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gilbert teodoro interview on ondoy & pepeng floods shows teodoro’s incompetence and mismanagement of NDCC and government response to the floods

with thanks to dodon who posted this video here: https://2010presidentiables.wordpress.com/2010/02/13/presidentiables-as-of-mid-november-2008/gilbert-teodoro-2/#comment-6798


  • interviewer says the NDCC and the government has gone under criticism on its handling during and after the storms. teodoro answers they have done well given the resources the government had.
  • asked about the 12 rubber boats, 8 ambulances and 2 helicopters which were nowhere near enough
  • teodoro admits they are not enough but says its a question of who should provide them. he shifts the blame now on the local government, the national government, and which agency and no blame on the NDCC
  • teodoro says it is only the armed forces of the philippines that was directly under him
  • in separate news, we read that teodoro’s staff had recommended for the purchase of more rubber boats but teodoro delayed the purchase for budget and procurement process reasons. if the NDCC was not responsible for the purchase of rubber boats, why did his staff recommend that they buy them and why did he delay the purchase? teodoro has been caught in a lie.
  • interviewer says – “you are blaming other government agencies” and says as a senior government official, he is passing the blame to others
  • the country get 19 to 20 storms, why is this government not prepared for such disasters?
  • you are skirting the issue. you have been getting storms for a hundred years, why are you not prepared for them?
  • teodoro answers – systems cost money. in other words teodoro is saying they know there will be damage and will cost lives but since we do not have money, the people just need to bear and grin it.
  • what then is the role of NDCC which teodoro headed? isn’t its mandate to prepare the people for disasters? since we are unprepared, it means the NDCC has failed in its mandate.
  • the current set up has not worked. teodoro agrees to that, so the NDCC has failed in its mandate

this is part 1:

  1. February 26, 2010 at 9:51 am

    This is an embarassing interview! This is the reason why he should not be president. It’s not “Galing at Talino” kundi his slogan should be “Gutom at Taghirap” of the Filipino people. What you see with GMA is exactly what you will expect with Gibo.

    • February 26, 2010 at 11:02 am

      i thought the interviewer turned slightly sarcastic already towards the end when teodoro was giving him stupid answers.

  2. dante
    March 1, 2010 at 10:52 am

    OMG! this is a very painful video to watch. teodoro sounded like a real idiot here. you can also see the discomfort on teodoro’s part when he was asked biting questions. look at the interviewer, at several points, he changed his body language and sounded like he could not believe the kind of answers teodoro was giving. you can almost read what is the mind of the interviewer – “ang tanga naman nitong si teodoro”.

    • pete
      May 8, 2010 at 9:55 am

      there is no dishonor in admitting the truth that NDCC failed to manage the Ondoy disaster successfully. it would have been more painful if teodoro had denied that. he answered the questions truthfully.in closer analysis, you’ll find that his answers were mostly facts -not opinions, that’s why many people didn’t like this interview ( some people just couldn’t handle the truth y’know. indeed, truth hurts ) on the whole i think he presented himself well. he looked at the interviewer straight in the eyes, he did not fidget or squirm, he did not stutter and i was particularly impressed with his impeccable choice of words given the the interviewer’s hard-hitting questions. the interviewer was visibly not impressed with him as the head of NDCC but I seriously doubt that he thinks Teodoro is “tanga.”

      • the.truth
        May 8, 2010 at 11:50 am

        very well said sir! 🙂

      • May 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm

        that is the kind of givenrment we have – they will never admit to mistakes. when they do that, things don’t get improved, everything stays bad and wrong.

  3. melissa de los reyes
    March 1, 2010 at 11:31 am

    nakakahiya ang interview na to. hindi pwedeng maging pangulo si teodoro. magiging nakakahiya ang bansa natin kapag ganito ang pangulo natin. shock ako actually. mukha namang okay si gibo sa tv but this one is very telling. teodoro got beaten up in this interview. kakahiya!

