Palace says occurrence of natural disasters now ‘new normal’

Published November 8, 2019, 6:42 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Genalyn Kabiling

The government has vowed to continue to build safe, adaptive and disaster-resilient communities following the lessons learned from the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda six years ago.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

The commitment was made after Malacañang recognized that natural disasters have become the “new normal.”

“The Office of the President joins the entire nation in remembering the sixth anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda/ Haiyan,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.

“The Office of the President recognizes that natural hazards have become the new normal in the 21st century, and therefore, we must continue to be relentless in creating safe, adaptive and resilient communities. It is our collective responsibility,” he said.

Panelo said the typhoon, which left many people dead and devastated communities in Visayas, also taught the government “a hard lesson in public service.” “Tapang and malasakit became buzzwords from a people weary of government apathy,” he added.

The Palace, meantime, paid tribute to the sacrifices and support of people and organizations that helped the nation overcome the calamity.

“We honor the sacrifices of those in the frontline agencies of the government, the different organizations, the many volunteers, and the unnamed and anonymous Juan de la Cruz, who responded during one of the most difficult times our country faced,” Panelo said.

“We laud the exemplary resilience of our own people, which in the face of a great adversity, have remained steadfast and have moved forward,” he said.