Privilege speech of CONGW. LUCY TORRES-GOMEZ on creation of DDR

Gomez explained that the Taal eruption is yet another illustration of the effects of fragmentation, saying that the lack of evacuation capacity — not to mention the quality of temporary accommodations — is one of the looming problems on disaster response.

“The proposed Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR) presents a department that carries the responsibility and mandate to lead, manage, direct and implement all programs pertaining to disaster resilience, from risk reduction to response, relief, recovery and rehabilitation,” said Gomez.

“The DDR will absorb key disaster risk management functions from the DND and DSWD, namely the disaster risk management functions of the Office of Civil Defense, Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau and the National Resource and Logistics Management Bureau,” she added.

Inclusion of GMRC subject in Kinder to Grade 3 curriculum approved

The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture chaired by Rep. Roman Romulo (Lone District, Pasig City) approved on Tuesday the “Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) Act of 2019,” which seeks to institutionalize the inclusion of GMRC as a separate subject in Kinder to Grade 3 levels.

The unnumbered substitute bill consolidates House Bill No. (HB) 1 authored by Speaker Alan Peter “Compañero” Cayetano, HB 609 by Rep. Resureccion Acop (2nd District, Antipolo City), HB 721 by Rep. Lucy TorresGomez (4th District, Leyte), HB 3970 by Rep. Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado (1st District, Bulacan), and HB 4259 by Rep. Lorna Silverio (3rd District, Bulacan).

The measure provides for the inclusion of the GMRC subject, taking into account the Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao Curriculum of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) K-12 program. Continue reading

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