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The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) member agencies conducted site visits at the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) in New Clark City, Capas Tarlac on April 19 and 28, 2022, to identify potential office locations or satellite offices in the government building.

These satellite or field offices that will be established in NGAC will serve as back-up administrative hubs and utilized as a disaster recovery center to ensure continuity of government services and facilitate continuous collaboration and coordination of different agencies.

The establishment of the NGAC is pursuant to Executive Order No. 119, s. 2020, which provides for the establishment of a national government administrative center in New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac, providing for an integrated government center outside the National Capital Region in case of disaster, and directing the whole-of-government to establish satellite offices.

Relative to this, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) issued Resolution No. 02, s. 2022, providing for the phases and clusters for the establishment of the satellite or field offices in NGAC.

“This [establishment of field or satellite offices] reiterates the government’s commitment to strengthen the country’s resilience against earthquakes, floods, and other natural hazards for the purpose of ensuring public safety, government and business continuity, and national security” said Policy Development and Planning Service Director Susana G. Juangco in her opening remarks.

The NGAC is set to house various national government agencies. This 7-storey building can accommodate up to 3,000 employees and can withstand an earthquake with 8.5 magnitude and winds of up to 270 kilometers per hour.