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Roque wants new dept to provide quick response during crisis

UniTeam senatorial candidate Harry Roque wants to create a department that will immediately help disaster-stricken Filipinos.

Roque said such a specialized agency, to be called the Department of Disaster Resilience,” would handle the overall responsibility of those affected by natural disasters and calamities.

“Para sa mga nasunugan, relevant din diyan ‘yung Department of Disaster Resilience kasi kinakailangan ng isang specialized agency ang nakapagbibigay agad ng tulong matapos ang aberya, gaya po ng sunog, gaya rin po ng mga bagyo, pagputok ng bulkan at ng mga lindol,” Roque said when asked about his plans for evacuees who lost their homes due to fire.

“Kung talagang napadami po kung nagkakaroon ng matinding pagsubok sa bagyo, lindol, pagputok ng bulkan, hindi po sapat ang pag pag response ng NDRRMC, na binubuo ng iba’t ibang kalihim ng iba’t ibang departamento,” he said.

He quoted President Rodrigo Duterte as saying that there should only be one person in charge – the secretary of the Department of Disaster Resilience.

Roque said the department would ensure that climate change in the country would not worsen as it would implement regulations to protect the environment.

A report of the National Integrated Climate Change Database and Information Exchange System said the impacts of climate change in the Philippines are immense, including annual losses in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Climate change also has adversely affected rainfall patterns and distribution, droughts, threats to biodiversity and food security, sea-level rise, public health risks, and endangerment of vulnerable groups such as women and indigenous people.

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