Majority back creation of DDR, survey finds out

Published December 7, 2020, 5:03 PM

by Ben Rosario

Eight out of 10 Filipinos support the creation of a Department of Disaster Resilience while five out of ten agree that the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council is capable of addressing urgent concerns in times of calamities, a mobile app-based survey conducted by WR Number Research has found out.

Rescuers evacuate residents from their flooded homes after Typhoon Vamco hit, in Marikina City, suburban Manila on November 12, 2020. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP/ File photo)

In the nationwide survey with 5,000 respondents held from Nov. 23 to 28, a high level of awareness about the passage of House Bill 5989 or the bill creating the Department of Disaster Resilience was registered.

Registering 241 affirmative and seven negative votes,  the House of
Representatives passed HB 5989 on third and final reading last Sept. 21.

HB 5989 consolidated 35 bills that were filed by Reps. Abraham “Bambol” N. Tolentino (PDP-Laban, Tagaytay City); David C. Suarez (PDP-Laban, Quezon)  and Anna Marie Villaraza-Suarez (ALONA partylist); Inno Dy (NPC, Isabela); Xavier Jesus Romualdo (PDP-Laban, Camiguin); Eric Go Yap (ACT-CIS partylist); Yedda Marie Romualdez (Tingog partylist), and Alfred Vargas (PDP-Laban, Quezon City), among others.

It seeks the creation of a new national government department that would be primarily responsible for “leading, organizing, and managing national efforts to reduce disaster risk, prepare for, and respond to disasters, recover and rehabilitate, and build forward better after the occurrence of disasters.”

WR Numero Research conducted the survey to gauge the level of support of Filipinos towards the enactment of the bill.

A quota sampling method based on geographic location, age, gender, and household income was utilized to gather data in the survey.

The online survey indicated that at least 89 percent of those who responded to the poll questions said they are fully aware of HB 5989 while only 11 percent are not.

When asked whether they agree about the implementation of HB No. 5989, majority (77 percent) said they agree, with 44 percent of them saying they strongly agree. 19 percent are unsure, while four percent either disagree or strongly disagree.

At least 54 percent, comprising a majority of respondents, said they believe the NDRRMC is capable of handling the country’s problems on disasters and calamities. Of these respondents, 26 percent strongly agree while 20 percent are unsure.

The number of those who do believe that the NDRRMC cannot address the calamity concerns is 26 percent of the respondents surveyed.