Greater challenge in ‘Yolanda’ aftermath is rebuilding communities, says Legarda

November 12, 2013 10:33 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 12 — Sen. Loren Legarda on Tuesday said that although affected citizens of typhoon "Yolanda"-hit areas immediately need food, clothing and the like, the rehabilitation of communities must not be ignored.

“As we offer prayers for the victims and all those affected, we hope that this disaster will serve as another lesson to us especially as we rebuild our communities,” said Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change.

"It will not be enough to build people's lives and communities to where they were before the disaster — we need to rebuild communities with the confidence that we are not rebuilding the risks again,” she added.

Legarda stressed the need to ensure that reconstruction of homes and infrastructure will be in safer ground following sound construction standards.

She also noted restarting and creating livelihoods as well as restoring normalcy in people's lives with a stronger sense of hope and confidence for the future should also be taken notice of.

Aside from post-disaster damage and loss assessment, Legarda said that there should be a social needs assessment so that there is equal attention to the social needs of affected communities.

“We must prevent disasters and be prepared in the coming of the next natural hazards. We must also ensure effective early warning systems that will facilitate early actions," she said.

She noted that before typhoon Yolanda made landfall, many local governments have prepared for its coming, enforcing evacuation of many families in barangays located along the coast or are prone to floods and landslides.

Still, some 1,774 individuals were reported dead according to the latest update from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

"This disaster also tells us about the urgent need to save and care for our environment,” Legarda said.

“It may be a great challenge to relocate all families living in coastal barangays to ensure that they are safe from storm surges during typhoons, but we must act to reduce the risks they face," she said. (PNA)



5 Responses to “Greater challenge in ‘Yolanda’ aftermath is rebuilding communities, says Legarda”

  1. May on November 13th, 2013 4:51 pm

    A good senator from the Philippines, Loren Legarda is one of the early advocates of disaster preparedness stressing that prevention is better than disaster response.

  2. Justin on November 13th, 2013 4:52 pm

    Mabuti at patuloy pa ding tumutulong si Sen. Loren Legarda sa mga kababayan natin sa Visayas.

  3. Love on November 13th, 2013 4:53 pm

    Sana makabangon na ang visayas, salamat sa lahat ng mga tumutulong at kay sen legarda.

  4. Iodso on November 13th, 2013 4:54 pm

    Si Senator Loren Legarda ang nauna sa pakikipaglaban upang maging handa tayo, salamat sa kanya.

  5. Henry on November 13th, 2013 4:55 pm

    Maraming salamat at hindi nagsasawang tumulong sa kapwa si senator legarda