Civil Defense Administrator Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad welcomed Department of National Defense (DND) Officer-in-Charge Senior Undersecretary Jose Faustino Jr. earlier today at the OCD New Admin Building in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. With OCD’s deputy administrators, service and regional directors, and division chiefs in attendance, Usec. Jalad provided a comprehensive briefing for OIC Faustino and his party on the mandate, programs and activities of the OCD including its functions as executive arm of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Usec. Jalad also presented OIC Faustino and the other new DND officials the accomplishments and thrusts of the OCD as well as an overview of the Philippine DRRM System. OIC Faustino was also introduced to his role as chairperson of the NDRRMC and the upcoming DRRM engagements which the DND OIC is expected to attend in 2022.

In his message, OIC Faustino commended the OCD and its regional offices for all the accomplishments in the field of disaster risk reduction and management and for ensuring the safety of the Filipino people against all threats of disaster. He acknowledged the sacrifices and labor done by the leaders and personnel of OCD all throughout the various emergencies that the country faced. “OCD can be assured of the support of the DND leadership as it continues its mission to protect the people, build resilience and promote the country’s development”, OIC Faustino said.

In a turnover activity held last Friday, July 1, 2022, at the DND Faustino vowed to continue the advancement of the country’s defense establishment started by his predecessor former Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. OIC Faustino will assume office as Defense Secretary on November 13, 2022. He retired as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on November 12, 2021.