President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said he wanted to place the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) under the Office of the President as part of his plans to streamline government efforts.

Marcos Jr. announced his plan during his visit to Tacloban for the 9th anniversary of the onslaught of Super Typhoon “Yolanda.”

“We will put the national disaster response team under the Office of the President. And I think that we are headed in that direction because of the weather that we are suffering now from the effects of climate change,” the president said.

“I think that overall, we can say that the disaster response has been a good one. However, I believe that there are ways that we can make it even more streamlined,” he added.

The NDRRMC is under the Department of National Defense (DND). It is headed by Jose Faustino Jr., officer in charge of the DND.

Marcos Jr. has repeatedly said he wanted to “streamline the government” to improve and make efficient its functions.

“Yolanda” hit the country in November 2013 and killed more than 6,300, injured more than 30,000 and affected more than three million families.

It caused P90 billion in damage. John Ezekiel J. Hirro