The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 emphasizes the need for resilience building, specifically the following outcome:
The substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries.
Why resilience? The Stockholm Resilience Center provides the following rationale
Sometimes change is gradual and things move forward in roughly continuous and predictable ways. At other times, change is sudden, disorganizing and turbulent reflected in climate impacts, earth system science challenges and vulnerable regions. Evidence points to a situation where periods of such abrupt change are likely to increase in frequency and magnitude. This challenges the adaptive capacity of societies.
For the Philippines, the resilience challenge encompasses climate and disaster risks as well as socio-economic, political, and ecological risks. How does the country deal with these? What’s the plan? How will we deal with surprises in a smart way?