The coordinator of the Office of Studies in the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Firas Masri, presented a report to the political committee on Thursday. The report focused on the engineering governance document, which addressed the aftermath of the earthquake and the exchange of roles between engineering governance partners in northwestern Syria.
Masri highlighted the devastating earthquake that struck the region on February 6th and the urgent need for coordination between different parties in the aftermath.
During his presentation, Masri shared his experience as a SOC representative in the engineering conference titled “Participatory Charter for the Safety of Facilities, Infrastructures and Rationalization of Resources” that took place at the University of Aleppo in the liberated areas. He also presented two papers at the conference.
Masri emphasized the importance of reaching a participatory management of disasters through preparation, direct measures during their occurrence, and mitigating their effects afterward through a mechanism based on coordination and information exchange. He further stressed the importance of participatory management of urban development and urban planning, preserving the culture of Syrian society, and its social structure.
The charter also recommended preserving, documenting, and restoring archaeological monuments and recognized the vital role of the Free Syrian Engineers Association in organizing and following up engineering work. It also emphasized the distribution of roles and responsibilities between civil society, government institutions, and the private sector. This included all partners such as the Engineers Syndicate, universities, research centers, civil defense, civil society organizations, the Ministry of Local Administration, local councils, the SOC, trade unions, federations, engineering companies, contractors, and the media. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)