Section 3 further provides for the constitution of the Regional Councils with the following agencies designated as Interim Secretariat:

  • Regional Development Council - NEDA
  • Regional Peace and Order Council - DILG
  • Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council – OCD

As such,the installation ceremony of RDRRMC Negros Island Region was held on January 12, 2015 with Civil Defense Administrator and NDRRMC Executive Director USEC Alexander P. Pama as Guest of Honor.  In his message, USEC Pama expressed his hopes that given Negros Region’s experience with disasters and emergencies it can be one of the role models for a better implementation  of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in the country. The historical event was held at the Social Hall of the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol, Bacolod City.  This was duly attended by the Governor of the host province and Chair, PDRRMC Negros Occidental, Honorable Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr.  Also present were the Negros Oriental Executive Assistant of Governor Roel Degamo, Mr. Angelo Tiongson; the members of the RDRRMC Negros Island Region, PDRRMOs of Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental and the CDRRMO of Bacolod City.

RDRRMC NIR is currently chaired by Dr. Blanche T. Gobenciong, Regional Director, OCD NIR.  

In the afternoon of the same day was the Ceremonial Blessing of the OCD Regional Office at 17th Ochoa St., Barangay 5, Bacolod City.  The blessing was officiated by Rev FatherArmando B. Onion of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Bacolod City.  The event was duly attended by the partners and friends of OCD NIR, together with USEC Alexander P. Pama.

The OCD Regional Center No. XVIII is operating with eight personnel at present.


  1. OCD NIR Regional Director and RDRRMC NIR Chair, Dr. Blanche T. Gobenciong introduced the Guest of Honor and Speaker during the RDRRMC Negros Island Region Installation Ceremony.
  2. A token of appreciation is presented by OCD NIR Regional Director and RDRRMC NIR Chair, Dr. Blanche Gobenciong as expression of gratitude and recognition to USec Alexander P. Pama as Guest of Honor.
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