    • kapitan2tan
      May 11, 2010 at 3:35 am

      saklap… medyo… busy sa plataporma at cgro ung pambili ng mga rubber boats at rescue equipment pinambili ng campaign paraphernalia

      nakakalungkot lng… kac nakikita ng ibang bansa kung gaano tau kahina..

      kung anng klaseng gobyerno meon tau…

      mas handa pa cla sa election kesa sa bagyo.

  4. zoomie
    March 30, 2010 at 1:18 am

    ah nilampaso lang ng redcross under richard gordon ang ndcc, mas marami pa silang rubber boats sa ndcc, just imagine every govt department under gordon, lahat efficient

    • the.truth
      May 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm

      Eh diba member din naman ang PNRC sa NDCC?

  5. Daben Mendoza
    May 6, 2010 at 10:46 am

    This is really embarrassing!! Just hearing how he tries to dodge the question and blame the other departments for his incompetence.. Mr. Gilbert Teodoro, will you please define “DISASTER MANAGEMENT” for us?

    • May 6, 2010 at 10:56 am

      yes it is embarrassing. the reporter was aggressive, he did not let teodoro get away with his idiotic statements. hahaha

  6. May 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Very painful indeed to watch this. It was like an inquisition. To Gibo’s credit he did not lose his cool in defending the indefensible- his incompetence and the lack of resources in NDCC. I think the interviewer was more pissed than sarcastic.

  7. Je
    May 7, 2010 at 8:51 am

    i’d like to see how the other presidentiables answered in their interviews.

  8. the.truth
    May 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Typhoon Ondoy was an unprecedented natural disaster that was worse than Hurricane Katrina. Ondoy dumped 455 mm of rain within 24 hours in Quezon City alone, compared to the 250 mm of rain dumped by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

    The United States government, with all its resources, struggled to cope with Katrina in 2005. It is no surprise that the Philippine government, which has much fewer resources, struggled to cope with Ondoy, which was a lot worse than Katrina. It was impossible to respond to all the calls for help all at the same time, given the magnitude of the natural disaster.

    (I repeat, NATURAL DISASTER. Blaming Gibo for Ondoy is like blaming Cory Aquino for the 1990 earthquake and the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo.)

    When Sec. Teodoro issued a flash appeal for international aid through the United Nations, the UN reviewed the status of the government’s relief efforts. The UN’s objective assessment was that the government had done a good job given its limited resources and the scale of the disaster.

    From USA Today, October 6, 2009:
    U.N. representative Jacqueline Badcock said the government responded well to the calamity but was clearly overwhelmed. “The government has really tried its best,” she said. “When you get something that really is unprecedented and catastrophic like the Manila flood, the government is not able to cope.”

    From Philippine Star, October 13, 2009:
    United Nations Undersecretary General John Holmes said, “I admire the efforts of the Philippine government. We are trying to support the relief efforts of the government as much as we can.”

    Sec. Teodoro, the chairman of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), absorbed much of the public’s frustration over Ondoy. What most people did not realize was that under the law (PD 1566), it was the local government units (LGUs) who were supposed to have been the primary responders during the disaster, not the NDCC.

    The NDCC is just an ad hoc committee. It is not a permanent organization. It does not even have a regular budget because it does not directly handle operations.

    Local governments are the ones who are allotted a budget for disaster relief (5% of their total annual revenue is reserved for disaster management). The law placed the budget and the primary responsibility on local governments for the simple reason that local governments are the ones closest to affected areas when a disaster strikes.

    Section 1 of PD 1566, the law on disaster preparedness, states that:
    – Responsibility for leadership rests on the Provincial Governor, City Mayors, and Municipal Mayors, (and Barangay Chairman), each according to his area of responsibility;
    – The national government exists to support the local government.

    The NDCC’s role as defined in PD 1566 is actually very limiting. PD 1566 is an old law that was passed in 1978 when Defense Ministers had more powers. This is why there are pending Disaster Risk Management bills right now in the Senate and Congress. The bills seek to replace the ad hoc NDCC with a permanent Disaster Risk Reduction Council (DRRC) that will be given the right powers and resources to correct the weaknesses of the current law. Sec. Teodoro brought up this same suggestion to members of the House before the bill was filed.

