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CDA ReymundoFerrer 2022 Undersecretary Raymundo Benitez Ferrer assumed office on August 3, 2022, as the 13th Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Executive Director of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) under the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.

A three-star general of the Philippine Army, he served in the military for thirty-five years until his compulsory retirement in 2012. He was designated to various key positions in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

He was assigned as the fourth commander of Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) based in Zamboanga City from October 2010 to January 2012. Some of his senior command positions were Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) based in Davao City from January 2009 to October 2010; Commander of the 6th Infantry Division, Philippine Army operating in Central Mindanao from March 2007 to January 2009. He also served as the Commander of the 1st Infantry Division of the Philippine Army operating in Zamboanga Peninsula from September 2006 to March 2007; and Commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade in Basilan Province from January 2004 to September 2006.

Usec. Ferrer was a well-known peacebuilder. He spent most of his military career in Mindanao conducting major civil military operations. His impactful leadership prompted various peace processes and had resulted in the rehabilitation of communities affected by human-induced disasters in Mindanao.

He is an active Senior Fellow and Lecturer of Balay Mindanaw Foundation - a Filipino Mindanao Based non-profit and non-stock organization primarily engaged in promoting equity-based development and sustainable peace in the poorest and conflict-torn areas of Mindanao. Some of the programs he piloted were capacity building activities on conflict management which were joined by various stakeholders.

Prior to his designation as Civil Defense Administrator, Usec. Ferrer worked as Senior Vice President for Security and Administration of the Nickel Asia Corporation from 2012-2018. He was also appointed as a member of the Food Terminal Incorporated (FTI) Board of Directors from 2018 to 2021 and was designated as Acting Chairman of the Board for a year.

Usec. Ferrer is a member of the Philippine Military Academy’s Masikap Class 1977. He received his master’s degree in Public Administration at the National College of Business of Arts in 1998.

“Ding”, as friends call him, was born on January 23, 1956, in Makati City. He is married to the former Lilibar Elmaga and has five children - Raymond, Reinalyn, Reisha, Rheianne, and Rheichel.