(Left-Right) Sen. Panfilo Lacson and Sen. Gringo Honasan
MANILA, Philippines — The oversight committee on the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 has questioned the slow implementation of programs and rehabilitation efforts in affected areas of Zamboanga siege and super typhoon Yolanda last 2013.
According to Sen. Gringo Honasan, until now there are still displaced families in Tacloban City and even in Zamboanga.
Because of the seemingly slow implementation of government programs, Sen. Panfilo Lacson believes it is high time to establish a department that will focus on disaster management.
“Na-experience ko ito noong nasa Yolanda ako, na wala kaming ginawa kundi mag-meeting and very short sa implementation. Kung meron talagang lead agency that will assume all responsibility at least yung implementation mapapabalis,” said Lacson.
(I experienced this during Yolanda wherein we did nothing but conduct meetings and very short implementation. If there could be a lead agency that will assume all responsibility, at least the implementation would be faster.)
Some government line agencies support the said proposal.
“There should be a form of unitary command that will deal with disasters,” Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Asec. Kristoffer James Purisima said.
“Ang major coordinator ngayon ay (the major coordinator is the) Office of Civil Defense. Definitely kailangan silang palakasin (we need to strengthen it). Kailangang dagdagan ng tao (we need to add more people),” said Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) officer-in-charge Usec. Renato Solidum Jr.
To date, a bill creating an agency or department on disaster management is being undertaken by the technical working group in the Lower House.
Lacson said he will push for the passage of its counterpart bill in the Senate.
If this will become law, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and OCD will eventually be abolished. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue