December 10, 2020 | Manila, Philippines – On September 21, 2020, House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill No. 5989 or the Disaster Resilience Act. A total of 241 lawmakers voted yes to the Bill, while seven voted no and one abstained. If signed into law, the measure would create the Department of Disaster Resilience which would be the primary government agency responsible for “leading, organizing, and managing national effort to reduce disaster risk, prepare for and respond to disasters, recover and rehabilitate, and build forward better after the occurrence of disasters.”
WR Numero Research sought to gauge the level of Filipino support towards the newly approved House Bill No. 5989 or the Disaster Resilience Act. Through a mobile app-based survey with 5,000 respondents nationwide, a quota sampling method based on geographic location, age, gender, and household income was utilized to gather data. The survey was deployed from November 23–28, 2020.
On the level of awareness towards the passage of HB No. 5989 or the Disaster Resilience Act, majority (89%) said they are aware while 11% are not.
When asked whether respondents agree about the implementation of HB No. 5989, majority (77%) said they agree, with 44% of them saying they strongly agree. 19% are unsure, while 4% either disagree or strongly disagree. In a statement, WRN CEO Prof. Robin Michael Garcia said, “The proposal to create the Department of Disaster Resilience might be an important governance innovation for a country extremely prone to natural disasters. Survey data shows a very high level of awareness about this proposal and 77% of them agree to this.” Dr. Garcia is an Assistant Professor specializing in political psychology, political economy and international relations.
Lastly, when asked whether respondents agree that the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is already enough to handle disasters and calamities, majority (54%) said they agree, with 26% of them saying they strongly agree. 20% said they are unsure, while 26% either disagree or strongly disagree.