From Disaster Preparedness to Resiliency: LGUs Leveling Up

Infographic on the LRRMF

MANILA – The Department of Interior and Local Government launches Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Manila Hotel, the LGU Resilience Readiness Monitoring Framework (LRRMF). A highlight of the event, Secretary Eduardo M. Año presents the Memorandum Circular enjoining all local government units to adopt the LRRMF.

The LRRMF is one of the key outputs of Disaster Risk Management and Institutional Strengthening (DRMIS), a project funded by the European Union through the French Development Agency. It adopts resilience as a holistic and proactive risk management system to reduce vulnerabilities, improve lifesaving services, adapt to changing conditions and empower citizens. The LRRMF uses a results-based diagnostic tool of the DILG to help local governments prepare for diverse challenges from natural hazards.

The LRRMF fosters networked resilience actions among sectors. It organizes five strategic risk governance outcomes essential to building resilient communities.

  • First, relevant disaster risk management organizations are functional.
  • Second, risk information and communication systems are reliable information on hazards, assets at risk.
  • Third, LGUs and private sector alike work to create safe built and natural environment.
  • Fourth, emergency and response system are efficient.
  • Fifth, critical services and facilities should be able to withstand different risks and continue to operate when disaster strikes.

This is essentially a more robust monitoring system that will give a better picture of how local governments and their partners are progressing towards becoming resilient communities. Two decision relevant information are expected to emerge from the monitoring results. First, DILG gets to know which capacities can be institutionalized. Second, it can better understand how LGUs capacity changes with risk and identify the critical areas where they really need assistance.

The DRMIS aims to improve the capacity of local government units in building disaster resilient communities. One of the project's strategies is scaling up of the disaster preparedness audit into LGU resilience readiness monitoring or LRRM framework. Its other outputs include strengthening the capacity of DILG on DRRM and DRR performance management; and, capacitating the LGUs to perform their disaster preparedness mandates.