The Comptroller General of the Republic of Cuba, Gladys María Bejerano Portela, moderated this Thursday at the technical session of the XXXI Ordinary General Assembly of the Latin American and Caribbean Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (OLACEFS) the debate on disaster risks.
The topic Supervision of disaster risk reduction against multiple threats in poverty, education and health programs was coordinated in the technical session of the Assembly that meets in Oaxaca, Mexico, by the economist David Rogelio Colmenares Páramo, Superior Auditor of the Federation of Mexico, host of the event.
Bejerano Portela explained in her role as moderator, that the base document was circulated as a proposal to the Member States and technical collaborations were received from the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru and Puerto Rico. For this reason, she thanked the feedback and the information sent, and explained that, based on the contributions provided, the basic presentation that is available on the OLACEFS website, in the Assembly section, was restructured and expanded.
For his part, the coordinator of the topic, Colmenares Páramo, presented the topic, after which a brief question and answer session was opened.
The Superior Audit Office of the Federation of Mexico and the Comptroller General of the Republic of Cuba thanked the delegates for their participation in the debate and recalled that this reflection continues in the panels and tables that will be held as planned in the program.
In Cuba, Civil Defense is in charge of protecting people and their property, social infrastructure, the economy and natural resources from natural disasters, as well as from the consequences of climate change, through a set of measures and actions aimed at dealing with disasters of any kind or origin.
In 2017, the State Plan for Confronting Climate Change, commonly known as the Life Task, was structured, explained Bejerano Portela. The plan is structured in five Strategic Actions, and 11 specific tasks, also in the dynamics of including the population, the Meteor Exercise is carried out, which are in correspondence with the National Plan for Economic and Social Development 2030, which considers as a strategic axis natural resources and the environment.
Investment in disaster risk reduction for resilience, decision-making is based on knowledge of the risks, with a comprehensive approach, and the coordination of the different existing instruments and tools contributes to materialize a harmonious operation, allowing improvement planning and carrying out measures in the interest of disaster risk reduction.
With regard to increasing preparedness for disasters, in order to provide an effective response in the areas of recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction, since 1986 exercises have been carried out in Cuba every year that have made it possible to increase and verify preparedness, planning and organization of Civil Defense tasks, as they contribute to improving conditions to face dangers and minimize human and economic damage, he added.
This Thursday the comptrollers of Cuba and Peru signed the extension of the collaboration agreement between the two auditing entities on training and good practices in audit work.