Gov Salceda asked to share disaster management expertise in VietnamBy Rhaydz B. (Philippines News Agency)

Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, United Nations senior champion for disaster risk reduction management for local government units, has been invited by the CSR Asia and the Prudence Foundation to speak during the upcoming annual Disaster Preparedness Forum in Hanoi, Vietnam, in July to share his knowledge on disaster preparedness.

The forum is an annual event hosted by the CSR Asia and sponsored by the Prudence Foundation.

The event is expected to draw the attendance of more than 150 participants and be widely covered by the media, based on the success of the previous year’s forum.

In a letter sent by CSR Asia chairman Richard Welford to Salceda, he requested the Albay governor to impart his disaster management expertise in Vietnam in the Third Annual Disaster Preparedness Forum.

This year’s forum, entitled Creating Values through Strategic Partnerships, will focus on bringing together key leaders in business, humanitarian and government sectors across the Asia-Pacific Region to help advance and form strategic partnerships for community disaster preparedness, Welford said.

Salceda will be participating in the panel that will deal on The Evolving Role of Business in Community Disaster Preparedness and the Need for Strategic Partnership.

The Third Annual Disaster Preparedness Forum seeks to coordinate efforts among various sectors to significantly reduce post-disaster recovery spending, damages and losses.

The significant social and economic costs of recent disasters in Thailand, Japan and the Philippines highlight the need to invest in disaster preparedness for more effective response and recovery, Welford said.

Participants in the forum are expected to learn about opportunities for businesses to address disaster-related community needs through partnerships that leverage each sector’s unique competencies and create value for all involved.

Both our organizations are committed to strengthening the role the business sector can play in helping communities build capacities for disaster preparedness, response and recovery, Welford said.

Salceda will also present in the session a paper entitled Creating an Enabling Environment for Strategic Business Engagement.

Among the other expected panelists are Oliver Lacey-Hall, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs regional director for Asia and the Pacific; Augustine Anthuvan, Channel News Asia editor; Nick Finney, Save the Children regional director of Asia; and Mark Fancy, Prudence Foundation executive director.

Fancy said the forum would be an excellent platform to foster public-private dialogue and showcase the important work undertaken by the province of Albay.

Welford and Fancy further said they sincerely hope Salceda will accept their invitation to speak about his approach and experience with engaging the business sector in the area of disaster preparedness. (PNA)