The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) concluded the study to create a business continuity plan for industrial areas in the Philippines. The result of the study entitled “Natural Disaster Risk Assessment and Area Business Continuity Plan Formulation for Industrial Agglomerated Areas in the ASEAN Region” was presented in a seminar held last 15 August 2014 at the Crimson Hotel, Filinvest Corporate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
The study, undertaken with a Philippine group composed of government officials, local government units and the private sector, aims to introduce the concept of Area BCP in the Philippines. An area business continuity plan is a documented set of procedures and information intended to promote continuity/ early recovery of an area in emergency such as natural disasters that affect the entire area.
Three (3) workshops were conducted this year as part of the study. The first workshop held last February focused on the fundamental policy to be adopted for area business continuity plan formulation, hazards to be given priority consideration in area BCP/M and critical problems for the business community. The second workshop conducted last May focused on the following topics: impact to local community and industry, critical problems or “bottlenecks” for business continuity and measures to ensure area business continuity. The last workshop was convened last August to review and comment on the draft ABCP and to identify the next steps for the project.
The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) is a member of the Philippines Working Group that formulated the ABCP in industrial agglomerated area covering Cavite, Laguna and Southern Part of Metro Manila.
For more information of the ABCP, download the result of the study here