This approval constitutes the elevation of four (4) divisions to service level units, the creation of the Rehabilitation and Recovery Management Service; the elevation of the OCD field units to Regional Offices, the creation of five (5) Director III positions to lead OCD services, the creation of seventeen (17) Director II positions to head the regional offices and serve as chairpersons of the Regional DRRM Councils as well as the creation of two (2) Director IV positions as Deputy Administrators. The approval allows OCD to have strong leadership not just at the national level but at the regional level as well, to be able to carry out effective DRRM plans and programs.

The request for additional OCD positions was made in congruence to the modified role and elevated responsibility of the OCD as specified by the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 or RA 10121. The previous organizational structure was provided by Presidential Decree No. 1566 and due to the expanded mandated brought about by RA 10121 giving OCD the role of executive arm of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and the administration of the Philippines’ national civil defense and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) programs, an increase in the workforce was requested by the OCD and consequently approved.

When Usec Pama assumed his post as Civil Defense Administrator in 2014, an intensive re-examination of OCD’s OSSP was conducted. An improved OSSP, submitted to the Department of National Defense, was then approved by NDRRMC Chairperson and Defense Secretary Voltaire T Gazmin and consequently endorsed to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in January 2015. This eventually led to DBM’s issuance of a Notice of Organization, Staffing and Compensation Action (NOSCA) approving 156 positions in August 2015 and another NOSCA approving the regularization of 165 contractual posts. This gives OCD a total of 622 authorized positions compared to the former 301 positions.

“We welcome this approval issued by the President as another strong boost to our nation’s DRRM program. With the expansion of the Civil Defense workforce, we would be able to address the growing demands of DRRM in the Philippines”, said Usec Alexander Pama.

The OCD has published the vacancies created by the expansion and the list of vacancies can be found in both the NDRRMC and OCD websites, applications are still being accepted.