Expertise and experience towards rebuilding the towns devastated by Typhoon Yolanda

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ASSURE is an alliance of professionals offering their expertise and experience towards rebuilding the towns devastated by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Alliance for Safe, Sustainable and Resilient Environments (ASSURE) is comprised of environmental planners, architects, engineers and related professionals from all over the country, most of whom have extensive experience working with international development organizations such as the UN, World Bank and Asian Development Bank, USAID, AusAID, GIZ (GTZ), and JICA among others; national government agencies; local government units; and the private sector including private consulting firms. Many of the volunteers have been directly involved with disaster risk mitigation and climate adaptation work.


Birth of an alliance

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Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) has spurred environmental planners and other like‐minded professionals from all over the country to channel their collective expertise and experience towards the daunting task of rebuilding the devastated towns and cities. Realizing the serious planning implications of the devastation, they are offering to help the best way they can – through their professional service. They have banded together to form a volunteer alliance aptly called Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Reconstruction (ASSURE), a non‐profit, non‐stock corporation. Born out of the realization that professional assistance to the devastated towns and towns is most urgent and critical, ASSURE also serves as a channel and a means for volunteers to give back to the communities through their voluntary professional service.


Purpose

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ASSURE’s primary purpose is two fold:

  1. To systematically promote the adoption of the principles and practice of sustainable environmental planning in the preparation and implementation of post‐disaster recovery plans;
  2. To make available technical assistance in the form of professional services to the government, development partners, aid agencies, and/or private sector groups in carrying out post‐disaster reconstruction and rehabilitation work.

Activities

Anticipating that the reconstruction and recovery activities in the affected communities will take several years, ASSURE has adopted a number of related activities to complement its primary purpose. These include:

  • To conduct research, undertake policy studies, publish such studies, and conduct competency building on disaster risk mitigation and post‐disaster recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction;
  • To provide assistance to local governments in the optimal use of corporate powers for disaster risk mitigation and post‐disaster recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction including the preparation of economic recovery and development plans and formulation of investment promotions programs;
  • To provide financial advisory services for accessing capital markets and other sources of financing disaster risk mitigation and post‐disaster recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction; and
  • To establish and operate information technology systems and information services to support disaster risk mitigation and post‐disaster recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction work.
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