NDCC underscores preparation to mitigate impact of disasters

May 16, 2012 9:45 pm 

ILOILO CITY, May 16 — Undersecretary Benito T. Ramos of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has underscored the significance of preparation to mitigate the impact of disasters.

Ramos said everybody has a responsibility in mitigating disasters, especially when even the most prepared countries in the world like Japan were not able to contain disasters.

The NDRRMC executive director graced Tuesday’s launching of the "Pagpakigbuylog sa Pagangaman’ (Partnership in Disaster Risk Reduction) in Guimaras where an agreement was signed between the recipient local government units, the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines – (PHAP) Cares Foundation Inc and the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) in Western Visayas.

The launching for partnership on disaster program in the province of Guimaras is already the second in Western Visayas, the first of which was launched last February 6 in this city.

Ramos said a disaster program is necessary to reduce the number of casualties during disasters.

Guimaras Governor Felipe H. Nava said that disaster risk reduction program is a concern of the province being one of the tourist destinations in the country.

Four government agencies have key roles during disasters, according to Ramos, to include the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for prevention and mitigation; the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for preparedness; the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) for rehabilitation and recovery; and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)for response. (PNA)

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