Senatorial candidate and Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda has confused the necessity to make sure that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is resilient as an establishment in order that it doesn’t solely reply to disasters but in addition helps construct resilient communities.
The Vintage Consultant stated that AFP ought to have the power and capability to answer non-traditional types of threats.
“As first responders in times of disasters, the AFP has to be a resilient institution—ready and capable to perform its role, not just in times of disasters, but to help build resilient communities. We cannot count on the AFP to be effective in its mission unless it is, on its own, a resilient institution,” she added.
The Senator stated there’s a lot to be performed in making AFP’s properties and gear resilient and he or she shared adaptation measures that the army can do of their camps, inside their communities, and in their very own properties.
Examples of adaptation measures embody multi-hazard early warning programs; placing up rainwater harvesters, seed banks, and rooftop gardens; constructing roadside ditches and seawalls; reforesting mangroves; using indigenous information on catastrophe resilience; and endeavor common drills for catastrophe preparedness.
“Our military must be resilient because you yourselves must survive to save lives; you cannot be effective first responders if you yourselves are victims. AFP’s disaster resilience as an institution needs to be guaranteed so that it may effectively discharge its expanded roles in the face of climate impacts and increasing disaster risks,” stated Legarda.