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Immediately relocate all families still living in tent cities and temporary shelters in Tacloban City and the rest of the Yolanda-stricken areas in the Visayas and provide them with decent homes and livelihood.

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Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility and is threatening to cause some damages to communities forecasted to be affected especially in the Visayas Region. As we pray that this typhoon spares the vulnerable towns in Visayas, we enjoin everyone to unite and seek immediate action from our government leaders to reduce the risks and prevent the loss of lives in these times.

Over a year has passed since Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) stormed the Visayas Region which caused massive destruction to the natural environment, communities, and homes and claimed the lives of thousands of Filipinos.  We reflect from the lessons brought on by this phenomenon, as families and communities in the Visayas continue to struggle in rebuilding their lives.               

 The Consortium of Development Communication Educators and Practitioners of the Philippines’ (CDCEPP) immersion on ground zero in Leyte and the sharing of insights and experiences on risk communication during its 4th National Conference at the Visayas State University in October 2014 exposed the participants to the disheartening situation of the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. Families remain to live in shanties or in ‘tent cities’ as structures needed to deliver basic services have not been completely put in place.  Communities struggle with meager livelihood in the midst of enormous donations both from national and international agencies.

Tacloban City Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin has declared that there are still 500 families living in tent cities and 3,000 more families living in temporary shelters or bunkhouses.http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/12/04/1398758/tacloban-evacuation-underway-hagupit

  These families were reportedly relocated in anticipation of Typhoon Ruby. After this, we ask, “What homes do they go back to?”

 As a nation rooted in the values of pakikipagkapwa-tao, bayanihan, and a deep love for family, we enjoin everyone to unite with the petition to President Benigno Aquino, Jr. III to:

“Immediately relocate all families still living in tent cities in Tacloban City and the rest of the Yolanda-stricken areas in the Visayas and provide them with decent homes and livelihood.”

             We further call for local and national government to expedite reconstruction and rehabilitation in the Visayas and do this with respect to the dignity of the survivors and with utmost treatment of their health and well-being.  To facilitate this, there is a need to hold an all-stakeholders’ meeting that shall serve as venue for reaping communication-related lessons from the Yolanda experience and put on the table a master plan to reduce the same risks in the future.

        The worsening environmental conditions of our planet, given the effects of climate change, immense depletion of natural resources, and pollution in the earth’s basic elements, have triggered the onset of a chain of natural disasters sporadically felt all over the globe, the Philippines not excluded.   We are continually at risk as typhoons become storm surges, soil erosions to landslides, and hot or wet weather translate to La Ninas and El Ninos.

        Our nation, led by government leaders, should put into place sound policies that would recude risks caused by these disasters and prevent many lives to be taken every year. Let us start by making the Yolanda experience one that our country was able to overcome and will not happen again in the future. Let us start by rebuilding the lives of our brethren in the Visayas with unity, resolve and immediate action.



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