The Inquirer’s Oct. 18 editorial (“Ad hoc”) accurately underscored the urgent need to put up permanent evacuation centers all over the country.
By Cherian K. Mathews
The closure of the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) last week in Bangkok is the next big step for global and regional work toward the 3rd World Conference on DRR to be held in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015. The Asia-Pacific region has, over the past few years, borne 80 percent of the global losses resulting from disasters.
We expect local government officials to warn their constituents—as they should —about the disastrous consequences to our cities, towns and communities should a major earthquake like the one that struck Bohol or a supertyphoon like “Yolanda” hit them.
The litany of tragedies is by now a familiar one, but the calamities both natural and man-made which marred the year 2013 demand yet another, closer look; they bear critical lessons that may shape, or disfigure, the next several years.
We are confronted by three calamities: typhoons, earthquakes and the Philippine government. We are run by a government of political dynasties established by superrich families who seem not to know the real problems of this country. We are now a country earning P135 billion a year from our oil and gas fields, with enormous revenues […]