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By Jorge Domecq
The natural calamities that have struck the Philippines in the last two months, and particularly Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” have triggered an unprecedented wave of solidarity from international organizations and countries around the world, Spain in particular. The volume of the response in terms of emergency relief is unheard of.
By Tony Oposa Jr.
A study conducted by the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration shows the Earth’s sea surface temperatures. Notice the dark red portion on the right side of the map? There lies the hottest sea surface temperature. Notice which country lies right in the middle of it? Isn’t that our precious chain of 7,100 islands known as the Philippines? So what does this map mean?
Admittedly, Supertyphoon “Yolanda” was the worst, most devastating and deadliest typhoon ever to hit our country.
So Panfilo Lacson—former senator, former presidential candidate, former national police chief—will be President Aquino’s point person for the massive post-“Yolanda” rehabilitation program.
By Narciso M. Reyes Jr.
While the pious among us continue to wag accusing fingers at the looters in devastated Tacloban City, it would be wise for them to pause and reflect on the universality of this seemingly perverse human instinct. For it is obvious that just as in individuals there is a tipping point in behavior when civility or [...]
The rebuilding of the Visayas provinces devastated by a major earthquake and Supertyphoon “Yolanda” should not be led by a so-called “reconstruction czar.” The government should not assume that the success of massive rehabilitation depends on one man. Given the scale of the devastation in terms of human lives lost and missing persons, livelihoods and [...]
Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Nov. 8, 2013) and Typhoon “Santi” (Oct. 12-13, 2013) trimmed 15 percent of the estimated 2013 last-quarter palay yield. An estimated 343,103 hectares of paddy were ravaged by Yolanda and Santi. They would have produced more than 1.029 million metric tons (mmt) of palay, which would be equivalent to 669,050 mt of rice [...]
By Michael L. Tan
At the University of the Philippines we have a team of social scientists who are now beginning to gather stories from survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” to derive lessons for future disaster responses.
By Leoncio A. Amadore
Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”) made landfall in southern Guiuan, Eastern Samar, at about 6 a.m. on Nov. 8, packing near-center maximum winds of 230 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 270 kph. It moved west-northwest at 35 kph and at about 8 a.m., it was some 100 km south of Tacloban City and Basey.
By Nikki de la Rosa
Last year I wrote about the destructive impact of Typhoon “Pablo” and the lessons we learned from that disaster (Inquirer, Dec. 22, 2012).
By Vicente Legarda
An American disaster expert, when interviewed here on Nov. 12, was asked if a developing country like the Philippines would be able to rebuild like New Orleans did in the wake of Hurricane “Katrina.” He replied: “Yes, it can rebuild.”
The promotion of Church People’s Response urge the government to get its act together and implement an efficient disaster response management program to lessen the effects of calamities. Ensuring the safety of its people is the primary task of any government.