Manila HA/DR Workshop

The Japan-U.S.-Philippines Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Workshop:
Implementing Lessons Learned

October 2-3, 2014 | Asian Development Bank Headquarters | Manila

October 3 – Continuing its ongoing Japan-U.S.-Philippines civil-military Initiative, Peace Winds America held a disaster preparedness workshop in Manila.  Maintaining the discussions and major themes raised in the prior January workshop and March forum, this event was titled “Implementing Lessons Learned.” The focus throughout was how to utilize the many lessons, findings, and best practices identified earlier in the Initiative to create practical and effective recommendations for action. Drawing on the experiences of Typhoon Haiyan and the cooperation that occurred during and after the disaster, PWA facilitated sessions devoted to exploring how policies and procedures can be meaningfully improved with this knowledge.

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ADB Managing Director General Juan Miranda delivers opening remarks

The workshop revolved around three central cores of disaster preparedness through recovery:  needs assessments, logistics, and coordination. In small groups and in expert panels, workshop participants talked through findings specific issues within each theme.  Throughout, groups came together to identify what were strengths seen in the preparation for and response to Typhoon Haiyan, and how challenges faced could inform future operations. Building on the keystone of Japan-U.S.-Philippines cooperation, the groups and discussion panels also brought in the participation of the UN, ASEAN, and non-governmental entities such as the Asian Development Bank.

Much like previous events, this workshop stood out for the breadth of its participants. Key attendees and discussants included:

  • Philippine government agencies: the Office of Civil Defense/National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Center, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Foreign Affairs (UN and International Organizations office), and the Department of Health
  • Militaries from the three nations: Armed Forces Philippines, Japan Ministry of Defense, Japan Self-Defense Forces, III Marine Expeditionary Force (U.S.), U.S. I Corps and U.S. Department of Defense
  • NGOs and private businesses including the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center, Asia-Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management, Japan Platform, and Asian Development Bank
  • Multilateral agencies including the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and World Health Organization
  • National assistance agencies and their parent ministries, including USAID  the Japan International Cooperation Agency
A table discussion group hard at work

A table discussion group hard at work

The workshop keynote address was given by Ambassador Robert “Skipp” Orr, U.S. Ambassador to the ADB and member of the ADB Board of Directors. ADB Managing Director General Juan Miranda provided opening remarks. The workshop also featured the participation of observers from the Vietnam Ministry of Defence and the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Disaster Management Center.  Their enthusiastic participation was critical for expanding discussions of HA/DR preparedness and response to the wider ASEAN region and raised the important question of how the Philippines can function as a provider in HA/DR.

Peace Winds America wishes to thank its presenters, panelists, collaborators, advisers, and staff at the ADB who made this workshop possible. Particular thanks goes to the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, whose generous support enabled the event to be the success it was. For inquiries regarding the workshop or future Initiative events, contact

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.

Click here to download workshop materials – agenda, participants, Powerpoint presentations, MOD presentation transcript, group materials (21 MB)


From left: PWA CEO Dr. Charles Aanenson, ADB Director Amb. Robert Orr, Asst. Secretary Jesus Domingo, Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs

From left: PWA CEO Dr. Charles Aanenson, ADB Director Amb. Robert Orr, Asst. Secretary Jesus Domingo, Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs

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