Thursday, October 3, 2013

Helping make Metro Manila more resilient

Reiner Gloor in Business World Weekender: Government and economic activities are mostly concentrated in large, densely populated metropolitan areas. When disasters strike in these cities, the impact on lives and properties can be enormous and catastrophic.

...Early this week, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino and PHAPCares Foundation President Thomas Weigold signed a Memorandum of Agreement that will pave the way for a public-private partnership in health through the donation of P3 million worth of life-saving medicines for a period of three years. The agreement seeks to augment government resources as well as support the agency in its task of implementing policies and programs that would help ensure the resiliency of Metro Manila residents from natural disasters and other emergencies.

The MMDA-PHAPCares Foundation partnership recognizes that disasters pose an enormous threat to the lives and health of people living in Metro Manila and other densely populated cities. Metro Manila alone is said to have a population of 12 million, with many living in low-lying and river areas. During the MoA signing, Chairman Tolentino referred to the partnership as “a big blessing” as it would assist the agency in the performance of its public health mandate. The agreement is envisioned to help the MMDA to immediately and aptly respond to the medical needs of disaster victims as well as agency frontliners, service providers and responders.

MMDA General Manager Corazon Jimenez, meanwhile, said that the partnership would complement the health programs of the agency, aimed at caring for their 7,000 personnel composed of disaster responders, traffic enforcers, street sweepers, sewerage sweepers, and flood control personnel. Due to the nature of their jobs, MMDA personnel are susceptible to both infectious and non-communicable diseases....

Manila's skyline, shot by Theurbanhistorian, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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