Defensor backs creation of disaster resilience department

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Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. supports the administration’s plan to establish the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR).

“That’s a good idea. It is because of climate change, the disaster response also evolved into something as important as the natural resources, something as important as the transportation, and I agree with that,” said Defensor in a press conference. (

He was also quick to connect the proposal to the Executive Order No. 173 or the Provincial Civil Defense Service of the Iloilo Provincial Government, which established the Provincial Civil Defense Operations Center and the Provincial Civil Defense Force in the province.

“We are also facing bigger disasters that need bigger offices and more resources to allot for it. I agree with the creation of DDR because we already have a similar program about it which is the EO 173,” the governor said in the vernacular.

EO 173 increases efforts to protect citizens’ welfare in times of crisis and emergency, such as natural disasters, social disorder, economic crisis, political unrest, and lawless violence.