By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. wants to put the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) under the Office of the President.
“We will put the national disaster response team under the Office of the President. And I think that we are headed in that direction because of the weather that we are suffering now from the effects of climate change,” Marcos said on Tuesday during his visit to Tacloban City for the 9th anniversary of Super Typhoon “Yolanda.”
“I think that overall, we can say that the disaster response has been a good one. However, I believe that there are ways that we can make it even more streamlined,” the President pointed out.
Marcos stressed the need to bolster disaster response initiatives and rehabilitation projects in response to the destruction wrought by recent typhoons.
The Chief Executive gave the people of Tacloban the assurance that the government will continue to give their recovery first priority, particularly the completion of the resettling of the displaced families and the provision of assistance to impacted companies.
Super Typhoon Yolanda, which hit the country on November 8, 2013, claimed more than 6,300 lives, injured more than 30,000 people, and affected more than three million families.
Currently, the NDRRMC is under the care of the Department of National Defense’s Civil Defense Office. (ai/mtvn)