Bayan questions creation of new task force for rehab of ‘Ulysses’ damaged areas; cites presence of NDRRMC

Published November 14, 2020, 5:34 PM

by Raymund Antonio

An activist group on Saturday questioned the creation of a new inter-agency task force that would streamline the government’s response and rehabilitation efforts when it already has the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

“Task Force? Di ba meron nang NDRRMC at nandun na lahat ng relevant na ahensya ng gobyerno? (Task Force? Don’t we have the NDRRMC, and all of the relevant agencies are there),” Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. asked in a tweet.

In a televised public address, President Duterte said he has ordered the creation of the task force to expedite the rehabilitation of affected areas in the aftermath of Typhoon Ulysses.

He instructed the task force to cut red tape and gave them a timeline, but did not give specifics.

Reyes believes this task force is no longer necessary with the existence of the NDRRMC to do the tasks.

“No Mr. President. We do not need another task force for disaster relief. We already have a government body where all relevant departments are represented and are tasked to coordinate. It’s called the NDRRMC,” he said. 

Metro Manila, Rizal, Cagayan, and other parts of Luzon were submerged by heavy floods triggered by Ulysses, prompting residents to scramble onto rooftops of their homes, awaiting rescue.

The government has already sent responders to rescue the stranded typhoon victims in affected areas.