All set for President Bongbong Marcos’ inauguration, OCD heightens preparedness for response
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To ensure effective emergency preparedness and response services during today’s historic oath taking of the country’s 17th President, Ferdinand R Marcos Jr. at the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) is leading the Joint Task Group on Emergency Preparedness for Response (JTG EPR) in Manila.
This joint group is composed of five Task Groups: 1. TG Fire Safety and Fire Suppression; 2. TG Chemical, Biological Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives, 3. TG Medical Emergency and Management; 4. Search, Rescue, and Retrieval, and 5. Task Group Service Support who will provide response services during oath taking should the need arise. This task group is composed of 406 personnel from OCD, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Health, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coast Guard, Local Government Units of Parañaque, and Valenzuela.
NDRRMC APPROVES ODETTE REHAB PLAN, OTHER PROPOSALS IN ITS 2Q FULL COUNCIL MEETING
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The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) met today, April 25, 2022, to discuss the proposed temporary shelter for the families affected by Tropical Storm (TS) “Agaton” and hold an after-action review of operations.
To address the immediate needs of the affected families in Abuyog and Baybay, the council discussed the proposal for the building of temporary shelters.
It was agreed in the meeting that OCD will be providing the construction materials and funding. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Mines and Geosciences Bureau, on the other hand, was tasked to conduct site assessment.
OCD provides updates on COVID-19 response fund use, says it adheres to all COA requirements
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Following media reports on the supposed unutilized COVID-19 response funds mentioned in the Commission on Audit’s (COA) annual report for 2021, the Office of Civil Defense is providing latest updates on its utilization, specifically those transferred to various Local Government Units.
In an article published by the Philippine Star dated 19 June 2022 and which was based on the said report, OCD was supposedly “flagged” by COA for the unfinished COVID-19 facilities last year as well as the use of quick response funds. This information was as of December 2021 only and no longer up to date.
OCD wishes to clarify that all the observations and recommendations in the COA Independent Auditor’s Report CY 2021 report were all responded to and complied with by OCD as of June 21, 2022.
OCD inaugurates alternate NDRRMC OpCen or GCCC in Butuan, assures sustained DRRM enhancement
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Emphasizing the continuing enhancement of capabilities in disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM), officials of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the CARAGA Regional DRRM Council inaugurated today the newly built alternate Government Command and Control Center (GCCC) in Butuan City, today, June 16, 2022.
“The construction of this alternate command center is part of our endeavor to ensure continuity of operations and to strengthen our capacity in providing services to the public in times of emergency,” said Civil Defense Deputy Administrator for Administration Assistant Secretary Hernando Caraig Jr.
“We are witnessing the actualization of this initiative [GCCC] – a testament of our continuous commitment to further enhance our capabilities in DRRM towards the attainment of our mission to build safer and resilient communities. “ he added.