According to Early detection, action to help PH mitigate impact of disasters, FAO says | Inquirer News, in order to minimize damage, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) advises the Philippines to identify natural catastrophes and dangers, provide warnings, and take appropriate measures.
According to a study cited by the FAO, the Philippines is the nation with the greatest chance of experiencing both slow-onset catastrophes like droughts and catastrophic disasters like tropical cyclones.
Hang Thi Thanh Pham, a senior resilience officer for the FAO, has advocated for enhanced disaster management in the nation, claiming that innovative methods are required to guarantee the security and welfare of the populace.
When a calamity is underway, we can't keep controlling it. Pham remarked during an orientation conference on Anticipatory Action and Adaptive and Shock Responsive Social Protection held in Makati City on Thursday that we need to start controlling the risk, comprehending what other hazards exist and how to prevent them.
She added that natural risks had been exacerbated by COVID-19 and tropical cyclones. Pham talked about the tenets of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for social protection in the wake of disasters and preparedness for emergencies.
Preparation is essential in a society when disasters happen suddenly, she said. It is necessary to take these actions in advance: information gathering, institutional capacity assessment, social protection plan creation, and funding acquisition.
In discussing these guidelines, Ruth Georget, a special protection specialist for the FAO, emphasized how combining social and anticipatory action will improve the scalability, timeliness, predictability, and appropriateness of benefits in the event of shocks while also maximizing the use of current systems for preventing disasters.
Prior to a shock or before acute effects are felt, anticipatory action is defined by the FAO as the steps taken to prevent or mitigate potential disaster impacts. Social protection is defined by the FAO as the policies and programs that help people and societies manage risk and protect them from poverty and inequality.
She discussed how swift intervention was beneficial during an El Nio-related drought in Mindanao that was found by the FAO in July 2018. She highlighted the value of taking precautions.
Her study, which was published months after their monitoring procedure, claimed that the World Health Organization predicted that there would be a 70% risk of El Nio in the country in the fourth quarter of 2018 until the beginning of 2019.
The FAO conducted initiatives including small-scale pumps, irrigation systems, vegetable seeds, fertilizers, mallard ducks, and more after warning residents in Mindanao of the potential effects of the drought on the 2018 crop harvest and the early 2019 planting season.