MANILA—The House of Representatives appropriations committee on Wednesday endorsed a consolidated bill creating the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR).
The DDR will be the primary agency responsible for disaster preparedness, prevention, mitigation, response, recovery and rehabilitation.
The panel, headed by Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab, approved the measure ahead of the out-of-town plenary session of the lower house in Batangas, where the chamber is scheduled to pass the bill on second reading.
"The eruption of Taal Volcano requires us to act on this measure now,” Ungab told his colleagues.
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is the principal author of the bill, which passed through the appropriations committee because of its appropriation provisions.
Iloilo 3rd District Rep. Lorenz Defensor, co-author of the bill, said the proposed new department would absorb the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and other relevant agencies, their personnel and their funds.—Report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News