    Sec. Teodoro did not delay the purchase of rubber boats. Records at the Department of National Defense show that Sec. Teodoro authorized the purchase of 100 rubber boats on March 6, 2009 (7 months before Ondoy) through a negotiated procurement if necessary, and requested delivery within 4 months instead of the usual 8 months.

    Because the NDCC does not have a budget, the purchase had to be made through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), which is administered by another official. The OCD decided to conduct a regular public bidding to ensure transparency and accountability.

    The OCD, as of December 2008, had distributed 182 rubber boats to different local government units (LGUs) and government agencies. Priority was given to LGUs that have fewer resources and are known to be flood-prone.

    The more well-funded LGUs could have acquired their own rubber boats, since they are the primary responders designated by law and have the budgets allotted for disaster management.

    Our armed forces make many sacrifices for very little pay. They put their lives on the line to rescue people during the flood. They spent weeks sweeping away garbage and carrying sacks of relief goods to evacuation centers. This was all beyond the call of duty, and some of them lost their lives. People who say they didn’t do enough should watch this.

    Typhoon Ondoy was worse than Hurricane Katrina. We Filipinos got through it through a joint effort of the government, the NGOs, and private corporations. We should be proud that we got through it together. Stop sowing hate for the government. It doesn’t help anyone.

  9. the.truth
    May 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    From an assessment of Sec. Teodoro’s performance during Ondoy by Marichu Villanueva, Philippine Star, October 2, 2009:

    While others were busy nitpicking on the sidelines, it is noteworthy that Defense Secretary Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. did not allow himself to be distracted from doing his job as chairman of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC).

    It is no easy job to be on the shoes, rather on the rubber boots of Gibo.

    The immediate task before him is to mitigate the devastation wrought by Ondoy in Metro Manila and the nearby provinces of Rizal, Bulacan, Laguna and Cavite. But given the available rescue resources at his disposal at the NDCC, Gibo had to make the hard decision “to give priority” to areas at most risk of being wiped out. At the height of Ondoy’s onslaught, Gibo identified the cities of Marikina and Pasig and Cainta as the areas where the rescue efforts must focus first.

    We are again faced with the threats of “Pepeng” which weather experts fear may develop into a “super” typhoon. Barely coping with the continuing demands of relief operations, Gibo is changing tack. This early, he has deployed the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to implement a “pre-emptive” evacuation of residents living in high-risk places or those prone to severe flooding and landslide. As the NDCC chief, Gibo also mobilized the Philippine National Police to help implement the “pre-emptive” evacuation, especially of women and children and those less physically able to move them out of harm’s way.

    Of course, such forced evacuation is an extreme measure. For sure, a forced evacuation would certainly be met with stiff resistance. The natural instinct of people would be to stay in their homes and protect their remaining valuables. This was the same dilemma of rescuers at the height of Ondoy’s wrath. We could not blame these people when looters are all over the place taking advantage of the calamity situation.

    After taking stock of the extent of damage wrought by Ondoy all over Metro Manila and nearby provinces, Gibo raised the call for help to the international community. A leader does not pussyfoot in calling for outside help when faced with odds beyond one’s reach.

    Fortunately, there was immediate response on humanitarian relief assistance that started pouring in from our neighbors and allies. The United States was the first to come to help. Friends from the international community later responded one after the other like China, France, Australia, the European Union, Singapore, Germany, Canada, and many other countries heeding the SOS call of the Philippines.

    Last Tuesday, Gibo had a close call of sorts with Mother Nature. Accompanied by PNP Deputy Director General Leopoldo Bataoil, Gibo took a morning flight on board a Vietnam-vintage UH-1H helicopter from Camp Aguinaldo to conduct aerial survey of Ondoy’s damages in Central Luzon. Safely landing at an Army camp in Arayat, Pampanga, they proceeded to the site where the landslides happened killing 12 persons. After they visited the affected residents and condoled with their families, they took off for Manila by noon. But by that time, bad weather started to develop.

