Four Priority Areas
Over 90% of private sector organizations in the country is comprised of small and medium enterprises. Millions of Filipinos depend on these business for their livelihood and income and hence it is important to develop programs and policies that ensure the viability of these businesses amidst the constant threat of disasters.
In spite of the aggressive push from public and private institutions like ARISE-Phillippines for more disaster risk reduction programs and polices, many communities and businesses are still focused on disaster response. The network, through its linkages with potential investors, is working at encouraging more investments on disaster risk reduction and resilience. With more investments in risk reduction, business and communities will be compelled to follow suit and embrace this approach at managing disasters.
Insurance and re-insurance play a major role in ensuring communities and businesses are able to bounce forward better in the event of a disaster. Unfortunately, insurance and re-insurance penetration in the Philippines is still very small.
ARISE-Philippines is working with partners and collaborators to promote insurance and re-insurance as a tool for disaster risk reduction and resilience. At the same time, the network is in constant dialogue with the insurance sector to map out strategies and opportunities to make insurance and re-insurance more accessible to communities and businesses.
Infrastructures are the lifeline of communities especially during disasters. Unfortunately, there are existing infrastructures in our communities that are extremely vulnerable to disasters. When these infrastructures get destroyed, communities and business will be severely affected, as these can result in delays in response, recovery and rehabilitation.
ARISE-Philippines recognizes this as among the priority areas for interventions. The network is aggressively working with partners and collaborators to ensure that all future infrastructure programs are anchored on disaster resilience and that existing infrastructures, whenever possible, are retrofitted to make them more resilient against identified disaster risks.