Typhoons – Gosic http://gosic.org/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 17:59:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://gosic.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2-150x150.png Typhoons – Gosic http://gosic.org/ 32 32 Prince of Wales arrives at RAF base to learn about Typhoon jets https://gosic.org/prince-of-wales-arrives-at-raf-base-to-learn-about-typhoon-jets/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 17:59:46 +0000 https://gosic.org/prince-of-wales-arrives-at-raf-base-to-learn-about-typhoon-jets/
The Prince of Wales has arrived at RAF Coningsby to find out about the work needed to keep Typhoon jets aloft – and to open a new boxing club. William visits the RAF base in Lincolnshire in his role as Honorary Air Commander at RAF Coningsby.

The former RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot arrived by helicopter and was greeted by Group Captain Billy Cooper, the base commander.

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The Prince of Wales arrives by helicopter for a visit to RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire (Joe Giddens/PA)

During the visit, William will spend time at the Air Traffic Control Center to learn about Project Marshall, a multi-billion dollar equipment upgrade program for air traffic control radar services in Lincolnshire.

On display will be new technologies used by ground crews, from exoskeletons to virtual reality headsets, to make maintenance more efficient on Typhoon jets flown by two Typhoon squadrons based at RAF Coningsby can.

The Prince will also visit and officially open the new RAF Coningsby Boxing Club in the heart of the base.

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Vivant: Typhoon, economic headwinds impact 9-month earnings https://gosic.org/vivant-typhoon-economic-headwinds-impact-9-month-earnings/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 16:28:23 +0000 https://gosic.org/vivant-typhoon-economic-headwinds-impact-9-month-earnings/

The publicly traded Vivant Corp. announced that its January-September net income fell 24 percent to P943.28 million from P1.23 billion last year due to the impact of Typhoon Odette and difficult macroeconomic conditions.

Total revenue increased 16 percent to P4.32 billion at the end of September from P3.72 billion last year, driven by the new contribution from power generation assets in Bantayan, Cebu, as well as the improved solar rooftop business of wholly-owned subsidiary COREnergy.

Vivant reported that electricity sales rose 34 percent year-on-year to 3.1 billion pesos from 2.3 billion pesos.

Vivant, a holding company with investments in energy and water infrastructure, reported a new revenue contribution from its subsidiary Isla Norte, which operates a 23.3-megawatt power plant to provide stable and reliable electricity to Bantayan Island in northern Cebu.

Meanwhile, subsidiary COREnergy reported expansion in energy sales volume due to an improved customer base for its solar rooftop business, higher retail electricity revenues and improved earnings from its engineered solutions business.

“Although we continue to face industry-wide external challenges, our third quarter results have demonstrated our resilience and agility in a changing environment,” said Vivant CEO Arlo AG Sarmiento.

The company reported that the earnings contribution from its distribution business was significantly impacted by the aftermath of Super Typhoon Odette.

The slowdown in electricity sales in January and February, support from customers and the delay in recovering generation fees weighed on the utility’s earnings performance, resulting in a 39 percent drop in Vivant’s contribution to earnings.

Global trading conditions and inflationary pressures resulted in higher costs for the company’s operations. The increase in fuel costs in 2022 contributed to the increase in generation costs for its subsidiaries. The impact on the bottom line was partially offset by increases in contracted capacity and improved energy sales of some associated companies and joint venture companies.

Despite the headwinds it encountered, Cebu-based Vivant made significant investments in power generation and water solutions while implementing cost-efficiency measures to adapt to the prevailing economic environment.

One of the most significant investments was 1590 Energy Corp’s acquisition of the 225-megawatt Bauang Diesel Power Plant (BDPP). (EC), a majority-owned subsidiary of Vivant Energy Corp., which in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vivant Corp.

1590 EC has operated and maintained BDPP since 2010 under a lease with the La Union Provincial Government.

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AI gives insurers godlike powers, says Sompo boss https://gosic.org/ai-gives-insurers-godlike-powers-says-sompo-boss/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 05:00:56 +0000 https://gosic.org/ai-gives-insurers-godlike-powers-says-sompo-boss/

Artificial intelligence and cutting-edge data analysis software mean insurers can now make predictions about the weather, natural disasters and senile dementia that previously “only God knew,” according to the president of one of Japan’s largest insurance companies.

The bold claim from Mikio Okumura, head of Sompo Holdings, comes as the company prepares to launch Japan’s first dementia prevention insurance package – a product designed for the world’s oldest society and based on analysis of the heartbeat, appetites and sleep patterns of thousands of people residents of nursing homes.

The move is over Sompo marks the insurance industry’s latest escalation in a battle to secure an advantage through technology. Okumura said this is an area of ​​competition that would determine the viability of individual companies as they move away from their traditional businesses.

The “god” claim follows Sompo’s $500 million investment two years ago in Palantir, the US big data analytics specialist, and its acquisition of a 22 percent stake in a Japanese AI start-up, Abeja .

“Thanks to technology, including AI, we can now reveal things that only God knew in the past,” Okumura said, outlining a plan for an insurance system that doesn’t just pay out for symptoms dementia occur, but also try to delay the onset of the disease by encouraging customers to change their daily behavior.

