MANILA, Philippines – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) announced Tuesday, November 26, that it would send disaster recovery experts to areas hit hard by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
The experts have "extensive experience on recovery planning and implementation” when it comes to countries affected by disasters, the agency's announcement said.
They will propose steps and disaster risk reduction investments that the Philippine government can take advantage of to mitigate damage should calamities strike in the future.
JICA cites this as a “Build Back Better” paradigm, where rebuilding efforts focus on proper land use and the integration of disaster risk reduction investments to create more resilient communities following devastating natural disasters.
The agency has taken the concept to other countries before, using it to rebuild communities after the East Japan and Haiti earthquakes in 2011, as well as the 2011 Thailand flood.