone to natural disasters.”
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Partnerships for Disaster and Climate Resilience

Copies of presentations during the conference, "Partnerships for Disaster and Climate Resilience" are now available.
 
 
 
 
 
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Partnerships for disaster and climate resilience
 
CONTEXT: Natural hazards – storms, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, drought and landslides – occur regularly in the Philippines but disasters have increased in frequency and magnitude in recent years. The latest was Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on November 8,2013.
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PPP: A strategy to meet goals
 “What this program is showing us now is that public-private partnership is a good strategy toward the achievement of our goals. Together, we must continue to work hand-in-hand. Together we can do it.”
 
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Sibuyan Island is 3rd best in good health practice

Three municipalities of Sibuyan Island in Romblon have been making sure every barangay health worker (BHW) is given security of tenure and rightful benefits as a volunteer. And for doing this, the Sibuyan Inter-Local Health Zone (ILHZ) won third place in the Department of Health’s 2013 Inter-Local Health Zone Good Practice. The award came with a P200,000 cash prize.
   
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Mayors clamor for coordinated support in Eastern Visayas
As aid pours into typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) affected municipalities, mayors are asking that a well-coordinated system be in place for speedier recovery and rehabilitation. 
 
During a partnership meeting organized by Tabang Visayas and the Zuellig Family Foundation last month, Marabut Mayor Percival Ortillo Jr. noted the lack of a municipal system for donor assistance. “It is important to implement a centralized system at the municipal level to manage donor assistance with municipal priorities.” 
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HEALTH OUTCOMES MONITOR

ZFF aligned its goal to the country's Millennium Development Goals. This is to objectively assess health improvements (or lack of) in its partner-municipalities. Maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is given close attention in the monitoring because, as Health Secretary Enrique Ona puts it, "MMR serves as a sentinel information which can be a good gauge of the state of the entire health system."
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