DENR, DPWH to Head New Task Force

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Public Works and Highways will jointly lead a task force intended to fast-track rehabilitation efforts in typhoon-hit areas, Malacañang said.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu and DPWH Secretary Mark Villar will chair the “Build Back Better Task Force” instead of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea as initially announced by presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

He added, “Not only this is based on science, but it also makes sense because when we talk of rehabilitation, we talk basically of roads and bridges and buildings destroyed which is the turf of the DPWH and you also talk about the scientific reasons why we have typhoons of this nature which is climate change and that is the rationale for the DENR co-heading the task force.”

Duterte ordered the creation of the task force for rehabilitation after the country was recently hit by strong back-to-back typhoons.

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