Lessons for the Philippines from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

Dec 12, 2013

As communities start rebuilding process in the Philippines, UNDP facilitates south-south sharing to ensure that the recovery will build resilient communities. (Photo: OCHA/Jose Reyna)

-- Indonesian Senior Minister, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, who oversaw the historic rehabilitation of Aceh after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami,  arrives in the Philippines today to provide insights into managing large-scale recovery programmes.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is organizing this important exchange at the request of the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

“I’m here to offer the Government and the international community my experience as the coordinator of rehabilitation of Aceh,” said Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto after his arrival in the Philippines today. “I look forward to sharing my expertise and contributing to designing an efficient recovery plan for the areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.”

“The aim of this significant visit by Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto  is to share ways to ensure that the recovery process in the Philippines will build resilience against future typhoons, lift people out of poverty and manage natural resources responsibly,” says UN’s Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator and UNDP’s Resident Representative Luiza Carvalho.

The 2004 tsunami killed approximately 230,000 people, about half of whom were in Aceh. Dr. Mangkusubroto was the Minister appointed as Director of the National Agency for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation for Aceh-Nias, known as BRR-Aceh and Nias.

In addition to carrying out more than 5,000 of its own reconstruction projects, BRR coordinated more than 12,500 other projects involving more than 60 bilateral donors and multilateral agencies and well as roughly 700 NGOs. As part of the UN’s response to the tsunami, the UN team in Indonesia was asked to support BRR through training, the development of coordination systems, business processes, and standard operating procedures.

Kuntoro Mangkusubroto’s trip to the Philippines will offer a chance to share lessons learned on how to rebuild effectively and shape a clear strategy in post-disaster situations after large-scale destruction.

His three-day trip will include an executive meeting with selected Cabinet Secretaries of the Philippines and the international community involved in the recovery process. Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto’s agenda will include a technical workshop that will bring together recovery managers from other post-disaster situations.

For more information, please contact:

In Manila:
Stanislav Saling, Spokesperson a.i., UNDP Philippines, stanislav.saling@undp.org,  +63 917 597 4744, communications.ph@undp.org, and +63 2 901 0238

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