Vice President Leni Robredo warned that establishing a new Department on Disaster Response will only create “many levels in the bureaucracy” that will be unnecessary.
Robredo said according to some local executives one of the challenges is the overlapping agencies that respond to calamities.
“Working in silos makes it very difficult to harmonize the policies of these many agencies having specific roles that sometimes contradict each other,” she added.
Robredo said that while it is “worth studying,” it would be best to “assess first if we really need it.”
Robredo said the “National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council” (NDRRMC) which is under the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) is responsible for ensuring the protection and welfare of the people during disasters.
Robredo said, “If our only solution when problems arise is to create a new disaster [department], it will be more difficult because we might create unnecessary levels in the bureaucracy.”
“It would be worth studying the existing agency and what is lacking or missing,” she added.
If what is lacking in the existing agency can be addressed by legislation or by “any other means,” Robredo said there is no need to create a new one. “If this will not really work, if it cannot be solved by any other means, then let’s create a new one,” she said.