We have been calling for the new department for 5 years now, even before the 2013 Yolanda disaster. It would be fitting that we finally get this done on the fifth anniversary of that terrible event.
Right now, our efforts have been marred by bureaucratic squabbling and largely isolated activities
It is highly anticipated that the concept of resilience will gain prominent attention in the COP21 as it has emerged in the discourse in most international processes that deal with disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Now is a good time to reflect on what potential stumbling blocks we should be cautious of as we move forward