Shown in photo (from left) are: Maynilad Water Services CEO Ramoncito Fernandez, NRC President Toni Yulo-Loyzaga, Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, Mexico Ambassador Gerardo Arredondo, Naga City Mayor Nestor Legacion, Kokusai Kogyo Co. Ltd. Chairperson and CEO and ARISE Board Member Sandra Wu, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Chairman of the Executive Committee Hans Sy, UNDRR SRSG Mami Mizutori, Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez, Antipolo City Mayor Andrea Bautista-Ynares, UN Resident Coordinator and ad Interim Kristin Dadey, Unilever Philippines Chairman Benjie Yap, Jollibee Group Foundation Executive Director Gisela Tiongson, Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. First VP and COO Maribeth Marasigan, UNIDO Country Representative Tonilyn Lim, and IBM President and Country General Manager Aileen Judan-Jiao.

The 2019 Top Leaders Forum once again gathered senior government officials, top-level executives from the private sector, and local chief executives to discuss the country’s status on disaster risk reduction, preparedness, resiliency, and sustainability. Held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, the annual conference carried the theme, “From Risk to Resilience: Forging Pathways and Milestones.”

This year’s speakers and attendees assessed the progress of the National Resilience Council (NRC) as it partners with local government units in building climate and disaster resilient communities in collaboration with private sector and academic/scientific partners.

Now on its 8th year, the Top Leaders Forum, organized by SM Prime Holdings, in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), envisions to translate science into actions that deliver a meaningful impact on disaster risk reduction and resilience in the Philippines. The event also aims to spread awareness and engage the youth in developing solutions for key resilience challenges at the local level.

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