16 Mar 2015
Fides Borja with her colleagues and volunteers during Typhoon Ruby Response Operations at the Office of Civil Defense Operations Center.
1. Who are you? I’m Fides Barbara B. Borja, from UNDP in the Philippines. Growing up, my parents taught us the value of hard work. I have always dreamt of working in an international organization such as the UNDP, contributing and making a difference. 2. What do you do for work? I provide technical assistance to the Civil Defense Administrator in his role as the Executive Director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). I assist the Philippine government in preparing for high-level international and regional conferences, including the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2015. I also provide technical assistance for the review of the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 and Framework and Plan. It is an exciting and challenging task because it includes inter-agency coordination as well as policy review of existing issuances and regulations. I get to experience how the DRRM theories and principles are applied on the ground. 3. How long have you worked for UNDP? How did you end up working for UNDP? Where were you before? I have been working for UNDP since May 2014. After Typhoon Yolanda struck the