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NO RED TAPE IN DISASTER RESPONSE – ESCUDERO

Senator Chiz Escudero is pushing for the creation of a new government agency, if not a new department, to ensure the timely, efficient, and red tape-free distribution of relief and funds during disasters and calamities. Escudero made the statement amid fresh calls from various sectors to put up a department for disaster response following the […]

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DAVAO DE ORO TO BUILD MORE DISASTER MGM’T HUBS

Davao de Oro Governor Dorothy Gonzaga is eyeing the establishment of additional disaster management hubs to further enhance the province’s disaster response and readiness.“There is a need to build more hubs, especially in remote areas that need much attention, especially when calamities arise,” Gonzaga said. The lady governor’s declaration came after the blessing and opening […]

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INCLUDE REHAB IN DISASTER RESPONSE – CAYETANO

Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano said disaster response has to go beyond delivering relief goods and must include rehabilitation as well, as he called on the Senate to pass the bill creating the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR). Cayetano made the call as parts of Visayas and Mindanao continue to reel from the aftermath of […]

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DAVAO DEL NORTE TOWN LAUNCHES ‘KUSINA NI TOMAS’

The town of Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte has acquired a mobile kitchen as part of the municipality’s disaster response to provide hot meals to disaster victims. Mayor Ernesto Evangelista said the P2.4-million worth mobile kitchen will be used by the town during a disaster operation to ensure the victims will be provided with […]

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DPWH READY FOR DISASTER RESPONSE IN NCR — MERCADO

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has already begun checking equipment assets in Metro Manila to hasten the government’s disaster and emergency response. DPWH Secretary Roger Mercado with Senior Undersecretary Rafael Yabut inspected recently available assets at the DPWH National Capital Region (NCR) equipment depot along General Santos Avenue, Lower Bicutan, Taguig City […]

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PH RED CROSS GETS 7 MORE FOOD TRUCKS – GORDON

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) procured seven additional food trucks on top of its existing 16 units as part of its efforts to help address hunger in the country, especially in times of disasters. The country’s premiere humanitarian organization’s Hot Meals on Wheels fleet, a first of its kind in the country, is part of […]

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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 […]