NDRRMC Director Concerned On Disaster Resilience Dept. Creation
NDRRMC – NDRRMC director Ricardo Jalad expresses his concern on the creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience.
According to GMA. the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council director said in his opening speech that he described that the department is described as overwhelming.
“Having a department with all the functions regarding the disaster risk reduction and management specifically prevention and preparedness, response and rehabilitation, recovery, response, placing all these functions in one department is very overwhelming,”
He further pointed out that in different models he observed in advanced countries, there were no national disaster risk reduction and management department. Jalad added that they only have emergency management agencies, where they have the urgency to consolidate all efforts regarding emergency management of the different government agencies.
He then followed up a question whether they are in need of a disaster risk reduction and management department, further pointing out that they might have an issue with the capacity of the said department to function.
Based on the report, Jalad further proposed that the central body that will be created may be an authority that is outside of any control of existing departments and be placed under the Office of the President.
Senators explained that the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience’s main purpose is to deal with the said overwhelming functions Jalad had just described.
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