DISASTER PREPAREDNESS IMPORTANT: GOVERNMENT

Work on the Mataniko bridge after the April floods in 2014. Photo credit: SIBC.

Work on the Mataniko bridge after the April floods in 2014. Photo credit: SIBC.

Better preparing Solomon Islanders for future disasters and building resilience, is an important part of recovery planning, the government has recognised.

Risk-resilient recovery planning is now an official function of the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination (MDPAC), which last month formally integrated a disaster Recovery Coordination Committee (RCC) into its annual plan.

MDPAC, as the Ministry responsible for overall, long-term development planning, is ‘well-suited to lead the RCC’, according to MDPAC Risk Resilient Development Officer, Jack Filiomea.

The multi-sector RCC includes representatives from all relevant ministries and NGOs to ensure recovery and risk-resilient  objectives are aligned.

Mr Filomea says MDPAC and NDMO will continue to cooperate to build a resilient Solomon Islands.

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