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.