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GIVE EACH TOWN AN EVACUATION CENTER – TORRES-GOMEZ

Leyte 4th District Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez is pushing for the establishment of standard evacuation centers in all towns and cities nationwide to boost the country’s disaster preparedness. Gomez said that the recent approval of House Bill 8900 on its third and final reading at the House of Representatives is a “huge step in the country’s march […]

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NAT’L EMERGENCY RECOVERY BILL GETS HOUSE OK

The House Committee on Disaster Resilience, chaired by Leyte 4th District Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, approved House Bill 8076, which would provide for a National Emergency Recovery Program. San Jose Del Monte City Lone District Representative Rida Robes who authored the bill said the measure seeks to grant the President the power to extend the validity of […]

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PREPOSITION DISASTER AID IN WAREHOUSES – GORDON

With the country taking a battering from different disasters every year, Senator Dick Gordon reiterated his call for the government to stockpile and preposition equipment and supplies in strategic locations for faster disaster aid response. Gordon, who is also chair and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross stressed that having equipment and necessary supplies pre-positioned […]

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ROTC TO BOOST YOUTH’S CAPACITY AS DISASTER RESPONDERS – GATCHALIAN

The proposed institutionalization of the basic Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) in the senior high school level will boost the youth’s capacity as responders in times of disasters. This is the view of Senator Win Gatchalian as he underscored the need to build on the skills of the youth in responding to disasters such as […]

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UNILEVER PARTNERS WITH RED CROSS FOR DISASTER RESPONSE – GORDON

Senator Dick Gordon, Chairman of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), met recently with Unilever Philippines Vice President for Sustainable Business and Communications Ed Sunico, and Senior Manager for Sustainable Business Rondell Torres to discuss the PRC’s partnership with Unilever in responding to disasters. Unilever donated 1,000 hygiene kits, with each kit containing a body wash, shampoo […]

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HOUSE PANELS APPROVE DDR BILL – TORRES-GOMEZ

The substitute bill seeking to create the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR) has been approved, including the amendments discussed, in the joint hearing of the Committee on Government Reorganization chaired by Rep. Mario Vittorio Mariño (5th District, Batangas) and the Committee on Disaster Management chaired by Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez (4th District, Leyte). A technical working […]

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MANDATORY SERVICE OF PROFESSIONALS NEEDED IN DISASTER RESPONSE – TOLENTINO

Senator Francis Tolentino is pushing for the passage of a measure that will require mandatory civil conscription for disaster and humanitarian service. In his sponsorship speech delivered during the plenary session, Tolentino stressed that a ready and able body of professionals be equipped to be called upon to render aid in emergency situations and enable […]

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MAKE DISASTER RISK EDUCATION MANDATORY IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS – ANGARA

To foster a culture of being prepared among Filipinos, reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara renewed his call to make disaster risk education mandatory in the curriculum of primary schools to boost among young students the importance of being prepared and hone their skills in dealing with natural calamities. “Since we live in a country where earthquakes […]