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2009/10/13

Palace urges Filipinos to prepare for future calamities

Manila (13 October) -- Malacanang has urged Filipinos to make disaster-risk management a part of their consciousness to prevent loss of lives and property damage.

Deputy Spokesperson Anthony Golez said barangay officials should disseminate information on impending disasters. But ordinary citizens should learn to look after themselves during typhoons, earthquakes, and other natural calamities.

Golez noted that when a family is well-informed and prepared against a calamity, they are not likely to panic, thereby preventing loss of lives and damage to property.

Meanwhile, Science and Technology Undersecretary Graciano Yumul, Jr. said that weather abnormalities are now the norm, citing that Philippines, despite El Nin'o prediction, is experiencing extreme wet condition.

Yumul underscored the importance of disaster risk management, pointing out government money being spent for relief and rehabilitation could have been spent in health and food. He attributed the abnormal weather conditions to climate change.

In the model forecasts for October-December 200 of the APEC Climate Center APCC), it noted that Philippines is expected to have below normal rainfall. However, due to the effects of climate change, the international forecast was proven wrong as two typhoons wrought havoc in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Northern Luzon.

Yumul noted that Filipinos should now expect heavier rains and more typhoons as the weather abnormality continues to affect not only the Philippines but the whole world. (PIA) [top]

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