on Disaster Management and Social Relief for Chinese Civil Affairs
Officials from Hubei, Liaoning province and the Ministry of Civil
Affairs (23-26 July 2001)
A Study Course on Disaster
Management and Social Relief for Chinese Officials was held from
23 - 26 July. Thirty-five officials working on civil affairs attended
the course. Amongst them, 20 were from Hubei province and 12
from Liaoning province, as well as 3 from the Ministry of Civil
Affairs. This was the first group of Chinese officials, who came
to ADPC for a training course, under the auspices of the Ministry
of Civil Affairs of China. The course was received with lots of
interest and attention from the senior leaders of the Ministry of
Civil Affairs. Dr. Zheng Yuanchang, the Deputy Chief of Secretariat
of China National Committee for International Secretariat for Disaster
Reduction/the Ministry of Civil Affairs was the delegation leader.
The course opening ceremony
was participated by Dr. Suvit Yodmani, Executive Director of ADPC,
Mr. Chai Xi, Political Counselor of the Chinese Embassy to Thailand,
the participants and some of the ADPC staff. The course was inaugurated
by Professor Krasae Chanawongse, Minister to the Prime Minister's
Office and Chairman of the ADPC Board of Trustees who was the chief
guest at the ceremony.
The course was comprised upon
two modules; 1) disaster management, 2) social relief as per the
needs of the Chinese officials. The first module covered topics
on disaster situation in China, concepts and terms of disaster management,
disaster preparedness, damage assessment and needs analysis and
disaster relief. Second module was consisted upon case studies of
social relief from Philippines and Thailand. The cases highlighted
the concepts, principles, strategies and experiences in social relief
in the two countries. Madam Corazon Alma de Leon, Former Secretary
of the Department of Social Welfare Philippines and Vice Chairperson
of ADPC Board of Trustees, and Ms. Achana Vutthisomboon, Chief of
Foreign Relations Sub-division of Social Studies and Planning Division,
Department of Public Welfare, Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
Thailand were the speakers in this regard.
The participants found the
course very relevant to their work and they appreciated ADPC's efforts
in organizing a module on social relief (welfare) and inviting such
experienced resource persons. Some useful suggestions were given
by the participants to make the module more effective in future.
Group leader, Dr. Zheng thanked ADPC for organizing the special
training course in his closing speech. Ms. Zenaida D. Willison,
Director of Training and Education Division ADPC and Madam Corazon
also thanked participants for their active participation. Both sides
expressed their desire to continue cooperation between the two agencies
for disaster reduction in China. Finally, Ms. Zenaida and Madam
Corazon jointly presented Certificate of Attendance to the participants.
here to see photographs.