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Angara bats for creation of Dep’t of Disaster Resilience anew after Luzon quake

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By: Marie P.Ruiz

Following the strong quake that rocked Metro Manila and parts of Luzon, Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara reiterated the need to immediately pass the bill creating a Department of Disaster Resilience.

Angara stressed that the Philippines needs a strong and empowered institution capable of responding to the new normal of natural disasters and climate change.

The lawmaker said “This strong earthquake reminds us of the urgency to create a single, independent and permanent agency devoted to disaster management and resilience.”

Last year, Angara filed Senate Bill 1994 or the proposed Disaster Resilience Act , which seeks to establish the Department of Disaster Resilience that will provide a “whole of government, whole of nation approach” to disasters and emergency situations.”

The new department will oversee a comprehensive and coordinated strategy in managing natural disasters with the main goal of saving lives and minimizing damage to property.

Angara said “What we want to ensure is a seamless synergy among government agencies and stakeholders from national down to the grassroots levels to effectively respond to disasters. We need to keep every member of the family safe.”

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