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re­for­esta­tion be­cause man­groves se­quester car­bon and are good buf­fers for storm surge and tsunami,” she added.

As part of the com­mem­o­ra­tion of Yolanda, Le­garda or­ga­nized film show­ing of Tak­lub in var­i­ous schools—in­clud­ing the Pis-anan Na­tional High School, Sibalom Na­tional High School, and An­tique Na­tional High School—in her home prov­ince of An­tique. The prov­ince is com­posed of 18 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, 15 of which are coastal, thus, vul­ner­a­ble to tsunami and storm surge.

Tak­lub, a 2015 Yolanda-in­spired ad­vo­cacy film that Le­garda en­vi­sioned, was pro­duced by the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR) and di­rected by in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Filipino di­rec­tor Bril­lante Ma. Men­doza. It pre­miered at the 68th Cannes In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val Un Cer­tain Re­gard cat­e­gory and earned a spe­cial com­men­da­tion from the Fes­ti­val’s Ec­u­meni­cal Jury.

“Yolanda was a tragic ex­am­ple of stronger nat­u­ral haz­ards caused by cli­mate change. We should ex­pect more of it, but more im­por­tant is to be pre­pared for th­ese ex­treme weather events. We will only be re­silient if we learn the lessons of past dis­as­ters and trans­late th­ese lessons into ac­tion,” Le­garda con­cluded.

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