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National Business Forum on SME Development and Disaster Resilience in the Philippines

National Business Forum on SME Development and Disaster Resilience in the Philippines

National Business Forum on SME Development and Disaster Resilience in the Philippines

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A-PAD Philippines joins the National Business Forum on SME Development and Disaster Resilience in the Philippines on July 26-27, 2016 at the New World Makati Hotel, Makati City, Philippines.

A-PAD Philippines, through its secretariat, Citizens’ Disaster Response Center Foundation, Inc., signed a memorandum of agreement with major DRRM stakeholders in the country for its commitment to strengthen the efforts for the disaster resilience of micro-small-medium enterprises.

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Major stakeholders on disaster preparedness initiatives in the country participate in the National Business Forum on SME Development and Disaster Resilience in the Philippines
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Mr Aslam Perwaiz, the Team Lead of iPrepare Business Facility of Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, welcomes everyone to the national forum and provides an overview on iPrepare Business
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Welcome Address: Mr. George T. Barcelon – the President of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
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Welcome Remarks: Mr Rene “Butch” S. Meily, President of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF)
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Welcome Remarks: Ms Zenaida Maglaya, Undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry
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Usec. Maglaya shares the location of MSMEs in the Philippines
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The Department of Trade and Industry gives an overview of the MSME Development Plan
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The Department of Trade and Industry shares the situation of MSMEs in the Philippines
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Keynote Address on MSME Growth and Development Initiatives by Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV
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Keynote Address on MSME Growth and Development Initiatives by Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV
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Keynote Address on Disaster Resilience in the Philippines and the Role of the Private Sector by Retired General Ricardo Jalad, Executive Director of Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)
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A-PAD Philippines, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), and Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. sign a Memorandum of Understanding for their commitment to strengthen MSME Disaster Resilience in the Philippines
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Ms Lourdes Louella E. Escandor, Board of Trustees of Citizens’ Disaster Response Center Foundation, Inc. (CDRC) and one of the founding members of A-PAD, represents A-PAD Philippines in the MOU signing
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Ms. Liza Fidelis Cañada, Director of the Office of the Civil Defense, explained the Philippines’ DRRM legal framework which is provided under Republic Act 10121.
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Mr. Jerry T. Clavesillas, the Director of the Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), provided background on the iPrepare Business project, describing the various activities undertaken including the survey on understanding MSME resilience, stakeholder consultations and participation in the Asian Business Forum in Bangkok. The project activities will culminate with a formulation of a country roadmap towards disaster resilience in which inputs will come from the forum participants.
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Mr. Aslam Perwaiz, Team Lead for iPrepare Business Facility of Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, highlights the function of iPrepare Business Program. The facility caters to the needs of building resilience of enterprises, as well as engaging the business sector in the wider disaster risk reduction agenda.
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Open Forum on working “Towards a Roadmap for SME Resilience in the Philippines” with Ms. Cañada of Office of the Civil Defense, Mr. Clavesillas of the Department of Trade and Industry, and Mr. Perwaiz of iPrepare Business Facility of Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
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Mr. Guillermo M. Luz, the Senior Adviser of Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), highlighted the importance of investing in disaster resilience.
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Mr. Jose Eduardo Diosdado S. Llanes, the Head of Sustainability Department of SM Prime, shared the SM Prime’s disaster resilience and sustainability programs that are based on the company’s objective to ensure the longevity of their business and safeguard local communities.
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Mr. Jose Gerardo F. Sace, the Vice President for Business Continuity Management of Nestle Philippines, Inc., shared Nestle Philippines’ business continuity management principle and green business practices, such as, Balik- baterya, waste segregation, land fill, discharge treatment and water consumption monitoring.
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Open forum on “The Role of the Business Sector in Strengthening Disaster Resilience” with Mr. Luz of PDRF, Mr. Llanes of SM Prime, and Mr. Sace of Nestle Philippines
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Mr. Ade Reno Sudiarno, the Resilience Building Coordinator of Oxfam in Indonesia, highlighted the importance of shared values and objectives as a requisite for collaboration among SMEs, government and NGO.
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Mr. Sudiarno presented their BCP project on Tiku Selatan Village, West Sumatra where they focused on business impact analysis, business continuity planning, integrating DRRM and business development, public private partnership, and advocacy on government policies.
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Mr. Jerick Axalan, the Sustainable Livelihood Manager of Oxfam Philippines, shared Oxfam Philippines’ experiences in introducing BCM in the province of Estern Samar. MSMEs, according to him, were impacted as their facilities were devastated, workers were harmed and supply chains were disrupted.
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Oxfam extended assistance through capacity building, capital to restart business and link to insurance service providers. In 2015, Oxfam started the program to introduce BCP. They help MSMEs in identifying threats, critical activities and resources needed to recover.
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Ms. Florian Rhiza Nery, Business Continuity and Planning Consultant of Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), presented the experiences Building Economic Resilience for MSMEs and Communities in Brgy Pitogo Makati City, implemented by PDRF and HSBC.
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Open forum on “Case Studies-Building Tools and Capacities for Resilient Business Community” with Mr. Axalan of Oxfam Philippines, Mr. Sudiarno of Oxfam Indonesia, and Ms. Nery of PDRF
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Dr. Yolanda Agawa of Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA)
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A-PAD Philippines Participants from Visayas
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