World Bank has approved US$300 Million funding for a new project in the Philippines designed to upgrade the safety and seismic resilience of several public buildings in Metro Manila and strengthen the government’s capacity in responding to natural disasters.
The funding was granted to the Philippines Seismic Risk Reduction and Resilience Project. It aims to enhance approximately 425 structures including school buildings and health centers, and reduce risks of climate change-related events for around 300,000 teachers, students, doctors, patients, and staff who are the users of these facilities.
“Metro Manila or the National Capital Region is the seat of government and the country’s population, economic, and cultural center,” said Ndiamé Diop, World Bank Country Director Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand.
“Enhancing the safety of its buildings and structures while boosting institutional response to disasters will help protect the lives and safety of more than 12 million residents, including the poor and most vulnerable. In addition, it will provide much-needed economic resilience for the country.”
It will finance the essential equipment of the county’s Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to improve its system in preparing and responding to potential overlapping hazards including typhoons, floods, volcanic eruptions, and pandemics, particularly in line with its mandate under the different national emergency response plans for multiple hazards.
To address the threat of a potentially catastrophic earthquake in the Greater Metro Manila (NCR and surrounding provinces), President Rodrigo Duterte issued Executive Order No. 52 (EO 52) on May 8, 2018, creating the Program Management Office for the Earthquake Resilience of the Greater Metro Manila Area.