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Task force on crisis management and disaster response

According to Malacanang, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has directed the formation of a task group for crisis management and catastrophe response.

According to a statement made by the Presidential Communications Office (PCO), Marcos signed Executive Order No. 24 last April 30 establishing the Disaster Response and Crisis Management Task Force to ensure a “clear unity of command to lead the government’s efforts in confronting challenges brought about by natural disasters through evidence-driven and science-based approach in crisis management”.

The Department of National Defense (DND), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) will all have representatives on the task force.

The President shall choose the task force’s chairperson and vice chairperson from among its members in accordance with the EO, which is effective immediately. The member agencies shall each appoint senior officials to serve as their representatives on the task force.

According to the EO, the task force is responsible for directing the development of strategies for disaster prevention, mitigation, and response as well as supervising and coordinating the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of disaster risk management (DRRM) plans and programs on disaster preparedness and response.

Additionally, it is responsible for working with pertinent federal, state, and local governments to administer accessible aid programs to affected populations and guarantee a coordinated approach to disaster preparedness and response.

The task force’s responsibilities include creating a calibrated system for the national mobilization of resources for disasters, exercising oversight over government organizations responsible for disaster planning and response, and enlisting the help of consultants, experts, and professional advisors.

The EO lists additional duties as managing and supervising the implementation of community, local, and national disaster resilience programs, calling meetings of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), approving payments from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund, and declaring and lifting states of calamity.

The task force will set up Quick Response Groups that can be sent out in the event of a disaster or in advance of its impending impact to assist local and regional authorities responsible for managing disaster risk reduction.

The EO also requires all government organizations, including corporations owned by or under the government’s jurisdiction, financial institutions, public universities, and colleges, to support and assist the task force as needed.

The task force member agencies’ existing allocations, the contingent fund, and any other financial sources determined by the Department of Budget and Management shall serve as the source of the financing, as applicable.

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