DRRM Act 2010 finally signed into law

June 10, 2010 by  
Filed under Across the Regions, News

The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act 2010 which promotes community based disaster management has been finally signed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo last May 27, 2010 into law now known as Republic Act 10121.

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It took nearly nine years before the bill is signed into law and is supported by civil society organizations including Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC). The implementation of the law will now be the responsibility of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, which is empowered with policy-making, coordination, integration, supervision, monitoring and evaluation functions.

The DRRM Law protects the people’s constitutional right to life and property. Property is noted as the determinant of vulnerability and the protection of which requires strengthening the capacity of local partners and the nation’s infrastructure while building local resilience to impacts of climate change: Capacity is the, “combination of all strengths and resources available within a community, society or organization that can reduce the level of risk, or effects of a disaster (DRRM Law, Sec. 3b).”

The DRRM Law moves towards structuring universal standards of humanitarian assistance, such as standard operating procedures on deployment of rapid assessment teams, information sharing and communication systems, along with involvement and participation by all stakeholders. In order for this to be effective, the DRRM Law is coupled with a program within the Government’s development plan which stipulates good governance, transparency and accountability.

The establishment of trust and communication between parties both horizontally and vertically allows for the decentralization of power, resources and responsibilities as well as enlarges the scope for developing “policies and plans and the implementation of actions and measures (DRRM Law, Section 4).”

One policy in place thus far is the establishment of training institutes for preparedness, which is already undertaken by certain civil society groups such as CDRC. This includes education on disaster risk reduction in schools, Sangguniang Kabataan Programs, and for public sector employees. Another step which will be taken for risk reduction and management is the “accreditation, mobilization, and protection of disaster volunteers and National Service Reserve Corps, Civil Service Organizations and the Private Sector (DRRM Law, Sec. 13).”

Also, according to DRRM Law, in a state of calamity the Government will implement a price ceiling on basic necessities in order to ensure affordability.  Thirty percent of the NDRRM Fund is set aside for immediate relief and assistance in the state of calamity with a Quick Response Fund.

Information retrieved from:

http://www.bulatlat.com/main/2009/10/16/ondoy-pepeng-underscore-need-for-%E2%80%98pro-active%E2%80%99-disaster-management-system-says-cdrc/

http://www.ndcc.gov.ph/attachments/045_REPUBLIC%20ACT%20No%2010121%20part%201.pdf

http://www.ndcc.gov.ph/attachments/045_REPUBLIC%20ACT%20No.%2010121%20Part%202.pdf

Comments

3 Comments on "DRRM Act 2010 finally signed into law"

  1. Salvador D. Lagumbay on Fri, 2nd Jul 2010 9:49 am 

    DRRM Law Is 4 welfare of the community protiction and gide to all local oficial in implemingting rolls

  2. Fermin Rempillo on Fri, 5th Nov 2010 12:53 pm 

    I am happy with the DRRM Act of 2010, it somehow revolutionalized the old school of viewing disaster. However, the framework of the law is still too broad which is too difficultu to find where is Juan in the picture of the Law. I am advocating for a community -managed disaster risk reduction where resiliency of the community is in thier decisions and dynamics not in the hand of the other people or groups. This is the true meaning of empowerment a mechanism that uphold the self reliance of the communities. I hate to see communities or families begging fo relief after the calamity.

  3. CDRC Admin on Mon, 8th Nov 2010 4:48 pm 

    same here sir. we are pushing for a community-based drr.