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BILLS FOR DISASTER PREPS, EMERGENCIES GET HOUSE OK

The House of Representatives, under the leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, passed several measures before going on recess. The House approved on third and final reading House Bill 8999 or the proposed “Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Act.” It garnered 195 affirmative and six negative votes, without any abstention. HB 8999 seeks to organize a […]

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HOUSE PANEL OKS CLIMATE EMERGENCY DECLARATION

The House Committee on Disaster Resilience adopted recently a resolution declaring a disaster and climate emergency. House Resolution No. 535, authored by Representative Joey Sarte Salceda (2nd District, Albay), expresses the will of the House that the country has been suffering from a disaster and climate emergency which now compels a whole-of-government, whole-of-society, and whole-of-nation […]

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GIVE TYPHOON-HIT LGUS MORE AID – GORDON

With the buffet of disasters battering different parts the country yearly, Senator Dick Gordon has proposed additional allocations to augment the calamity funds of local government units (LGUs), especially those that were hit by the recent disasters that hit the country, such as the regions of Bicol, Cagayan and the National Capital Region, among others. […]

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VILLAFUERTE BATS FOR PERMANENT EVACUATION CENTERS

Camarines Sur Representative LRay Villafuerte has underscored anew the urgency of  building permanent evacuation centers in disaster-prone areas following the triple onslaught that his home province and other Bicol provinces from the recent string of strong typhoons that struck the country.  Villafuerte said Camarines Sur and the rest of Bicol had suffered massive destruction and […]

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CREATE PERMANENT EVACUATION CENTERS – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian said the government should seriously consider constructing permanent disaster-resilient and fully-equipped shelters for evacuees during natural calamities. “Experience has taught us, like the harrowing super typhoon Yolanda, to rethink our strategies in emergency preparedness and invest in sophisticated early warning systems to mitigate the number of casualties,” Gatchalian said. “The exigency of […]

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VILLAFUERTE WANTS RENT SUBSIDIES FOR ELIGIBLE INFORMAL SETTLERS, RELOCATION TO SAFE HOUSING PROJECTS

Deputy Speaker LRay Villafuerte wants state subsidies for the rentals of eligible informal settlers to encourage them to transfer from danger areas and public and privately-owned lands to permanent homes available in the formal housing market.  Villafuerte said his proposed rent subsidies will likewise address the temporary relocation of families displaced by either natural or […]

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COASTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM PROPOSED IN DPWH-JICA MEETING – VILLAR

Officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) met recently to strengthen Philippines’ coastal management program and policies. The talk between DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, JICA Coastal Disasters and Management in the Philippines Senior Representative Ayumu Oshima, Undersecretaries Emil K. Sadain and Roberto R. Bernardo centered […]

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200 EVACUATION CENTERS TO BE BUILT – VILLAR

The government is targeting the construction of more than 200 disaster-resilient evacuation centers this year to accommodate those displaced by calamities, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said. To date, around 114 evacuation centers have already been set-up under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said in a weekly […]

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DUTERTE NEEDS TO CERTIFY AS URGENT DDR BILL – GO

During his visit to victims of Typhoon Tisoy in Daraga, Albay, Senator Bong Go urged his colleagues in the Senate and the House of Representatives to expedite the passage of the proposed measure providing for the creation of a Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR) as calamities such as earthquakes and typhoons frequently occur in the […]

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GORDON TO AMBASSADORS: BE A FRIEND OF SUFFERING HUMANITY

Senator Dick Gordon, chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), has knocked on the hearts of the different ambassadors posted in the country for donations for families affected by the various disasters that have recently hit the country. Hosting a fund-raising dinner at the Peninsula Manila recently, Gordon told the ambassadors present and […]