JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts need to be understood as investments to sustain development plans rather than mere budget expenditures.
Head of BNPB Willem Rampangilei said this. BNPB will hold the 2017 Disaster Risk Reduction Month Event in four areas of West Papua on October 22 to 25 October 2017.
Willem added the Nawacita (Nine Priorities) program and the 2015-2019 National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) document emphasize disaster management, particularly disaster risk reduction into national to local development planning.
"The objective of the RPJMN is to protect the economic growth centers from the threat of disaster so as to ensure the sustainability of development," Willem said in a press release on Sunday (10/22).
In the RPJMN document, the government set the priority of 136 regencies/municipalities as the center of high-risk economic growth.
Disaster risk reduction, Willem said, will increase resilience so that it does not significantly affect the development process. One of the disaster risk reduction efforts is by lowering the risk index of disaster at the centers of economic growth.
In 2016, BNPB together with the government and other stakeholders lowered the disaster risk index by 15.98 percent. In 2019, the disaster risk index is targeted to fall by 30 percent according to the RPJMN.
Willem said it is vital to strengthen government and community understanding of disaster risk reduction activities as an investment for resilience.
Expected investments include building of joint awareness, dialogue and networking among stakeholders involved in disaster risk reduction activities.