31 May 2018 | The Philippine News Agency reported that Jesus Crispin Remulla, governor of the Philippine province of Cavite, has finalized an agreement that puts the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in charge of raising the province’s level of preparedness for an anticipated major earthquake.
The Provincial Information and Community Affairs Division (PICAD) reported that the partnership was established on May 30. ADRA will partner with the nonprofit Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA) in raising preparedness for the estimated 7.2 earthquake that is widely expected to strike.
Remulla signed a memorandum of understanding with with ADRA Country Director Thomas John Pignon and HLA Centre Director Diosdado P. Waña.
ADRA will take the lead in developing a contingency plan for the potential natural disaster while HLA will work on finding ways to implement plans. The two agencies will provide the funds needed to identify ways local entities can partner in the disaster preparedness.
ADRA is also charged with ensuring regular monitoring of project implementation as well as post activity assessment to determine the effectiveness of the project.
The Adventist denomination’s Northern Philippine Union Conference of which Cavite is a part, has 343,450 members and 1,413 churches according to the denomination’s Office of Archives, Statistics and Research.