Disaster management strategy shift sought

Leonor Briones

Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Wednesday underscored the need for the government to change its approach and tactics to the reduction and management of disaster risks in the face of continuing climate change.

Briones issued the statement following the onslaught of tropical depression “Usman,” that claimed at least 140 lives and destroyed P5.411 billion worth of infrastructure and agriculture in various parts of the country, especially in Bicol region.

“As floods and landslides happen with greater frequency and inflict severe damage to property, facilities, and equipment even without strong winds as measured by warning system, there is a need to consider the policy implication of this irreversible trend and make the necessary recommendations to President Duterte” she pointed out.

“We have seen this in Guinsaugon (Southern Leyte), Biliran, Leyte, Quezon, Los Baños (Laguna), Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, as well as in Lanao del Norte,” Briones noted.

Earlier, Briones presented the emerging challenges in disaster risk reduction and mitigation before fellow members of the Cabinet during a situation briefing last 4 January in Pili, Camarines Sur.

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