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NDRRMC Chairperson and National Defense Secretary Delfin N Lorenzana presided over the meeting attended by Vice Chair for Response and DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia N Orogo. Undersecretaries, Assistant Secretaries, Directors and representatives of various NDRRMC Member Agencies were also present in the meeting.

 

Three (3) guidelines and proposals were presented and individually discussed within the Council. OCD Policy Development and Planning Service Director Bernardo Rafaelito R Alejandro IV presented the proposed membership of Civil Society Organizations and Private Sector to the NDRRMC, draft revision of guidelines on the declaration of State of Calamity, and the draft guidelines on the accreditation, mobilization and protection of Community Disaster Volunteers. Upon deliberate talks on the topics presented, members of the council decided to conduct further review and revision on the two guidelines, and further examination and profiling of the CSOs, PSO, and NGOs who are vying for NDRRMC membership. Members of the Technical Management Groups concerned were instructed to actively participate in future discussions and consultations. OCD, as the secretariat of the National Council was directed to implement appropriate actions and necessary consultations regarding the proposed policies.

 

OCD Rehabilitation and Recovery Management Service Director Tecson John S Lim provided updates on the utilization of the NDRRM Fund including updates on the 10 billion worth of projects for Task Force Bangon Marawi primarily for Marawi City rehabilitation. Members of the council emphasized on the need to encourage Local Government Units to utilize the NDRRM Fund more on disaster prevention, mitigation, and preparedness projects.

 

Secretary Delfin N Lorenzana in his guidance reiterated on the importance of inter-agency cooperation in order to build resilience.

 

He also expressed his gratitude to the members of the NDRRMC for their continued support towards the achievement of a safer, adaptive, disaster-resilient Filipino communities towards sustainable development.