There were no Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (LDRRMO) in at least 57 local government units (LGUs) as required under the law, the Commission on Audit said in a report.
In its 2015 consolidated report on the audit of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Fund, state auditors said the failure of these LGUs to create an office for disaster risk management violated Section 11 of the Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Act, “thus, disaster risk reduction and management activities and projects was not fully implemented and monitored.”
The law states that: “The existing Provincial, City, and Municipal Disaster Coordinating Councils shall henceforth be known as the Provincial, City, and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils. The Barangay Disaster Coordinating Councils shall cease to exist and its powers and functions shall henceforth be assumed by the existing Barangay Development Councils (BDCs) which shall serve as the LDRRMC (Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) in every barangay.”
Topping the list were 10 LGUs from the Cordillera Administrative Region, followed by the nine LGUs in Region V, seven LGUs each in Regions VI and XII, five LGUs in the Negros Island Region, three LGUs each in Region I, VII, IX, and XI, two LGUs in Regions VIII and XIII, and one LGU each in IV-A, IV-B, and X.
“The following LGUs did not organize their respective LDRRMO which will be responsible for ensuring the protection and welfare of the communities during disasters and emergencies,” the auditors said.
The COA urged the mayors of these LGUs to organize its Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils which is required under the law.