• Summit, candles mark Yolanda year 2


    TACLOBAN CITY: Preparations are underway for the second year commemoration of super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) with the holding of a series of activities by government officials and the church.

    Today, November 6, a Disaster Summit hosted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government DILG Region 8, will be held with provincial and municipal officials, the media and other stakeholders in disaster management to share lessons and initiatives to promote resilience among communities.

    To be held at Leyte Park Hotel, the Summit will have Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Dominico Petilla, Ormoc City Mayor Edward Codilla and Guiuan, Eastern Samar Mayor Christopher Sheen Gonzales to talk about their local government’s experience on preparedness, recovery and rehabilitation in the tragic aftermath of Yolanda.

    Regional Director Pedro A. Noval Jr., of DILG Eastern Visayas said the launch of Build Back Better (BBB) Operations Manual will highlight the DRRM Summit.

    The BBB Operations Manual, completed with the help of the Australian government contains detailed modules on post-disaster recovery: Pre and Post Event Infrastructure Assessment, Project Scope, Detailed Design, Documentation Development and Verification, and Construction Quality.

    Meanwhile, the Catholic Church, through One Tacloban Team on Sunday, will light 50,000 candles to highlight the second year of Yolanda aftermath. The activity shall be spearheaded by Catholic church through One Tacloban Team.

    Msgr. Alex Opiniano of Saint Michael, the Archangel Parish of Tolosa, Leyte and One Tacloban founder Jeff Manibay will lead the candle lighting activity to cover about 28-kilometer line from Tacloban airport to Barangay Nula-Tula, northern part of the city.

    They will be joined by survivors from Palo, Tanauan and Tolosa towns, where mass graves are found.

    Also the Yolanda Memorial Park in Brgy. Anibong will be inaugurated where a conventional vessel was flushed out by the storm surge.


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