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Duterte orders establishment of ‘back-up’ govt. center in Tarlac in case of disasters
By CNN Philippines Staff

Published Nov 18, 2020 2:02:27 PM

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 18) — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation of a ‘back-up’ disaster recovery center outside Metro Manila in case disasters hit the region.

Duterte said in Executive Order 119 signed on Nov. 17 that there is an “urgent need to establish an integrated government center outside the NCR … to ensure continuity of government services as well as facilitate collaboration and coordination between and among government agencies.”

The President noted that Metro Manila is vulnerable to floods, rising sea levels, and “exposed to the threat of a catastrophic earthquake that may be caused by the movements of West and East Valley faults.” Just last week, Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco) triggered massive flooding in several parts of the country including Metro Manila.

Duterte also directed all departments and bureaus under the executive branch to set up their satellite offices in the back-up center, which will be located in New Clark City in Taclac. He also urged those in the legislative and judicial departments, as well as independent constitutional bodies to do the same.

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PRRD okays 'back-up' gov't center formation in Tarlac
November 18, 2020, 3:38 pm

In signing the EO, Duterte said the establishment of a back-up government center outside NCR supports the policy of addressing long-standing issues on the lack of sustainable employment opportunities in the countryside, unbalanced regional development, and unequal distribution of wealth.

He also recognizes that the establishment of integrated government centers fosters ease of doing business, provides equal access to efficient and effective delivery of public services, and serves as a catalyst for the creation of new economic opportunities outside NCR through the development of new townships and commercial business districts.

EO 119 will take effect immediately after its publication in the Official Gazette or a newspaper of general circulation.