The Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Deutsche Post DHL Group launched the Philippines’ first Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) Workshop at the Clark International Airport.
Held from November 9 to 11, the three-day workshop was organized to strengthen Filipino airports’ capacities in dealing with disasters, with Clark airport as the pilot model.
“Efficient airport logistics is critical, particularly during times of 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 of Deutsche Post International, and Head of the GoHelp Program for Asia Pacific.
“We look forward to working with PDRF in developing the processes for a resilient airport in Clark,” he added.
More than 20 participants attended the workshop, focusing on airport assessment, creating action plans, and report writing.
These skills will further develop airports as reliable and efficient delivery hubs for food, medical equipment, and even personnel before, during, and after the disasters.
“UNDP will always be true to our role in supporting the government to ensure that the foundation of our recovery work is long-term resilience,” said UNDP Philippines Deputy Resident Representative Edwine Carrie.
“Our partnership with PDRF, LIPAD, and DHL is proof that the more we engage the private sector, the better results we deliver to the underserved communities,” Carrie added.