Jimeno eyes separate resiliency offices for man-made, natural disasters


Posted at May 22 2018 10:36 AM | Updated as of May 22 2018 10:46 AM

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MANILA - There should be a "very strong department" that will handle disaster resiliency and risk management for natural phenomena, a Palace undersecretary said Tuesday.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), which is under the Office of Civil Defense, can then focus on human-induced tragedies, such as the Marawi crisis, said Karen Jimeno, undersecretary for disaster resiliency of the Presidential Management Staff.

"It’s what we learned from the past—(natural disasters are) too much for one agency to handle. And if we’re looking at lines of expertise, it makes sense when if it’s a human-induced disaster, we also need different sets of skill," she told ANC's Headstart.

"It’s really this department for disaster resiliency, it includes climate change adaptation, risk mitigation. This is the trend now when you talk about that holistic approach: it includes sustainability," she said.

Having the "right policy in place" is high on her list of priorities in her new job, said Jimeno, adding that she thinks this could be accomplished within the year.

The Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, which created the NDRRMC, was due to be reviewed in 2015 and there are 17 bills currently pending to amend or overhaul the law, she said.