The Aquino administration assured that it will continue to step up efforts towards a more intensive disaster risk reduction and management procedures in the face of typhoons and calamities.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued the statement during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Thursday following the release of the latest survey by the independent pollster Pulse Asia Inc. that showed that the national administration obtained a grade of 80 for its disaster preparedness efforts.
“We continue to study ways of improving our disaster preparedness and certainly we are grateful to the Filipino people for appreciating the efforts of the government and also of the President,” Lacierda said.
The government underscored the contributions of the media entities for helping the government in the information dissemination, according to Lacierda.
Lacierda noted that the social media and the people helped mobilize assistance and rescue efforts to the victims of massive flooding in Metro Manila and nearby provinces during typhoons and habagat.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD) managed to immediately preposition the relief goods in affected areas because the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) managed to immediately relay the accurate warnings to the government, the media and the public.
President Benigno S. Aquino III earlier directed the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to improve its information dissemination campaign to immediately and accurately convey its warnings to the public during the times of calamities, Lacierda said.
In response to President Aquino’s instructions, the DOST, in close coordination with PAGASA, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology and other concerned agencies put up a responsive program for disaster prevention and mitigation in a bid to reduce casualties and property losses from extreme hazard events.
“These are all instructions coming from the President. The President wanted DOST to ‘laymanize’ ito pong ating warning system na maiintindihan ng publiko at sa patuloy na coordination with media at lahat ‘yan nagawa dahil sa utos po ni Presidente,” he said.
“The national administration received passing marks for its disaster preparedness efforts,” the respondents said in the Pulse Asia survey, conducted on Aug. 31 to Sept. 7, 2012.
The administration obtained a grade of 80 out of 100, with 75 as the passing mark, for “disaster preparedness initiatives, speed of its response to the needs of calamity victims and effectiveness of such response.”
The nationwide face-to-face surveys had 1,200 respondents aged 18 years old and above.