GENEVA, Switzerland (The Adobo Chronicles®) – The Philippines has taken over the chairmanship of the Geneva-based International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Support Group.
Alexandre Fasel, permanent representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, officially handed over last June 22 the chairmanship of the ISDR Support Group to Ambassador Cecilia Rebong, Philippine permanent representative to the UN. The Philippines formally assumes the role this month.
The chairmanship was in recognition of the Philippines’ extensive and long-standing experience in political disaster, particularly in the handling of major man-made events such as graft, curruption, plunder, unexplained wealth of Filipino politicians, among others.
Reacting to the news, President NoyNoy Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay — in a rare display of unity and solidarity — issued a joint statement saying that this international honor is a testament to the Filipino people’s resiliency in dealing with devastating fallouts from the incompetency as well as corrupt and criminal ways of their elected officials.
“There is so much the world can learn from the Philippines in as far as disasters are concerned,” the statement said.