President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. reiterated on Wednesday the administration’s call for making climate change a vital component of the national policies as called on the Filipino people to join the government in bolstering country’s disaster preparedness, recovery and resiliency.  

“We must make sure that we apply our knowledge on climate change to every plan, to every decision, and initiative so we can build stronger and more resilient communities,” President Marcos said in his speech during the 10th Yolanda Commemoration Anniversary in Tacloban City.

The President assured the administration will always strive to ensure that the effects of natural calamities like super super typhoon Yolanda, will be lessened or mitigated by a more concrete climate change plan.

In fact, President Marcos said the government continues to build disaster-resilient evacuation and emergency operations centers, and putting in place more centralized and efficient early warning systems, incident command systems, and disaster response strategies.

The President added that the deployment of new technologies, such as GeoRiskPH and PlanSmart along with the continuous conduct of information and education campaigns and simulation drills are also useful at saving lives.

“I therefore call on our citizens to partner with us in bolstering our country’s disaster preparedness, recovery, and resiliency so that we can overcome whatever storms we will face. It is an opportunity to become stronger, wiser, and better as we a people and we as a country,” President Marcos said.

“We mark the 10th Year of typhoon Yolanda, let us also celebrate the unparalleled spirit of the Waray and of the Filipino. Let us take pride in the fact that we triumphed over this calamity through our innate bayanihan, which inspired people all over the world,” he added.

Before concluding his speech, the President urged the Filipino citizens to join with the government in envisioning, dreaming and working towards building a better “New Philippines” “in honor of those who have passed on and for the benefit of future generations.” |PND

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