Three Country RTD on the Best Practices in Engaging People’s Democratic Participation in DRRM and CCA

The three country Round Table Discussion (RTD) on the Best Practices in Engaging People’s Democratic Participation in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) came at the heels of the new climate agreement in Paris. The event was supported by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and the Government of Quezon City.

In 14 December 2015, Monday, from 8am to 5pm the Round Table Discussion was conducted at the University Hotel at the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, Quezon City. The RTD gathered 30 representatives from the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan from People’s Organizations, Civil Society Organziations, Government, and the Academe. The Philippine participants included Mayor Herbert M. Bautista of Quezon City, survivors’ collectives nad organizations, CSOs, and the academe. Foreign participants were Ms. Tran Thi Thanh Toan of the Vietnam-based NGO Center for Sustainable Rural Development and Dr. Ying-Hao Huang of the Taiwan Indigenous Dmavun Development Association. The RTD participants note the experiences of Haiyan and Bopha survivors from Eastern Visayas and Mindanao where private-led responses coupled with heavy militarization effected the further displacement, dispossession, and increased vulnerabilities of typhoon survivors. Private-led responses promote the interests of a few private businesses in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of typhoon affected areas while a combination with militarism resulted to intimidation, wide-spread displacement, and human rights violations among typhoon survivors. As a counterpose to those experiences, the principles of people-centered, democratic, community-based and led, and human rights-based responses must be placed squarely at the center of any DRRM (especially rehabilitation and reconstruction) and CCA effort. Also, the people’s right to development must be upheld towards strengthening the people’s climate resilience.

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