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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Next President, lawmakers should work to repeal law preventing quick post-calamity response, says President Duterte

Congress and the next administration should exert effort to repeal the law hindering the immediate declaration state of calamity to save lives and ease the misery of the people, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has said.

During his weekly “Talk to the People” Monday night, President Duterte blamed a law that hindered him from immediately declaring a state of calamity in areas devastated by Typhoon Odette.

 According to the President, a law covering the chief executive’s power to declare a state of calamity is based on the assessment and evaluation by disaster agencies on the ground.

“Ang problema ‘yung assessment pati ‘yung evaluation or even just the declare, maghintay ng report ‘yan… bago ako makagalaw,” he said.

 “And that is really so many provisions in the law that would hinder government to just act immediately because I said there has to be --- before the declaration, there has to be an evaluation and the assessment of damage,” he added.

For better post-calamity response, the President advised Congress and the next President to repeal the current law governing state of calamity declaration by the President.

“That law should be changed. And it behooves upon this Congress, if they want to, or the next President, may I advise: try to repeal the law so that government --- there is already the warning, hindi na kailangan ng assessment,” he said.

President Duterte declared a state of calamity on the areas affected by Typhoon Odette on December 21 under Proclamation No. 1267.

A declaration of a state of calamity expedites rescue, relief, and rehabilitation efforts of the government as well as the private sector.

It imposes price control on basic goods and commodities and directs all departments, local government units, and government’s uniformed forces to do their part in relief and rescue operations, among others.

Based on the latest National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) situation report, the typhoon left 389 deaths, 1,146 injuries, and 64 missing individuals.

The typhoon also affected over 4.2 million people or one million families, displaced 570,906 residents, and damaged 506,404 houses.

Authorities put the damage to agriculture and infrastructure at P5.3 billion and P16.7 billion, respectively.  PND