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Leyte, Albay to sign MOU to strengthen provincial DRRMO

TACLOBAN CITY, May 29 — The provincial government of Leyte is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Albay LGU for a twinning partnership focusing on the capacity building of Leyte Province’s Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) this June 9.

The partnership is expected to improve climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction inputs to planning at the provincial and municipal level in Leyte.

Denise Rollins, USAID Asia Bureau’s Acting Assistant Administrator and Gloria Steele, Mission Director of USAID Philippines will both sign as witness to the MOU. Rollins will be in Leyte for a five-day visit to affirm USAID’s support for the rehabilitation of Leyte Province.

USAID, through its Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project, has allotted USD 1.5 million for the recovery and rehabilitation of damaged water systems in Leyte.

It facilitated the twinning between Leyte and Albay provinces through WaterLinks, a nongovernmental organization that creates water operator partnerships throughout Asia using a peer-to-peer approach.

The devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), brought a heightened interest in disaster preparedness in Leyte province.

Under the MOU, Leyte and Albay will share knowledge and expertise and implement activities such as technical trainings, and sharing of innovative technologies and approaches, consultations, classroom discussions and on-the-job training, study visits, scenario base drills and peer review of existing plans and activities.

“I am glad and thankful for this partnership with the USAID. In this changing climate, an improved disaster risk capacity response will help us bounce back from the impact of any disaster and increase our capability to become more resilient,” Gov. Petilla said.

The Be Secure Project will also sign MOUs with three other water districts in Leyte for the repair and rehabilitation of vital water supply facilities that were damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda. The construction work will incorporate climate resiliency features to “build back better” the facilities that were damaged.

In June 9, the Be Secure Project will officially hand over the approved technical design plans of the rehabilitation work to the Baybay Water District, Metro Carigara Water District, and the Municipality of MacArthur, Leyte which operates the MacArthur Waterworks.

Efforts in these three water districts will benefit 62,000 people. (PNA)

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