    While airborne, the Huey chopper struggled through thick clouds battered by strong winds and heavy rains. I’ve ridden many times in a Huey chopper and I know the feeling inside such a rough ride. A certified fixed-wing pilot, Gibo agreed not to push their luck. They diverted instead to Clark Field where Teodoro and his party planned to proceed to Manila by land.

    With already zero visibility, the pilot was forced to take a precautionary landing at the first clearing he saw. It turned out to be the Ayala Mall in San Fernando City. The chopper had a safe touchdown near a garbage area. Hence, garbage trashes were flown all over the place by the whirring of the huge chopper rotor blades.

    Wearing a ball cap, Gibo was initially accosted by the mall’s security guard and asked them: “Mga sino kayo?” It was only after Gibo removed his cap when the guard finally recognized him. The guard later told Gibo he has seen him on TV during the past few days. While cooling their heels at the mall’s coffee shop, some people started to recognize Gibo and gathered around posing for photographs with him. The group took off an hour later for Manila taking the same Huey chopper.

    If it is any source of comfort for Gibo, at least there is now some increased awareness by people of who he is. But in fairness to the guy, he has resisted using this crisis situation he is busy with, as a platform for his presidential bid. He has the propriety and decency to keep politics aside for now.

  10. the.truth
    May 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    From Manila Bulletin, February 5, 2010:

    At the first council meeting of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII), Alfonso Uy, FFCCCII national president, said Teodoro’s extraordinary crisis leadership typifies the spirit of Filipino-Chinese volunteerism that is geared at mitigating the effect of disasters on peoples’ lives without media fanfare and mileage.

    “That is extraordinary leadership, when you do something good without expecting public adulation in return,” he said.

    Teodoro was welcomed warmly by an enthusiastic gathering of the influential FFCCCII, which has 170 member-organizations nationwide.

    Uy said that Teodoro, the assembly’s guest speaker, has been an active partner of the FFCCCII in the chambers’ activities in the latter’s capacity as chairman of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) until November of last year.

    “During relief operations for typhoons Frank and Ondoy, we saw how effective, methodical and hardworking a crisis manger Secretary Teodoro is,” Uy told the meeting to resounding applause by participants.

  11. the.truth
    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    From Manila Times, October 03, 2009:

    THE Philippines is one of most disaster-prone countries in the world with an average of 20 typhoons a year and in most cases the weather disturbances that enter the country are strong enough to inflict serious damage to agriculture, infrastructure and even claim lives.

    Some areas in the Philippines have also been mapped to be serious danger zones for earthquakes and cataclysms.

    Despite of the well established capabilities for managing disasters led by the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) in coordination with other government agencies and local governments, the country’s resources for disaster management is now nearing its critical level because of the scale and frequency of typhoons—and the risk of tsunamis.

    NDCC, which was originally called the National Disaster Control Center, was created under Presidential Decree 1566 in June 1978, in a bid to strengthen the Philippine disaster control capability and to establish a community disaster preparedness program nationwide.

    The NDCC is chaired by secretary of National Defense with the heads of 18 departments and agencies as members, including the Armed Forces Chief of Staff, the secretary general of the Philippine National Red Cross, the executive secretary of Philippine Information Agency and the Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense.

    It is through the NDCC member-agencies that disaster preparedness, prevention, mitigation and response activities are carried out. Under the NDCC system, the first line of action—or defense—is the barangay.
    But unlike the other departments of the government, the NDCC, does not have its own regular budget to disburse. It operates through the member-agencies and its local networks, which are the regional and local disaster coordinating councils.

    The NDCC and its Operation Center do not have the police power of the state to compel attention and obedience. It is the local government units (LGUs) that have to spend for and activate personnel and actually employ resources when doing preparedness, mitigation, rescue or any kind of disaster management work.

    This year the government has allotted some P2 billion for the calamity fund of the NDCC, but Defense Secretary and concurrent NDCC Chairman Gilbert Teodoro said that when Ondoy struck there is only P24 million left in the fund.

