Seminar on the Potential of Social Protection to Build Resilience to Disasters, 22-24 November 2016, Manila, the Philippines
ASEAN's governments, workers and employers recommend strengthening social protection to build better resilience to disasters.
Dates: 22-24 November 2016
Venue: Manila, the Philippines
About the seminar
Over 80 representatives of the Senior Labour Officials Meeting (SLOM), the Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD), and the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), along with representatives of workers and employers’ organizations from the ASEAN Member States met to discuss the potential of social protection to build resilience to disasters. UNICEF and UNISDR provided technical quidance and inputs to this seminar.
The ASEAN Member States recently adopted their Regional Framework and Plan of Action on Strengthening Social Protection (Kuala Lumpur, 2015) and the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Relief (AADMER) Work Programme (2016-20). Both ASEAN documents have clearly prioritize actions to improve the link between social protection and disasters risks management.
This seminar was the first regional event engaging workers and employers' representatives to explore possible linkages between social protection and disasters risks reduction. More specifically, the seminar allowed for engaging tripartite discussions that hopefully will continue at national level and generate further cooperation at the ASEAN level.
The seminar clearly contributed to improve understanding on how social protection systems can help building resilience to disasters, by sharing knowledge and learning from countries' experiences , from the ASEAN Member States, as well as from Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, and Pakistan.
Finally, the seminar adopted policy recommendations to improve disaster risks management and resilience through social protection, with the aim to feed into the AADMER regional social protection protocol and the Sendai Framework Implementation Guide on Social Protection.
Background paper to the seminar (forthcoming)
- Social protection situation in ASEAN, Ms Celine Peyron Bista, Chief Technical Advisor on Social Protection, ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
- ASEAN Frameworks on social protection, Mr Miguel Musngi, Senior Officer, Poverty Eradication and Gender Division, ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC)
- Disaster Risk Management: Concepts and recent development, Mr Andrew McElroy, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Regional Office for Asia-Pacific
- ASEAN Frameworks on disaster management and the need for more disaster-responsive social protection, Mr Medi Herlianto, Director of Preparedness, National Disaster Management Authority of Indonesia, and Chair of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM)
- Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management system and its linkage to social protection, Mr Edwin M Salonga, Chief,Disaster Risk Governance Division, Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Philippines
- Japan’s experience in coordinating disasters management, Ms Shukuko Koyoma, Expert on Disasters and Employment
- Women and Child-friendly Spaces in the Philippines, Ms Elgin Agdol-Mazo, Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Philippines
- Nepal’s Emergency Top-up Cash Transfer Programme, Mr Nicholas Mathers, Cash Transfer Specialist, UNICEF Nepal
- Thailand’s response to the 2011 floods (through Unemployment Insurance and wage subsidies), Ms Rangsima Preechachard, Labour Specialist, Social Security Office, Ministry of Labour, Thailand
- Interventions by the business sectors, mobilizing Corporate Social Responsibilities, Mr Peter Townsend, Chief Executive Officer, Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce, New Zealand
- Philippine Government Integrated livelihood approach, Ms Ahmma Charisma Satumba, Director, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, Department of Labor and Employment, the Philippines
- Pakistan Trade Union active involvement in disaster preparedness and minimization of risks for workers, Dr Sabur Ghayur, Senior Adviser, Pakistan Workers Federation