objective of this grant is to leverage and inform the preparation and
implementation of the Second Panama DPL with Cat DDO operation (P174191) to support
the strengthening of Panama’s DRM framework, and specifically the effective
implementation of the new SINAPROC Civil Protection Career; the new DRM Cabinet
as an inter-ministerial coordination body on disaster risk management; the
implementation of successful simulation exercises to test newly adopted
multi-hazard response protocols; and the prioritization of vulnerable provinces
for the development of territorial development plans. The new Civil Protection career established new roles
and responsibilities within SINAPROC, as well as clear pathways for career
mobility within the organization. The grant will support the implementation of
the Career Law, particularly focusing on bridging gender gaps within the Civil
Protection System.Additionally, the grant will support the government in
the conformation of the DRM Cabinet working groups, and to define best
international practices to embed in simulation exercises that will be conducted
to test protocols to address disasters linked to floods, earthquakes, and pandemics.
Lastly, the grant will support the Ministry of Finance’s Directorate for
Territorial Development in the prioritization of the country’s most vulnerable provinces
for the implementation of capacity building activities and the transfer of
knowledge in the development of risk-informed territorial development plans.

The activities supported under this grant will
guarantee better governance conditions, fill the existing gaps of high
political level decision making capacity and comprehensive DRM coordination,
reorganize and strengthen the administrative structure of SINAPROC and its
operational capacity and effectively ensure that DRM emergency response and
recovery efforts are informed by the best available knowledge. Also, all the
actions will have gender approach criteria, to ensure that the process will
contribute to close identified gender gaps in the DRM process.

Sendai Priorities

Priority 1Understanding disaster risk
Priority 2Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
Priority 3Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
Priority 4Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction