August 27, 2013
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) are collaborating for a study to create a business continuity plan for industrial areas in the Philippines. It will target the Southern part of Metro Manila, including Cavite and Laguna, to enhance business resiliency during natural calamities.
The study "Natural Disaster Risk Assessment and Area Business Continuity Plan (Area BCP) Formulation for Industrial Agglomerated Areas in the ASEAN Region" is being undertaken with a Philippine group composed of government officials, local government units, and the private sector.
"The project aims to introduce the concept of Area BCP in the Philippines to help businesses cope with damages from natural disasters," said Hayato Nakamura, project formulation advisor for disaster management of JICA Philippines. "We are also collaborating with various government agencies and the private sector to utilize hazard maps and vulnerability assessments in business."
The Area BCP and other risk assessment studies in industrial agglomerated areas in ASEAN will be consolidated into a guideline under the AHA Centre to help member countries cope with the impact of emergency situations in its industrial areas. The AHA Centre was the designated body in ASEAN tasked to promote regional collaboration on disaster management.
During the first Philippine Working Group Meeting, Japanese experts identified the importance of Area BCP, which includes the recovery plan of the value chain, and the operations of public utilities in helping businesses cope with disasters.
According to JICA, the Area BCP will help map a consolidated action framework among stakeholders (private sector, local authorities, infrastructure administrators, and the local communities) and make businesses in the Philippines more resilient in case of emergency and natural disasters.
The Philippines' Area BCP will be presented in Hai Phong, Vietnam in 2014 along with the plans of other pilot areas in ASEAN including Bekasi and neighboring areas in West Java, Indonesia, and Hai Phong, Vietnam.
The next stakeholders' meeting is scheduled November this year to discuss further policies, major infrastructure, business resources, and hazards in industrial areas in the target region.