23 November 2016, New York City- Philippine Ambassador to the United Nations
in New York Lourdes 0. Yparraguirre underscored the empowerment of local
communities and public-private partnership as critical elements in the Philippines' national
strategy to protect critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
In a statement delivered at the Arria-formula meeting convened by the government
of Ukraine at the United Nations headquarters on 21 November, Ambassador
Yparraguirre said that the local government units, NGO's and civil society at large are
government's partners in its nationwide target hardening efforts to protect vital
"They are force multipliers in conducting their area-specific training programs; in
raising security awareness and monitoring; and in preventing terrorist attacks against vital
institutions, places of convergence and economic key points," Amb. Yparraguirre said .
"Partnering with the private sector is given high importance, recognizing that many
places of convergence are also economic hubs run by private commercial entities," the
In addition to the empowerment of the local communities and partnering with the
private sector. she cited that under the Philippines' whole-of-nation approach to
countering terrorism , the terrorism prevention pillar aims to strengthen the security of
critical infrastructure, vulnerable establishments, facilities and places of convergence; to
strengthen inter-agency collaboration; to protect borders from crossing, entry and/or
departure of entities involved in terrorism ; and to interdict materials and tools used in
terrorism especially chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials.
"All these efforts remain firmly rooted in the principles of the protection of human
rights and the rule of law," Amb. Yparraguirre emphasized.
The November 21 meeting aimed to raise awareness of the impact that attacks on
critical infrastructures can have on communities. Critical infrastructure systems essential
to the well-being of society, such as those related to banking and finance,
telecommunications, emergency services, industry, transportation, high-tech energy and
water supply, have the potential to become "single points of failure". Such attacks often
result in the loss of civilian life as well as the destruction of property, and can even
compromise national defense capacities.
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