President Rodrigo Duterte wants the passage of Disaster Agency Bill before the end of the year.
Under the proposal, the government will establish a new agency which will be called Department of Disaster Resiliency which will replace the current National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
The bill is currently being drafted although there are other proposals in disaster management that are still pending in Congress.
It can be recalled that in the previous State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the President, he recommended the creation of an Enhance Disaster Resiliency and Response Department. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo