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Ramos resigns
as NDRRMC chief

BY GILBERT BAYORAN

Former Army general-turned-Philippine disaster agency chief, Benito Ramos, has resigned from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council that he has served for more than two years.

Ramos, who was NDRRMC chief since July 2010, upon the recommendation of Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, will end his tour of duty on Feb. 1, DND spokesman Peter Galvez said.

This was the third time that Ramos, who had served in Negros as commanding officer of the defunct 6th Special Forces Battalion, submitted his resignation to Gazmin, and it was finally accepted, a source at the NDRRMC said.

Ramos cited that the poor health of his wife had prompted him to resign from his position, described by others as a 24-hour job.

His media friends, even in Negros Occidental, described him as the most hardworking executive director of the disaster response agency. During his stint, he opened the NDRRMC operations center to the media for the first time.

Galvez said Ramos was requested by Gazmin several times to stay in his position because of the critical nature of his job, and his effective handling of his duties.

He added that Ramos did a lot to save lives because of heightened disaster awareness that was implemented down to the town level.

Ramos recently visited Iloilo, that was badly hit by typhoon Quinta, and mobilized Army manpower and Air Force assets to deliver relief goods, and engage in disaster and relief operations.

Ramos retired from the military service as Special Operations Command chief of the Philippine Army in 2007. Three years after, he rejoined the government as NDRRMC chief.*GPB

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