Tag: disaster resiliency

Ping: R & D sa Kalamidad, Dapat Bahain ng Pondo

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Para mapabuti ang paghahanda sa mga kalamidad, dapat na gawing ehemplo ng pamahalaan ang mga matatagumpay na kumpanyang namuhunan sa research and development (R & D).

Ito ang iminungkahi ni Senador Panfilo Lacson, chairman ng Senate Commitee on National Defense and Security, matapos ang sunod-sunod na kalamidad, kasama ang pagsabog ng bulkang Taal.

Ayon kay Lacson, mga 0.4 porsiyento lamang ang nakalaan sa R & D sa pambansang gastusin.

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Malaking Maitutulong: Lacson Pushes Bigger State Investment in R & D for Disaster Preparedness

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To enhance its disaster preparedness and risk management capabilities, the government should take a cue from big, successful companies: invest big on research and development (R & D).

On this note, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson pushed for bigger investments in R & D, which he lamented accounts for only a minuscule 0.4 percent of the national budget.

“Science entails research. Science can greatly help especially during disasters. Yet, why do we appropriate only 0.4 percent on the average for R & D?” said Lacson, who chaired a Senate hearing on disaster management last Wednesday.

Related: Ping: R & D sa Kalamidad, Dapat Bahain ng Pondo
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Senate Hearing on Disaster Management and Resilience

At the Senate hearing on disaster resilience and management, Sen. Lacson cited issues that should be addressed before the Senate can even consider coming up with a committee report creating an entirely new department to address disaster management. Lacson, who chaired the hearing, also stressed the need to shift disaster response and management from reactive to proactive.

During the hearing, Sen. Lacson also questioned where the unspent disaster funds in past years went, even as he stressed the need to allocate more government resources to research and development.

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Interview on DZBB: Saan Napunta ang P4B Kaltas sa 2020 Calamity Fund? | Jan. 17, 2020

The Senate sought P20B in calamity funds in the 2020 budget, but the bicameral conference committee approved only P16B. Where did the P4B go?

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#PINGterview: On Creation of an Office on Disaster Resilience; PNP Procurement Mess | Jan. 14, 2020

In an interview with Senate media, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– removal of procurement powers from the PNP
– creation of an office on disaster resilience
– proposed cloud seeding at Taal

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PingBills | Pagrebisa sa Building Code, Isinulong ni Ping vs Lindol, Kalamidad

Sa hangaring mapaghandaan ang mga darating pang kalamidad gaya ng malalakas na lindol, mapaminsalang bagyo at baha, inihain ni Senador Panfilo Lacson ang panukalang naglalayong itaas o palakasin ang building safety standards ng bansa.

Pangunahing layunin ng Senate Bill 1239 na isailalim sa masinsinang pag-araal ang 1977 National Building Code of the Philippines na magpahanggang ngayon ay hindi pa nagkakaroon ng pagbabago.

“Experience tells us that there is an urgent need to strengthen the overall policy on how buildings and structures are built in the country. Not to mention the country’s geographical location along the boundary of major tectonic plates and at the center of the typhoon belt, coupled by its socially and economically vulnerable population, it becomes even more imperative to review our four-decade-old National Building Code,” paliwanag ni Lacson.

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PingBills | For Disaster Resiliency: Lacson Bill Strengthens Building Safety Standards

The devastation and loss of life caused by recent calamities, such as the magnitude-6.9 earthquake that struck Davao del Sur last Dec. 15, drive home the need to strengthen building safety standards in the Philippines.

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson stressed this as he filed Senate Bill 1239 to help protect the public from the effects of natural and man-made disasters, while giving the antiquated 1977 National Building Code a much-needed update.

“Experience tells us that there is an urgent need to strengthen the overall policy on how buildings and structures are built in the country. Not to mention the country’s geographical location along the boundary of major tectonic plates and at the center of the typhoon belt, coupled by its socially and economically vulnerable population, it becomes even more imperative to review our four-decade-old National Building Code,” Lacson said in his bill.

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