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.