By Ana Roa
, Jeanette I. Andrade
“Let’s prepare for everything,” President Benigno Aquino III told a nationally televised meeting of disaster agency chiefs on Thursday as the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) in Hawaii upgraded Typhoon “Ruby” (international name: Hagupit) into a supertyphoon.
By Frinston L. Lim
Local disaster response and management authorities in Southern Mindanao have stepped up measures to protect lives and property as Typhoon “Ruby” (Hagupit) moved closer to the Philippines on Thursday.
By Jeannette I. Andrade
Tropical Depression “Queenie,” which on Thursday left two persons dead as it swept over the Visayas, is expected to make landfall again in Palawan before leaving the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Friday night.
President Benigno Aquino III has been among Pagasa’s most severe critics, often lecturing its forecasters publicly to use layman’s terms in its bulletins.
By Senator Loren Legarda—UN Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction-Climate Change Adaptation
There is a long history of cooperation and selflessness in the face of crisis and disasters. “Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan), Tropical Storm “Ondoy” (Ketsana), Tropical Depression “Pepeng” (Tarma), Typhoon “Pablo” (Bopha), just to name a few, brought massive destruction and death, and yet these times of crisis also brought out the best in people in the many ways they tried to ease the suffering.