Monday, July 14, 2014

2014 National Disaster Consciousness Month

The official website of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is http://www.ndrrmc.gov.ph/
  1. A disaster is a sudden, calamitous event that seriously disrupts the functioning of a community or society and causes human, material, and economic or environmental losses that exceed the community’s or society’s ability to cope using its own resources. Though often caused by nature, disasters can have human origins. 
  2. The National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC) is a working group of various government, non-government, civil sector and private sector organizations of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines established by Republic Act 10121 of 2009.
  3. The Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act or The Philippine Disaster Act of 2010 which is better known as Republic Act 10121 is “An Act Strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System, Providing for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan, Appropriating Funds, Therefore and Other Purposes”  which was passed and approved on May 27, 2010 after 21 years of revisions and refiling in the two legislative bodies. This new law, unlike the previous Presidential Decree P.D. 1566, is pro-active in giving importance to disaster mitigation and preparedness measures.
  4. NDRRMC is formerly known as the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC).
  5. NDRRMC is administered by the Office of Civil Defense under the Department of National Defense. 
  6. NDRRMC is responsible for ensuring the protection and welfare of the people during disasters or emergencies.
  7. EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 137 signed by President Joseph Estrada on 10 August 1999 declared the whole month of July of every year as National Disaster Consciousness Month
  8. Proclamation No. 296 dated July 29, 1988, declared the first week of July of every year as Natural Disaster Consciousness Week.
  9. As of 12 May 2014, former Navy chief Alexander Pama is the executive director of the NDRRMC. 
  10. The Climate Change Act of 2009 is a Philippine Law that is related to Disaster Risk Reduction and is also known as Republic Act No. 9729 or the “Act Mainstreaming Climate Change into Government Policy Formulations and Creating the Climate Change Commission, highlights the synergistic action needed in dealing with the climate crisis and in reducing the risk of disasters associated with global climate change” which recognizes the constitutional right of the people to a clean ecology.
  11. Another Philippine Law that is related to Disaster Risk Reduction is Republic Act No. 10174 or the People’s Survival Fund Act which is “An Act Establishing the People’s Survival Fund to provide long-term finance streams to enable the government to effectively address the problem of Climate Change, Amending for the purpose Republic Act. No. 9729, otherwise known as the Climate Change Act of 2009.” and establishing the People’s Survival Fund with an initial P1 billion per year and there will be a People’s Survival Fund board composed of nine members chaired by the Secretary of Finance to provide policy and strategic guidance in the management and the use of the survival fund itself.
  12. For 2014, the theme is “Kahandaan at Kaligtasan ng Pamayanan, Pundasyon ng Kaunluran”.
NDCM 2014 Tarpaulin Design

References:
Department Memorandum No. 2014-0179
Executive Order No. 137, s. 1999
What is a disaster?
disaster
Disaster From Wikipedia 
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
NDRRMC-OCD Leads the Celebration of National Disaster Consciousness Month
National Disaster Consciousness Month
July is City Disaster Consciousness month 
Activities for 2014 Disaster Month kick off
July is “National Disaster Consciousness Month”
National Disaster Consciousness Month 2014 Kick-Off Ceremony
NDCM 2014 Tarpaulin Design 

Philippine Laws Related to Disaster Risk Reduction 
REPUBLIC ACT No. 10121 
Philippines_2010_Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10121
FAST FACTS: The NDRRMC 
NDRRMC Member Agencies
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
Eduardo del Rosario named new NDRRMC chief
Ex-Navy chief assumes NDRRMC post 

NewsLife: Former Navy Chief ALexander Pama designated as new OCD-NDRRMC Chief

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