8 November 2014
Preparedness and resilience:
Our armor against disasters, climate change
Statement of Sen. Pia S. Cayetano
On first year since supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’
“It has been one year since supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’ wreaked havoc on central Philippines, leaving thousands dead and even more struggling to pick up the pieces in the aftermath. One year later, we have made progress but there is still much work left to be done.
“The combination of preparedness and resilience should be our armor against the disasters and threats brought about by climate change. Climate change continues to aggravate the impact of disasters in our country. But while natural calamities are inevitable, their devastating effects are not.
“As we collectively look back in the wake of ‘Yolanda,’ let us be reminded that the time to prepare against disasters and build resilient communities is now. Each one of us must shift our perspectives towards an informed, preventive, and proactive approach to disaster risk reduction.”