The acronym may be a little lengthy, but the council plays a major role in protecting the country and keeping it safe from the disasters and other natural calamities. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is an agency that has undertaken the task to prepare for and respond to natural calamities, such as typhoons and earthquakes. The council can also monitor human-induced emergencies, such as armed conflicts and any maritime accidents.
The council works as a team and strategies are made to mitigate the impact of disasters and increase the resiliency of both the national government and local government units when disasters strike the city. It is a policy-making body and it is assigned with the responsibility to formulate a DRRM framework offering a comprehensive, inter-agency, all hazards, and community-based approach to disaster risk reduction and management. Technically, DRRM covers 4 aspects of an emergency response – prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, and rehabilitation and recovery.
As the council is responsible for disaster risk reduction and management, it includes:
*Risk assessment and early warning
*Knowledge building and awareness raising
*Reducing underlying risk factors
*Preparedness for effective response and early recovery.
That said, disaster risk reduction and management is the systematic process of using administrative directives, organizations, and operational skills and capabilities to implement policies and strategies and improve the coping characteristics to reduce the adverse impact of hazards and the possibility of a disaster.
Different roles have been given to the team members who in turn follow the protocol and ensure that the help reaches at the right place in the right time. As per the directives, the council focuses only on disaster preparedness and response, and with a clear unity of command to lead the efforts of the government in confronting the challenges brought about by natural disasters with the help of evidence-driven and science-based approach in crisis management.
The council establishes a task force that will oversee and coordinate the preparation, coordination, monitoring, and evaluation of DRRM plans, programs, projects, and activities on disaster preparedness and response.
The newly formed task force under NDRRMC is also given the responsibility to establish a calibrated natural disaster mobilization system that includes a pre-disaster risk assessment working as a decision-making tool in response to the events happening around.
The new task force will also coordinate with other relevant government agencies, if needed, along with local governments to get assistance of consultants, exports, and professional advisors. This task force can declare an event as a natural calamity and pass it on to NDRRMC and approve disbursements from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund.
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