Airports Receive Disaster Management Workshop at Clark


The Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Deutsche Post DHL Group launched the first Philippine Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) workshop at Clark International Airport.

Held from November 9-11, the three-day workshop was organized to build the capacity of Philippine airports to deal with disasters, with Clark Airport as a pilot model.

“Efficient airport logistics is essential, especially in the event of a disaster. Our GARD program helps prepare airports and provides the necessary follow-up actions to ensure continuity,” said Carl Schelfhaut, Vice President, International Relations and Regulatory Affairs Asia-Pacific, Deutsche Post International, and GoHelp program manager for the ‘Asia Pacific.

“We look forward to working with PDRF to develop processes for a resilient airport at Clark,” he added.

Over 20 participants attended the workshop, which focused on assessing airports, creating action plans and writing reports.

These skills will further develop airports as reliable and efficient delivery hubs for food, medical equipment and even personnel before, during and after disasters.

“UNDP will always be true to its role of supporting the government to ensure that the foundation of our recovery work is long-term resilience,” said UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in the Philippines, Edwine Carrie.

“Our partnership with PDRF, LIPAD and DHL is proof that the more we engage the private sector, the better results we achieve for underserved communities,” Carrie added.


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