MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Aug. 7 (PIA) -- It will have a positive effect.

This was the reaction of Danilo Atienza, head of the Provincial Disaster Management Office (PDMO), when asked what he thought of a proposal for the creation of a separate department that will handle matters concerning calamity preparedness and response.

The move was mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte in his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) last month, in which the President called on Congress to pass a bill that would breathe life to a department of disaster management.

The Lower House had since responded by listing the formation of a Department of Disaster Resilience (DRR) as among its legislative priorities.

Atienza said the immediate good consequence would be the filling up of mandatory personnel positions, and the office itself would be weaned from the local chief executive.

A standby, quick fund would also be maintained ready to be used for sudden disaster operations, as banks would be closed during the day of the calamity, moments when cash is needed most, Atienza said at the third quarter meeting of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) at the Country Lodge restaurant Tuesday last week.

Attending the PDRRMC meeting were some disaster management officers from the municipalities, officers and members of amateur radio groups, members of Karancho, a soco-civic organization, and some heads/representatives of national line agencies with functions related to disaster management.

Provincial board member Ailleen Estrera , chair of the SP committee on emergency preparedness, was also around.

During the meeting, Pagasa head Aldrin Kaindoy shared the weather outlook for the rest of the year, in which the projected number of low pressure area (LPA) entering the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) is two to three per month. (ldl/mmp/PIA8-Southrn Leyte)