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Batanes model for storm readiness

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TYPHOON PROOF An Ivatan house, constructed with mortar and cobbles, has walls as thick as one meter and concrete slabs for roof. Narrow doors and windows are designed against strong winds. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Batanes, the northermost part of the country, lies in the path of most of the 20 or so tropical cyclones that enter the Philippine area of responsibility every year.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

The year that was

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It was the worst of times, it was the best of times.

Posted: December 30th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Learning from Sendong’s floods

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ORCHIDS Homes Subdivision in Santiago, Iligan City, before and after Tropical Storm “Sendong” (photo credit:www.firmbuilders.com.ph)

“Who would have thought a flood could bear so much force to bring my house down and wash it out to sea? I live in a middle-class subdivision in Santiago, Iligan City, called Orchid Homes and it is now leveled to the ground. The entire row of houses where my neighbors and family dwelled, crumpled against rampaging floodwaters and all that is left are bent steel and debris,” Edward Banawa said as he recounted his ordeal.

Posted: January 28th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

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