The iPrepare Business team was in Manila to meet local partners working on building the disaster resilience of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in the Philippines. The MSME Resiliency Core Group (MSME-RCG) is comprised of organizations who first joined under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreed at the National Business Forum in Makati under the ongoing ‘Strengthening Disaster Resilience of SMEs in Asia project’ in July 2016.
The primary working group is made up of the Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-BSMED); Office of Civil Defense (OCD); Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI); Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF); Philippine Exporters Confederation (PHILEXPORT); Asia-Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Philippines (A-PAD); Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP); Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and GIZ's Global Initiative on Disaster Risk Management (GIDRM). Furthermore, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) have requested that they may join in order to engage in the MSME-RCG activities.
The iPrepare Business facility at ADPC with technical and financial support from GIZ/GIDRM, ADB and Isuzu Motors Co. (Thailand) Ltd. focuses on building disaster-resilient businesses in the region, through partnerships to enhance the resilience of private sector; providing technical assistance in strengthening resilience on a demand-driven basis; supporting governments in fostering an enabling environment that promotes risk sensitive and informed investments by private sector and facilitating knowledge sharing at the regional and national level.
Source: iPrepare Business - April 2017 News Update