August 12, 2022

Member-agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council were briefed this morning on the country's disaster response and early recovery system by the Office of Civil Defense in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Led by Civil Defense Administrator Usec Raymundo B Ferrer, the orientation is a refresher for the newly designated disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) focal persons who will be sitting as members of the response cluster.

Civil Defense Deputy Administrator for Operations, Assistant Secretary Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro IV discussed the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System.

This was followed by a comprehensive discussion on the various hazards presented by experts from the warning agencies: the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration on hydrometeorological hazards, Mines and Geosciences Bureau on rain-induced landslides, and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on geological hazards.

The disaster response mechanisms including the use of the Incident Command System, the response clusters' roles and responsibilities, and the response and early recovery requirements were also tackled in the orientation.

Asec. Hernando Caraig, Civil Defense Deputy Administrator for Administration and Operations Service Director, Hamid Bayao also joined the briefing along with officers and staff of the OCD’s Operations Center.