Disaster resilience is theme of Development Policy Research Month

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Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) will be celebrated this year with the theme “Angkop na Kahandaan: Matatag na Ekonomiya at Lipunan” (“Investing in Risk Reduction for a Resilient Philippines”).

DPRM has been celebrated in the month of September each year since 2002.

This year’s theme recognizes the various economic, environmental, political, economic and social risks being faced by the country and people and underscores the importance of resilience thinking and the formulation of various policy interventions to build such resilience.

Policymakers are especially alerted to formulate interventions that will anticipate risks and minimize damage.

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) has been mandated to lead and coordinate activities commemorating Development Policy Research Month.

Organizations and offices are encouraged to organize events relevant to the theme.

The Small Enterprises Research and Development Foundation (SERDEF), for its part, is in the process of developing and negotiating a project with the Philippine Red Cross on the “Training of Red Cross Trainers on Business Continuity Planning for MSMEs.”

The prospective training seeks to develop the capability of micro, small and medium enterprises to anticipate, cope with and respond to disasters and other emergencies with assistance from Red Cross trainers.  This will enable the businesses to bounce back to normal operations as soon as possible after disaster has taken place.

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