PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has issued an executive order (EO) mandating the immediate inclusion of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) as members of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRCM).
In EO 32, Duterte explained that the two departments “play important roles in providing life systems based on acceptable standards, during or immediately after a disaster.”
The President said the DOTr handles the maintenance and expansion of “viable, efficient and dependable” transportation systems during rescue and relief operations while the DICT is indispensable in cascading “timely, accurate and reliable” information in times of emergency and disaster.
Under Republic Act (RA) 10121, the NRRMC is designated to develop a framework that would provide a comprehensive, all-hazards, multi-sectoral, inter-agency and community-based approach to disaster risk reduction and management.
The DOTr was formerly known as Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), which was one of the members of the NDRRMC.
When Duterte assumed office, he signed RA 10844 creating the DICT and renaming the DOTC as DOTr.
The funding requirements for the implementation of EO 32 would be sourced from the respective budgets of the DICT and the DOTr. (SunStar Philippines)