Sen­a­tor re­news call to strengthen dis­as­ter re­silience

Sun.Star Pampanga - - STORIES! - BY REYNALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CLARK FREEPORT---Sen­a­tor Loren Le­garda yes­ter­day re­newed her call for com­mu­ni­ties to heighten re­silience to dis­as­ters as the na­tion com­mem­o­rated on Thurs­day the fifth an­niver­sary of Su­per­ty­phoon Yolanda.

“Long be­fore Yolanda and more so af­ter, I have knocked on the doors of lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUs) urg­ing them to im­ple­ment our en­vi­ron­men­tal laws to build re­silience and re­duce dis­as­ter risks. Dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness is one of the seven core ar­eas of gov­er­nance in build­ing sus­tain­ably pro­gres­sive and in­clu­sive com­mu­ni­ties,” said Le­garda, UNISDR Global Cham­pion for Re­silience.

The Sen­a­tor said that there have been im­prove­ments through the years, par­tic­u­larly in the is­suance of weather ad­vi­sories and early warn­ings and en­force­ment of early evac­u­a­tion, but more needs to be done.

“We need to con­tin­u­ously con­duct mas­sive ed­u­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion cam­paign on dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness so that com­mu­ni­ties do not re­main com­pla­cent,” Le­garda said.

“We need to en­sure that in re­build­ing com­mu­ni­ties, we are not re­build­ing the risks again. We must re­duce the risks and not cre­ate new risks. If a com­mu­nity is prone to land­slides, con­sult the geo­haz­ard map to see where re­lo­ca­tion is pos­si­ble; oth­er­wise, we will con­tinue to in­cur dam­ages and re­build again when nat­u­ral haz­ards oc­cur. That is cer­tainly not a mark of re­silience. In coastal com­mu­ni­ties, there should be man­grove

Chris Navarro

COMERCIO CEN­TRAL. Ba­lik Pi­nas, Ba­lik Saya/Creative Travel and Tour In­ter­na­tional Pres­i­dent Ruby­rose Rus­tia, Clark De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Pres­i­dent Noel Manankil and De­part­ment of Tourism Re­gion 3 Di­rec­tor Carolina Uy led Thurs­day's open­ing of the Comercio Cen­tral at the CDC Pa­rade Grounds in Clark Freeport. Join­ing them are Joc­son Col­lege VP Leigh Joc­son, aspir­ing Coun­cilor Jay Pe­layo, and Tourism Pro­mo­tions Man­ager Noemi Ju­lian.---

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