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President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, November 14, announced the creation of a new task force to “streamline” rescue, relief, and rehabilitation efforts for those who were affected by Typhoon Ulysses and recent typhoons.
“Ang gobyerno natin ay gumagawa ng mga patakaran na para matulungan makabangon ‘yung tinamaan ng epekto ng typhoon. Kaya sa madalian, gumawa ako ng hakbang – creation of a task force,” Duterte said in a brief address.
(Our government is already crafting guidelines to help those who were affected by the typhoon get back on their feet. So I quickly took this step – the creation of a task force.)
Duterte did not detail the members of the new task force, but he said that almost all agencies are represented.
“They have representatives there in that task force. Binibigyan ko sila ng timeline para gumawa ‘yang mga hakbang na ‘yan na walang delay at i-cut ‘yung red tape para mabilis ang takbo ng tulong sa tao (I am giving them a timeline to implement the measures without delay, to cut the red tape so that assistance is given quickly to the people),” Duterte said.
Duterte also said that among those deployed round-the-clock for typhon response are members of the Coast Guard, Army, and Navy.
At present, however, there are already different agencies involved in disaster response.
Through Republic Act No. 10121, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) was formed in 2010. It is tasked to ensure the protection and welfare of the people during disasters or emergencies.
The NDRRMC is a working group of various government agencies and offices, and nongovernmental, civil sector, and private sector organizations. It is headed by the Secretary of the Department of National Defense.
Typhoon Ulysses affected a total of 1,262 barangays in Luzon – of which 1,006 saw flooding, according to Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año. Governor Manuel Mamba said Typhoon Ulysses brought the “worst flooding” in the area in decades, leaving at least 9 people dead. – Rappler.com