Retired Navy chief appointed new NDRRMC boss

Posted at 05/11/14 6:12 PM

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has appointed retired Navy chief Vice Admiral Alexander Pama as the new executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and administrator of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

Pama is due to assume his new posts Sunday, replacing Eduardo del Rosario, a retired Army major general, who tendered his resignation last April 24 due to health reasons.

Department of National Defense spokesman Peter Paul Galvez said Defense Secretary and NDRRMC chairman Voltaire Gazmin subsequently recommended to the President the approval of Del Rosario's resignation.

Galvez said the President accepted the resignation of Del Rosario last week.

Before his appointment, Pama was the head of the National Coast Watch Council in June 2013.

A member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class of 1979, Pama assumed the government post six months after he retired as Navy chief.

According to Galvez, Pama was selected based on his experience with the Armed Forces and the defense department.

Pama served as chief-of-staff of the Department of National Defense (DND) during the term of former Secretary Gilbert Teodoro.

Galvez said Pama was "exposed to various events" or disasters during the time of Teodoro as DND secretary and NDRRMC chairman.

Teodoro served as defense secretary from 2007 to 2009.

Del Rosario, a member of the PMA class 1980, assumed as NDRRMC executive director and OCD administrator in February last year, shortly after he retired as commander of the Army's 2nd Infantry Division.

Del Rosario said he resigned because he was "over fatigued" due to the series of natural and man-made calamities that hit the country last year.

The major calamities to hit the country last year includes the seige of Zamboanga City by Moro National Liberation Front fighters in September, the Bohol earthquake in October, and super typhoon Yolanda that devastated Eastern Visayas in November.