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(06 November 2020)

NDRRMC conducts emergency Full Council meeting to address the effects of STY “ROLLY” and TY “QUINTA”.

Led by National Defense Secretary Delfin N Lorenzana, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council convened its Full Council today, 6 November 2020, in emergency session, to discuss the effects of Typhoon “Quinta” and Super Typhoon “ROLLY”, government response activities and the placing of the affected regions under a state of Calamity.

NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator, Usec Ricardo B Jalad, presented a summary of all government preparations and the ongoing response actions of the various agencies to address the impacts of Typhoon “QUINTA” and Super Typhoon “ROLLY”. Due to the widespread damages wrought by the consecutive typhoons, a recommendation to place Regions V, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA under a state of calamity was made. This was duly adopted by the council and the said recommendation will be sent to the President for approval.

Another recommendation made was for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and National Housing Authority (NHA) to standardize the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) where beneficiaries would receive financial assistance for the repair of houses. The NHA was also advised to assist local government units (LGUs) in the relocation of the displaced coming from danger-zones and the building of temporary shelters.

In preparation for the possible influx of donations to assist the government response, the NDRRMC will expand the current Philippine Humanitarian Assistance Registry (PHAR) to record and monitor donations for other disasters.

The significance of emergency telecommunication was reiterated in the meeting and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) was advised to expand the current government emergency communications system (GECS). LGUs were also advised to invest on satellite and high frequency (HF) radio communications. Sec Lorenzana also emphasized the effectiveness of prepositioning AFP communication teams nearby areas to be affected by a tropical cyclone.

On the matter of the depleted local disaster risk reduction and management fund (LDRRMF), the DILG was tasked to submit to the NDRRMC an update of the status of the LDRRMF of LGUs and recommend possible augmentation of their Quick Response Funds.

Concerns on the water supply were raised in the meeting. The Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) was tasked by the NDRRMC to look into improving the resilience of water systems in all LGUs. The NDRRMC Response Cluster’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) subcluster was also advised to invest in mobile water treatment facilities.

The rehabilitation and recovery of affected communities was discussed as well and the early conduct of a post disaster needs assessment (PDNA) was recommended, with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) leading the efforts.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III reported in the meeting that the governors of Catanduanes and Albay were already advised to start hiring 5,000 persons (per province) for the cash for work program for the clean-up of affected community

Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña also reported the deployment of inspection teams from PHIVOLCS to check the situation of Mayon Volcano post the Lahar flow incident. While DOST Usec Renato Solidum Jr, on the other hand, reported the roll-out of their situation data mapper or Damage Survey Tool that can be used for the crowd sourcing of information related to the damages incurred by communities from a disaster.

The emergency council meeting, held via the ZOOM platform, was attended by the heads and representatives of NDRRMC member agencies.