BARANGAY officials in Cebu’s 1st district were reminded to always be prepared to mobilize their disaster councils on short notice when calamities hit their communities. In his speech during yesterday afternoon’s oath-taking ceremonies, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said last month’s 7.2 earthquake and supertyphoon “Yolanda” on Nov. 8 are potent reminders that the province [...]
By TJ A. Burgonio
Supertyphoon “Yolanda” has exposed yet another chink in the government’s armor against disasters.
Amid the din of voices castigating the government for its tentative response to the devastation wrought by supertyphoon Yolanda, (nevermind that their noise is ill-timed, tactless and unhelpful), we build on the sane and reasonable proposals that emerged. The weather bureau needs translators to help communicate its message. Weather advisories would be more effective when [...]
By Kristine Angeli Sabillo
Preparing for the worst and hoping for the best, local governments and institutions are now busy preparing for supertyphoon “Haiyan” which is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility within the next 24 hours.
By Nathaniel R. Melican
“You don’t need to be near a fault to be affected by an earthquake.”
By Leila B. Salaverria
Often used as evacuation centers during calamities, schools and universities must be evaluated with respect to their vulnerability during disasters and must put in place their own emergency preparedness plans, according to the proponents of a bill filed in the House of Representatives.
By Allan A. Nawal
A Japanese aid agency is reviving a call it made to the Philippine government for a review of the Philippines’ national building code in the wake of the 7.2-magnitude quake that struck Bohol and other parts of the Visayas and Mindanao.
By Jamie Elona
The Philippine National Police said it has activated the National Headquarters Disaster Incident Management Task Group to coordinate all disaster response operations of PNP Units in areas threatened by Typhoon “Santi” (international codename: Nari).
By Frances Mangosing
The military’s disaster response units in Northern Luzon went on alert on Friday as typhoon “Santi” (international codename: Nari) is expected to make landfall in Aurora over the weekend.
By Jamie Marie Elona
The Department of Science and Technology on Thursday said it will give Metro Manila mayors “disaster SIM cards” in which it will course urgent weather warnings that they can use as basis for suspension of school and work during rainy days.
“The City of Manila is fully prepared if the rain does not cease. Our City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has been activated; organized evacuation centers are also in place.”—Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada
TYPHOONS Ondoy in 2009 and Pablo last year demonstrated how devastating weather disturbances can be. The magnitude of lives lost, properties damaged and livelihood obliterated necessitate a certain level of preparedness in order to minimize and manage the impact of these disasters.
METRO Cebu mayors were enjoined to work closely together to build eco-friendly cities and resolve shared perennial problems like flooding and traffic.