The recent rains that caused floods in parts of northern Mindanao brought many Filipinos together in solidarity to help those affected by the calamity.
It also left me concerned that we must all prepare for future events like this, as I believe there will be more weather-related and seismic events that will result in major disruptions to our lives and livelihoods.
I recall the successive earthquakes that rocked Mindanao in the last quarter of 2019. There had also been several typhoons and extreme rainfall events that have caused major disruptions on top of the pandemic. Remember the Taal eruptions in early 2020? What about the escalation of the swine flu outbreak? Typhoon Ulysses in Luzon in late 2020 and Typhoon Odette in the last month of 2021 hit parts of Mindanao, and the 2022 floods in other parts of central Mindanao? We must never forget the courage of the people who helped, and the lesson