July 27, 2011 by staff
Bagyong Juaning, As heavy rains brought by tropical storm “Juaning”empapado Luzon Wednesday, Sen. Loren Legarda said that the national government and local governments (LGUs) to enforce a high level of environmental protection. These political institutions must quickly handle the increased exposure to the risks of urban development and ensure effective community early warning systems, said Legarda, chairman of the Senate committee on climate change.
While governments tend to focus only on major disasters, should be equally cautious about the smaller disasters also cause death and destruction, he said.
He cited the disastrous typhoons and floods and landslides and storm “Ondoy”and typhoon” Pepeng”en 2009 that killed nearly a thousand people, super typhoon “Durian”en 2006, causing mudflows volcanic bury eight villages, displacing thousands of families, and killing hundreds of people in Albay, and Guinsaugon, the tragedy of Leyte landslide in 2006 that killed more than a thousand people.
“This kind of disaster is increasing – turbo by climate change. They diminish our capital, especially for the poor – human capital, economic, social and environmental – that makes us less resistant and unable to withstand disasters and crises of a typical family may face, whether the disease, loss of job or livelihood, “he said.
Legarda lamented that typhoon “Juaning”mat? 14 people in Albay, Catanduanes, Cavite, Marinduque and Iloilo based on last National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Update Council (NDRRMC).
“While this type of disaster is responsible for only a small proportion of mortality due to disasters, which still represents a significant percentage of the damage that accumulates over time, public property, livelihoods, homes and assets of low-income groups, “said Legarda, citing the main results of 2011 the United Nations Global Assessment Report (GAR) of the Disaster Risk Reduction.
The report found that while many countries are making progress in systematic disaster loss record, the largest disaster losses go unaccounted for.
The invisibility of such a large proportion of disaster losses is one reason why many countries are politically and economically difficult to prioritize investments in disaster prevention, he said.
Legarda is sponsoring the Fund nominee’s survival (PSF) Bill that seeks to create a special trust fund to finance local programs and projects aimed at improving the capacity of communities to respond to threats of disaster climate change.
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