MANILA - House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Friday said she has called for a meeting with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) at the House of Representatives to check on government’s response to those affected by recent typhoons.
She said the council will brief lawmakers on Monday regarding the situation in areas hit by recent floods, particularly in the Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, and CALABARZON.
Arroyo, who represents the second district of Pampanga, said she is also looking to distribute aid in affected areas.
The former president had vowed to help constituents in disaster-stricken districts.
"We start with relief, maybe medical, and then that's why we're having the NDCC (National Disaster Coordinating Council, former name of the NDRRMC) meeting. We can find out from them what are their plans for rehabilitation and check it out with the congressmen and the LGUs (local government units) whether it is the right prioritization para (so that) it will be rational," she told reporters.
The NDRRMC was formerly called the NDCC during Arroyo's term as chief executive, before the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act was enacted in 2010.
Aside from legislation, lawmakers also have oversight powers over executive agencies as check and balance in the current system of government.
Arroyo on Friday visited the disaster-stricken area of Barangay Pinulot in Dinalupihan, Bataan in the district of Rep. Geraldine Roman.
She also dropped by her constituents in Sasmuan, Pampanga to give relief efforts as they too were affected by recent flooding.
Arroyo expects a bill on one of President Rodrigo Duterte's priorities, the creation of the Department on Disaster Management, to be approved by House committees concerned next week.
The bill is currently pending at a subcommittee level of a technical working group.
Arroyo recalled that other legislative priorities of the President have already hurdled the House.
“When I got in as speaker, I checked the priorities of the president. Number one was the Coco Levy Fund, done. Number 2 is Land Use Act, done. Number 3 was Disaster Management Department,” she said.