By Ernie Reyes | InterAksyon.com
MANILA, Philippines - The 65 deaths and massive destruction of property caused by typhoon "Seniang" last December have added compelling new reasons for the urgent codification of disaster management procedures, Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., said on Monday.
"The government should come up with a standard code of best practices in risk reduction and disaster response," Marcos said in a prepared statement.
He noted that the government had made a big improvement in terms and preparation and coordination for the recent typhoon "Ruby" compared to typhoon "Yolanda" more than a year ago.
"Let's make the typhoon Ruby preparations a benchmark of sorts. There was good coordination among local government units, and so was the collaborative effort between the public and private sectors. We should not rely on haphazard, ad-lib efforts and leaving things to chance, especially disaster management, disaster response, disaster mitigation work. These things should be codified in order to ensure consistent, predictable and measurable execution," he said.
"We should document and incorporate these into the standard procedure of NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction Council)," Marcos added.
Marcos expressed disappointment over the poor performance of the government on all fronts in response to the onslaught of typhoon "Seniang" last December, which he said was a far cry from that for typhoon Ruby, which was a stronger weather disturbance.