Alexander Pama: Learning lessons from managing disasters
MANILA, Philippines – In a country constantly threatened by natural disasters, Alexander Pama fights a different kind of war.
Pama is the outgoing executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and administrator of the Office of Civil Defense. He was appointed in 2014.
Pama, a retired Navy vice admiral, took over the country's disaster management agency at a time of increased scrutiny for its handling of the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
The agency is at the forefront of every typhoon and natural or manmade disaster. He has also been praised by leaders in the private sector and civil society for his handling of the mass evacuation of thousands before Typhoon Ruby hit land in December 2014.
Undersecretary Alexander Pama talks to Maria Ressa on the lessons he has learned in managing disasters and the challenges that still lie ahead.
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