    Teodoro, however, made it clear that the calamity fund is mainly for rehabilitation purposes and that the funds for relief operations are sourced from the budget of other line agencies like the Social Welfare, Health, Public Works, Education and other government departments.

    NDCC also serves as the President’s adviser on disaster preparedness programs, disaster operations and rehabilitation efforts undertaken by the government and the private sector. But the actual work must be done by the local government units.

    It acts as the top coordinator of all disaster management and the highest allocator of resources in the country to support the efforts of the lower DCC level.

    In the discharge of its functions, the NDCC utilizes the facilities and services of the Office of Civil Defense as its operating arm.

    With so many tasks assigned to the agency and given only limited resources, the Congress recently came up with a proposed bill seeking the creation of a separate agency of the government that would handle disaster risk management of the country.

    The bill was filled by Rep. Ruffy Biazon of Muntinlupa in July 2008 titled “An act strengthening the Philippine disaster management system, creating the national disaster risk management authority and institutionalizing the national risk management plan, appropriating funds therefore and for other purposes.”

    The measure primary calls for the establishment of a separate government agency that would handle disaster preparedness and mitigation that would somehow lessen the effects of typhoons and other disasters on the lives and property of the Filipino people.

    Teodoro wants formation of separate agency for disaster mitigation Secretary Teodoro for his part is in favor of the proposed “Philippine Disaster Risk Management Act of 2008” saying he welcomes the move to have a separate organization that would handle the government efforts of disaster mitigation and preparedness.

    “I’m in favor of the bill, we need to have a separate operation for disaster mitigation . . . but with slight modification,” Teodoro said, but he did not elaborate.

    He said that the NDCC has already submitted several suggestions for the bill last week which he hopes would help Congress to further strengthen the law, but basically he agrees with the proposal.

    During earlier interviews, Teodoro has emphasized the need for the local governments to be involved in the disaster management efforts by forming permanent effective mechanisms for disaster risk management.

    He explained disaster management policies should not be affected by political changes in the LGUs, because normally when a new mayor takes over everybody goes with the former mayor including the officer responsible for disaster risk management.

    Teodoro said there must be a semi permanent disaster management office, the position in a proper plantilla in the local government covered by security of tenure provisions.

    Every municipality, he added, must have one in each village. And barangays must all have hazard mapping, evacuation maps and adequate evacuation plans. There should be training seminars and frequent drills that will involve all the citizens and civil society organizations.

    The proposed disaster management act also includes the procurement of high tech equipment and the setting up of modern facilities for disaster mitigation. In addition, Teodoro said, there should also be provisions for the LGUs to purchase adequate relocation and evacuation sites, which are equally important.

    He said that there are some areas in the country where communities stand on disaster prone areas. These must be permanently relocated. The problem is finding places for them to stay.

    The recent onslaught of tropical storm Ondoy has claimed more than 300 lives in Metro Manila, Rizal and other nearby provinces, displaced thousands of families and destroyed millions of pesos of infrastructures and agricultural products.

    But despite of the abnormal weather phenomenon, the government has managed to perform its disaster management tasks outstandingly, even with limited resources.

    Besides the available resources of the national government and the LGUs as well as the private sector the Philippines also made a flash appeal for an international humanitarian assistance for the victims of Ondoy, which received overwhelming responses from United States, China, Canada and others.

    With the present situation the country is facing right now the NDCC needs all the help it can get. Putting up a dedicated agency for disaster management would be a welcome move in order to further keep public away from harm’s way during natural calamities such as typhoons, earthquakes and other disasters.

    NDCC spokesman Ernesto Torres believes that the NDCC is handling the disaster management very well but if there are moves to strengthen the capabilities of the agency then it is most certainly welcome.

  12. the.truth
    May 7, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    How about if we also let other presidential candidates answer some of the issues regarding our country? Of course, interviewed also by an aggressive English reporter. That would really be something to look forward to.

    I say Gibo did the best he could, and he gave an honest answer to every question with dignity, objectivity, and conviction.

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