Retired Army general Benito Ramos, head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), has resigned to take care of his ailing wife. His resignation takes effect Feb 1. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Ramos' immediate superior, has confirmed that he has submitted his resignation. As NDRRMC head, saw the worst typhoons to hit the Philippines – Ondoy in 2009, Sendong in 2011 and Pablo in 2012. He was the public face of government preparations in the face of numerous disasters and weather upheavals in the past 3 years, being the source of warnings and updates about them.