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PBBM considers putting OP oversight of NDRRMC

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Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., a local, revealed his intention on Tuesday to place the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) under the direction of the Office of the President (OP).

In a surprise interview conducted outside the 9th-anniversary commemoration of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) at the Holy Cross Memorial Garden in Tacloban City, Leyte province, Marcos made the announcement.

“For many years, there has been a suggestion that we place the disaster response team and national response team under the Office of the President. I believe that we are moving in that direction because of the current weather, which is a result of climate change, he stated.

According to Marcos, he plans to give the OP control over the NDRRMC “shortly after.”

He said that the strategy will enhance the nation’s disaster response.

Now, the NDRRMC and [its members] are in charge of carrying out these [disaster response operations], but Marcos asserted that moving it under the Office of the President would result in an equivalent or even more effective system.

In order to perform even better than we have thus far, he continued, “We are continuing to develop the procedures, to refine the processes, and the structure.”

The nation’s top governing and authorized body for disaster risk reduction and management is the NDRRMC.

The NDRRMC was established by Republic Act 10121 in 2010 and is made up of several public, private, civil, and non-profit entities.

With an emphasis on catastrophe risk reduction and management, the council is entrusted with general policymaking, coordination, integration, oversight, monitoring, and evaluation responsibilities.

Undersecretary Jose Faustino Jr., the defense officer in command, now serves as the NDRRMC chairman.

The Chief Executive emphasized that post-disaster response is about building the necessary infrastructure and ensuring that the impacted local governments remain operational, not about being speedy.

streamlining the directives

Speaker Martin Romualdez claimed that the proposed transfer of the NDRRMC to the OP would give the President complete control over the administration’s handling of disaster relief efforts.

Romualdez, who attended the event with Marcos, stated that it “simplifies the flow of responsibility and orders to the more than 30 departments, agencies, and organizations sitting in the council.”

He claimed that the approach will help lessen the effects of challenges and concerns related to climate change, which are getting worse like harsh weather conditions.

“Like many countries, we are forced to get ready for these possibilities. The fact that we have an average of 20 tropical storms a year makes our position much odder. The management of risks to natural calamities and our disaster response processes must be streamlined, according to Romualdez.

He emphasized the need for the nation to develop “climate change resilience.”

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