UN-OCHA ocha visits ARMM

TO gain understanding on capacities for emergency preparedness and strengthen humanitarian operations, officials of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Af-fairs led by UN-OCHA Geneva Director Rashid Khalikov visited the autonomous government.

The UN-OCHA Delegation is composed of Pierre Bessuges, Chief of Emergency Preparedness Section; Justyna Susla, Special Assistant to the Director; David Carden, Head of UN- OCHA Philippines; and Muktar Farah, Head of UN-OCHA Cotabato and Iligan sub-offices.

As expected UN-OCHA officials commended the cooperation between and among various line agencies of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao headed by OIC- Governor Mujiv S. Hataman, and non- governmental organizations during natural and man-made disasters.

They appreciate the cooperation.

Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Chair General Loreto Rirao said the “UN-OCHA and other UN Systems here are active participants to the various simulation drills conducted by the DRRMC.”

They crafted a DRRMC Plan that addresses risk reduction during catastrophes with a special focus on pre-disaster preparation.

That is why UN-OCHA would like to work more on building the resilience of communities in ARMM which are affected by war and natural calamities.

With the signing of the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine Government on October 15, a new autonomous political entity named Bangsamoro will be established and could pave the way for a more peaceful Mindanao, the current ARMM leadership continues to exhaust all its effort to ensure a smooth transition.

The autonomous government is guided by the framework. What we do is continue the reform programs initiated by Governor Hataman.

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