“How can digital government contribute to ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ implementation?”, was the question that the participants addressed in the Executive Development Course on Digital Government for Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies – the Singapore Experience last April 2-6, 2018. Held at the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service office, the event covered a wide range of themes and topics related to planning and implementing digital government as an enabler for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.
On the second day of the event, Edmond John Pangilinan, one of the scientists of UP Resilience Institute, was given the privilege to talk about “Natural Hazards in the Philippines: Processes, Events, Mitigation, and Polices in relation to the Disaster Mitigation through ICT session.
In his talk, Mr. Pangilinan talked about the value of using the right science when it comes to disaster risk reduction and mitigation. He shared that if we plan our communities well using the right science and if we get the people to embrace science, then we can reduce disaster risk. He also emphasized the importance of open data and of using probabilistic hazard maps.
“Probabilistic is just a word, but it means life and death, it means everything for Philippine Development.”
The Singapore Executive Development Course is co-organized by UNDESA/DPADM/UNPOG, the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) of Singapore, and UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE).