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Palace says government learning from Yolanda experience November 14, 2013

From the Website of the President

Palace says government learning from Yolanda experience November 14, 2013
MalacaƱang on Thursday assured the public the government is learning its lessons from addressing the problems brought by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), so it can improve its disaster management in the future.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said the government is not engaging in buck-passing or finger-pointing in this situation.

“Walang kaisipan ang pamahalaan magpasa ng sisi o magturo ng responsibilidad. Dahil nakapulot tayo ng mahalagang aral… magiging mahusay para sa susunod na pagkakataoon (We never engage in buck-passing. And we intend to apply the lessons we learned to improve our disaster management and response mechanism),” Coloma said at a media briefing.

“Kung may pumupuna, tinatanggap natin ang pagpuna, hindi natin tinatanggi na maaring nagkaroon ng pagkukulang. Pero ito ay bunga ng severe constraints, hindi sinasadyang huwag tuunan ng pansin (If there are criticisms, we accept them. We never said we would not be prone to mistakes. But what I can say is that we never intentionally neglected our duties),” he added.

He maintained that while the government had taken steps to prepare for Yolanda, the typhoon was simply “unprecedented” in terms of severity and magnitude.

Coloma added even the first responders, including local government unit officials and their partners, were temporarily immobilized because they themselves were displaced.
“Extraordinary din ang demands ng situation compounded by the breakdown of power and communication facilities (The demands of the situation were also extraordinary, considering the breakdown of power and communication facilities),” he said.

Also, Coloma pointed out the government uses a highly complementary and interdependent structure for disaster management and risk reduction.

Still, he said the government is open to constructive criticism, so it can improve and be more prepared in the future.

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