Marikina Roundtable Held August 21-23, 2000


The City of Marikina in The Philippines hosted the Round Table Conference for Government and Civil Society on Natural Disaster Preparedness on August 21-23, 2000, at the Riverbend Hotel in Marikina. Invited participants to the conference included provincial government agencies, educators and key personalities involved in disaster preparedness. A team of experts from several countries, including China, under the auspices of the United Nations Global Programme for the Integration of Public Administration and the Science of Disasters, UNGP-IPASD, participated in this Round Table.

The conference aimed to promote better understanding and cooperation among citizens, public administrators and scientists in reducing the destructive impact of natural disasters. Specifically, the Round Table provided an opportunity for the participants to gain knowledge of precursory signals to natural disasters, their measurement and use for disaster preparedness, to learn and develop methods for community participation to reduce the impact of natural disasters, and to set priorities and develop strategies for community awareness and preparedness for natural disasters.

For more post-conference activities, see reports on Crustal Stress Community Awareness Network (CSCAN) in the Philippines.