VICTIMS of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) may lost all of their possessions but Senator Loren Legarda expressed belief that they can still share something that could even help the country build communities that are more resilient to calamities.
Legarda, chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment, said that the survivors of the typhoon should make good use of the lessons learned from Yolanda by sharing it to others in order to prepare them from future typhoons.
Legarda said that communities anticipated and prepared for Yolanda, but the strength of the typhoon and the devastation it caused showed that much more has to be done.
The senator noted that the Philippines is ahead of other countries in terms of being Disaster Risk Reduction- literate especially with the help of two landmark laws— the Philippine Climate Change Act and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act— both recognized as among the best in the world.
However, Legarda insists that the said laws still need to be fully operational in order for them to be effective.
She pointed out that Yolanda is not the last super typhoon to hit the country. In fact, she said, we should expect more typhoons that could be stronger and more devastating that’s why it is important for everyone to help bring disaster preparedness to a heightened level.
Although the Filipinos are resilient people, Legarda said LGUs should be also proactive because the country cannot achieve full resiliency with piecemeal efforts and with only few communities working towards resilience.
“Let us make good use of the lessons we have learned from Yolanda and share this experience with other nations as we hope for a fruitful outcome of two important global events—the UN Climate Summit in 2014 and the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015,” she said.
The senator also thanked the international community led by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the support and assistance given to the typhoon victims.
“It is fitting and is to our best interest that we work hard towards preventing disasters and strengthening resilience,” Legarda said. JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA