Top Leaders Forum focuses on making firms resilient to disasters

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    In photo: (L-R) Local Economic Investments Promotions Officer of Cagayan De Oro City Eileen San Juan, Iriga City Mayor Madelaine Alfelor, Naga City Mayor John Bongat, Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle Climaco, UNDRR Regional Office for Asia & the Pacific Regional Director Loreta Heiber Girarder, and Zuellig Family Foundation Executive Vice President Austere Panadero during last year’s Top Leader’s Forum held at Conrad Manila.
    In photo: (L-R) Local Economic Investments Promotions Officer of Cagayan De Oro City Eileen San Juan, Iriga City Mayor Madelaine Alfelor, Naga City Mayor John Bongat, Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle Climaco, UNDRR Regional Office for Asia & the Pacific Regional Director Loreta Heiber Girarder, and Zuellig Family Foundation Executive Vice President Austere Panadero during last year’s Top Leader’s Forum held at Conrad Manila.

    Top-level executives from both the private and public sectors will come together for the 2019 Top Leaders Forum to find concrete measures that would make businesses more resilient against disasters. The event will be held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Philippines today.

    Organized by SM Prime Holdings, in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), ARISE Philippines and the National Resilience Council (NRC), this year’s Top Leaders Forum will also highlight the following: 1) Private sector engagement with the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to ensure the same level of preparedness for disasters; 2) NRC’s Adopt-A-City program to engage the private sector in a more innovative and strategic partnership for resilient local government systems; and 3) The launch of the Young Leaders for Resilience Program to engage the youth in co-creating solutions that will address the resilience challenges of NRC’s partner local government units.

    Now on its 8th year, the 2019 Top Leaders Forum’s theme is “From Risk to Resilience: Forging Pathways and Milestones.” Mami Mizutori, UN Special Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG) will deliver the keynote address while Hans Sy of ARISE International Board and Secretary Delfin Lorenzana of Department of National Defense both co-chairs of NRC will deliver the Welcome and Opening Messages, respectively.

    CEOs and Top Executives of Private Sectors will showcase their companies DRR initiatives while Local Chief Executives of NRC’s partner LGUs will present their progress in integrating risk management considerations into their resilience platforms across the provincial city and barangay levels, in collaboration with the private sector and the academe/scientific community.

    Some of the speakers are USEC Ricardo Jalad of the Office of Civil Defense, Congresswoman Lucy Gomez, Bataan Governor Albert Garcia, Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, Naga City Mayor Nelson Legacion, Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco and Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, Unilever Philippines Chairman Benjie Yap, Maynilad Water Services CEO Ramoncito Fernandez, IBM Philippines President and Country General Manager Aileen Judan-Jiao, San Miguel Properties Inc. Project Lead Cecile Ang, Jollibee Group Foundation Executive Director Gisela Tiongson, Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. First VP and COO Maribeth Marasigan, and Fr. Jet Villarin, Ateneo de Manila President.

    For the 1st time, youth involvement in DRR is highlighted with the Young Leaders for Resilience Program wherein students from various universities in each LGU underwent a Design Thinking Workshop led by IBM Philippines and co-facilitated by the Asia Pacific College (APC) and National University, together with focal persons from NRC’s LGUs and academic partners. Eight entries from the LGUs will compete for the top prize during the TLF on finding potential solutions on climate and disaster risk profiles of their own cities/province.