Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rex Gatchalian visited the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) Emergency Operations Center at Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on February 9, 2023.
The Secretary was joined by Undersecretary Eduardo Punay and personnel of the Disaster Response Management Group (DRMG) led by Undersecretary Marco Bautista and Assistant Secretary Diana Rose Cajipe.
The purpose of the visit was to check PDRF’s facilities and to provide orientation on the geographical information system (GIS) used by the emergency operations center. The orientation was followed by a short meeting between the DSWD and PDRF officials, led by its President Rene Meily and Chief Resilience Officer Guillermo Luz.
Upon his assumption to office, Secretary Gatchalian expressed his plans to further make DSWD‘s disaster management and response efforts more responsive by setting up additional response hubs and spokes, and tapping private partnerships to strengthen the disaster response systems and mechanisms of the Department.