Monday, March 07, 2011

From NDCC to NDRRMC: What's in a name?

In Marichu Villanueva's column in the Philippine Star, it was reported that former Senator Loren Legarda had a banter with John Hendra, a United Nations resident coordinator in Vietnam.

Hendra told Legarda that Vietnamese weather authorities consider Manila as their “early warning system” as typhoons that hit the Philippines wreak the same devastation on Vietnam. Taking off from this banter, Legarda remarked that she might as well “export” to Vietnam two landmark laws on climate change that she authored and shepherded approval in the previous 14th Congress to help the Vietnamese people on disaster risk reduction and preparedness.

Legarda particularly refers to the Climate Change Act of 2009 under Republic Act 9729 and RA 10121, the law that reorganized the defunct National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) into the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).

While it was just a light exchange, and a banter at that, at least di ito tulad ng Twitter exchange in Sec. Ricky Carandang at ex-palace aid Mai Mislang. But it appears that Legarda, who was so proud with the laws she authored, does not understand the real thing. Will a change in a name from NDCC to NDRRMC reduce risks from disasters? If I change my name from Tikboy to Charles, will I become the prince of England?

Siguro medyo gumuwapo ako sa pangalan but my status and my face remains the same.

Sana instead of name-change, face-lift na lang ang ginawa ni Legarda para sa disaster management system dito sa Pilipinas. These could be as follows:
  • Medyo mataas na calamity fund hindi lang 5% lalo na sa mga LGUs
  • Insurance na hindi gagastahin ang calamity fund para sa mga Christmas bonuses
  • Insurance na kung hindi magastos ang calamity fund, magiging seed fund ito for projects that can mitigate risks in the next year
  • Mandatory updating of land use plans to contain disaster risk reduction plans
  • Regular check-ups or public and private infrastructures to ensure that these will help mitigate disaster-related risks rather than become a liability during disasters.
  • Atbp. Marami pang puwedeng gawin. 
Di ba, Miss Loren?

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