January Disaster Preparedness Workshop

The Japan-U.S.-Philippines Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Workshop:
Lessons Learned from Typhoon Haiyan

January 22-23, 2014 | U.S. Joint Services Facility New Sanno Hotel | Tokyo


Seiji Kihara

Seiji Kihara, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and Member of the Liberal Democratic Party in the House of Representatives delivers closing remarks

January 24 – Peace Winds America held the first major event of its 2013-2015 Japan-U.S.-Philippines Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative.  The super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that struck the Philippines on November 9, 2013 necessitated the rescheduling of the workshop from December. Witnessing the unprecedented scale of the typhoon and the huge disaster response it occasioned, PWA saw an opportunity for learning from this tragedy. Although recovery efforts are still ongoing, PWA leadership, in consultation with key partners and its Board of Directors, elected to make lessons learned from the typhoon the centerpiece of the workshop.

A hallmark of all PWA Civil-Military Initiative events is the breadth of stakeholders participating.  At this workshop, participants were able to glean actions taken and lessons learned from a wide variety of responders to the disaster including:

  • Philippine government agencies: the Office of Civil Defense, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Militaries from the three nations: Armed Forces Philippines, Japan Ministry of Defense, III Marine Expeditionary Force (U.S.), U.S. 7th Fleet, and U.S. Department of Defense
  • NGOs and private businesses, including Association for Aid and Relief (Japan), International Medical Corps, and Procter & Gamble
  • National assistance agencies and their parent ministries, including USAID, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

The workshop featured multiple presentations on the response to Typhoon Haiyan, with each presenter focusing on the unique actions taken, challenges encountered, and partnerships formed during the immediate phase of the response (1-45 days). Participants were able to see a full multinational response to a major disaster from the perspective of the host nation and from international responders, including multilateral agencies. Within these groups, stakeholders from numerous different sectors (e.g., military, NGO) gave their views.  The workshop concluded with several panel discussions that addressed major concerns and looked at ways forward for bi- and tri-lateral cooperation in disaster preparedness and response.

Peace Winds America wishes to thank its presenters, panelists, collaborators, advisers, and staff at the New Sanno who made this workshop possible. Particular thanks goes to the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, whose generous support in part enabled the event. For inquiries regarding the workshop or future Initiative events, contact ehrenfeld@peacewindsamerica.org.

“It is our hope that the U.S. and Japan will continue to exercise leadership in promoting these and other initiatives regionally and globally. We in the Philippines are committed to cooperating with our two strategic partners toward advancing disaster prevention and preparedness.”

— HE Manuel Lopez, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to Japan


Workshop Materials:

PWA is pleased to present for download the presentations and other binder materials associated with this event. All presentations are unedited, as submitted/delivered. For technical assistance or to request a single file separately, contact the email address above. To download, click the links below. You will be prompted to save the linked .zip files to your hard drive.

Binder Materials, Agenda, Participant List, and Appendix Materials (3 MB)

Day 1, Morning Presentations (PWA, FDMA, DSWD, OCD, DFA) (38 MB)

Day 1, Afternoon Presentations (AFP, III MEF, UNDAC/JICA, MOD) (36 MB)

Day 2, All Presentations and Minister Kihara Closing Remarks (56 MB)

Organic Themes