To support victims of flooding-disasters and to provide initial frontline services before such emergency appeals are launched for large-scale flooding, 1Pacman Party-list Rep. Mikee Romero stressed that it is imperative that the national government establishes a National Flood Control Act.
House Bill No. 192 seeks to create and establish urgent Flood Control measures and mechanisms to enable all concerned government agencies and affected personnel and organizations to carry out their specific role after a flooding-disaster.
Floods are a natural occurrence throughout the whole year in the country. Victims often do not receive efficient and urgent support that can follow large-scale emergencies or disasters for lack of awareness by the agencies concerned.
“Providing for a comprehensive National Flood Control Act, to promote and extend life-saving mechanisms, to augment the demand for support in immediate response to affected populations following a declared flood-disaster,” Romero said.
The National Flood Control Act also intends to expand and establish continuity to the aid and support provided in times of flood-disaster,” Romero added.
Romero said each flood will be regarded as a separate event and hence be eliglble for assistance, irrespective of whether it is issued for the same disaster-affected area or in the same calendar year.