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Less than 1%

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To read a news report that only 142 units of permanent homes have been done after almost one year from Yolanda’s destruction is truly saddening. It is also shocking.

Posted: October 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Elephant in the room

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The silver lining is that “Mario” wasn’t as bad as “Ondoy.” Unnerving as the sight of Metro Manila turned into “Waterworld” was—you could see that in stark relief in aerial photos—Mario dumped only half as much rainwater as Ondoy. Although tell that to the residents of Marikina and Cainta, many of whom were driven out of their homes when the floodwaters rose. Marikina River in particular rose to 20 meters high and overflowed its banks, forcing residents to flee to higher ground.

Posted: September 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Love—and music—in a time of disaster

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An urban poor community of ramshackle shanties and perennially flooded alleys is hardly the usual setting for a musical. Neither are the themes of frustration and injustice, inchoate dreams and constricted ambitions, class and poverty considered material for a rock opera.

Posted: August 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Community resilience is key

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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.

Posted: June 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Investing in resilience

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Three years ago, my homeland was blindsided by calamity. The 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan was a stark reminder of nature’s power and underscored the importance of being prepared for the next time disaster strikes.

Posted: April 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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