DSWD pledges to boost disaster response mechanisms

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MANILA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Tuesday vowed to bolster its collaboration with several stakeholders to further improve disaster response mechanisms.

This, after the department got the highest approval rating on the government’s response to the needs of calamity-hit areas, based on the latest Pulse Asia Ulat ng Bayan nationwide survey on “Important National Concerns and Performance Rating of the National Administration on Selected Issues”.

As vice chair for the disaster response cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the DSWD attributed the high approval rating to the consistent on-the-ground coordination of local government units (LGUs), which are the first to respond, and national government agencies (NGAs) involved in disaster response.

In partnership with the LGUs and other member agencies of the NDRRMC, the department also strategically prepositioned food and non-food items in typhoon and flood-prone areas to ensure that there are sufficient relief resources before the imminent disaster strikes.

The nationwide poll was done face-to-face with all member agencies from September 17 to September 21. It was based on the response of 1,200 participants 18 years old and above.

The agency stressed that disaster response and assistance to impacted families are integral components of the whole-of-government approach undertaken by the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.