TACLOBAN City -- Leyte Representative Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez on Tuesday appealed to President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte to certify as urgent measure the proposal originally advocated by her husband creating a separate department that will handle disasters and calamities.
Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez made a strong pitch for the passage of a measure originally proposed by former House independent bloc leader and ex-Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, both president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) and Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD), after President Duterte joined them for the third year Typhoon Yolanda commemoration here on Tuesday.
“I am appealing to our President to certify my bill as urgent measure because this will help mitigate the impact of future disasters and save lives and properties,” said Romualdez who shared the stage with President Duterte, Martin Romualdez, Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez, former Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, Cabinet secretaries and key leaders at the mass grave to honor Yolanda victims at the Holy Cross Memorial Gardens here.
Yedda Romualdez also sought the help of Senator Cynthia Villar to file a similar proposal in the Senate and asked the help of President Duterte’s Cabinet members to support the measure.
“This is why there is a continued need to create more durable solutions so that the human calamity that happened after Typhoon Haiyan will not happen again. We need to prepare more effectively and respond more efficiently to natural disasters and other emergency situations.
“With this in mind, we have filed once again House Bill No. 344, which proposes the creation of a Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, originally authored by former Congressman Martin Romualdez,” Yedda Romualdez told Taclobanons at the Tacloban Astrodome commemorating the third year of the super typhoon Tuesday morning.
She appealed for the passage of the bill following the statement of former United States Vice President Al Gore that over 13 million Filipinos may need to be relocated due to fast rising sea levels.
In filing HB No. 344 the 17th Congress, Yedda Romualdez underscored the need for Congress to enact a measure that advocates disaster preparedness and effective emergency response protocols to enable the government to ably help victims of disaster and calamities.
Earlier, Martin Romualdez lauded Gore, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his efforts to raise awareness about climate change, for visiting Tacloban City and expressing his concern to the plight of Filipinos.