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In recent years, various laws have been signed to strengthen disaster risk reduction and management in the country.
In May 2010, following the devastation of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act (RA 101211) was signed to reformat the former National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) to the present National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
The Department of National Defense, tasked to head the NDRRMC, released in September 2010 the implementing rules and regulations for the said law.
In December 2012, the Risk Reduction and Preparedness Equipment Protection Act (RA 10344) was signed, which penalizes the unauthorized taking, stealing, keeping or tampering of government risk reduction and preparedness equipment, accessories and similar facilities.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), in coordination with NDRRMC, adopted and promulgated in June 2013 the rules and regulations for the said law.