Sompo plans to use 500 records of 80,000 residents at its nursing homes, a business the company started in 2015, to create retirement plans tailored to each individual’s lifestyle. In 2020, an estimated 6.3 million people had dementia in Japan, and the number is expected to reach 11 million by 2060, accounting for nearly a third of the elderly population, according to the Cabinet Office.

Palantir’s technology has so far allowed the insurer to analyze correlations of data and build a model to suggest improvements to care plans for each resident. Okumura hoped these “big data” capabilities could now serve its core insurance business and help the company develop an insurance package that “avoids risk.”

“We will encourage our customers to change their behavior, and such a solution could be attached to health insurance for people of working age,” Okumura said. “If they manage to delay symptoms of dementia [for two or three years]we can offer them cheaper insurance.”

“This relieves the families supporting them, extends the healthy life expectancy of customers and reduces the insurance benefits of the insurer. . . This will make the national social security system more sustainable,” he added.

Sompo, like other insurers, is committed to using increasingly powerful tools to update the insurance business model for a world increasingly plagued by the impacts of climate change. Insurers around the world have been forced to grapple with a steep rise in natural catastrophe claims, with events ranging from Europe’s worst drought in 500 years this summer to devastating floods in Pakistan.

After Hurricane Ian’s devastating killing spree in Florida and South Carolina in September and October, risk modeling firm Verisk said in its initial reports that insurance companies were expecting up to $57 billion in damage due to estimated wind, storm surge and inland flood damage .

By combining historical data on damage caused by typhoons or floods with predictions of future climate changes, Okumura believes Sompo can estimate the magnitude of natural disasters and economic losses, for example, and suggest customers how to modify building structures to mitigate damage.

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Philippines: Country Climate and Development Report 2022 – Philippines https://gosic.org/philippines-country-climate-and-development-report-2022-philippines/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 18:19:52 +0000 https://gosic.org/philippines-country-climate-and-development-report-2022-philippines/

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Stronger climate action will support a sustainable recovery and accelerate poverty reduction in the Philippines

MANILA, November 09, 2022 – Climate change is taking a heavy toll on Filipinos’ lives, property and livelihoods and, if not addressed, could hamper the country’s ambitions to become an upper-middle-income country by 2040. However, the Philippines has many of the tools and instruments needed to significantly reduce damage, according to the World Bank GroupThe country’s climate and development report (CCDR) for the Philippines, published today.

With 50 percent of its 111 million people living in urban areas and many cities in coastal areas, the Philippines is vulnerable to sea level rise. Changes due to the variability and intensity of rainfall across the country and rising temperatures will impact food security and population security.

Several indices rank the Philippines as one of the countries most affected by extreme climate events. The country has experienced highly destructive typhoons almost annually for the past 10 years. Annual losses from typhoons have been estimated at 1.2 percent of GDP.

Climate action in the Philippines must address both extreme and slow-onset events. Adaptation and mitigation actions, some of which are already underway in the country, would reduce vulnerability and future losses if fully implemented.

“The impacts of climate change threaten to significantly impact the country’s GDP and the well-being of Filipinos by 2040. However, policies and investments – mainly to protect valuable infrastructure from typhoons and strengthen agriculture through climate-friendly measures – could reduce negative climate impacts by two-thirds,” said Manuela V. Ferro, World Bank vice president for East Asia and the Pacific.

The private sector plays a crucial role in accelerating the adoption of green technologies and increasing climate finance by working with local financial institutions and regulators.

The investments required for these measures are significant but not unattainable,” said John Gandolfo, IFC Acting Vice President for Asia and the Pacific. “The business leaders and bankers who use climate as a business opportunity and offer these low-carbon technologies, goods and services will be at the forefront of our future.

The report also conducts an in-depth analysis of the challenges and opportunities for climate-related action in the areas of agriculture, water, energy and transport. Among the recommendations are:

  • Avoidance of new buildings in flood-prone areas.
  • Improving water storage to reduce the risk of floods and droughts. This also increases water availability.
  • Expanding irrigation in rain-fed areas and promoting climate-friendly agricultural practices such as alternate wetting and drying (AWD).
  • Make social protection programs adaptable and scalable to respond to climate shocks.
  • Removing barriers faced by private actors in scaling renewable energy investments.
  • Ensuring new buildings are energy efficient and climate resilient.

Many mitigation actions will make the Philippines more resilient while also helping to mitigate climate change.

“The Philippines would benefit from an energy transition towards more renewable energy. Accelerated decarbonization would reduce electricity costs by about 20 percent below current levels, which is good for the country’s competitiveness, and would also drastically reduce air pollution.” said Ferro.

Even with intensive adaptation efforts, climate change will affect many people. Some mitigation actions may also have adverse impacts on specific groups, such as B. Workers displaced by moving away from high-emission activities. The report recommends strengthening and expanding the country’s existing social protection system to support affected sectors and groups.

Climate and development reports of the countries of the World Bank group: those of the World Bank Group Country climate and development reports (CCDRs) are new core diagnostic reports that integrate climate change and development considerations. They will help countries prioritize the most effective actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and promote adaptation, while meeting broader development goals. Building on data and in-depth research, CCDRs identify key pathways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate vulnerabilities, including the costs and challenges, as well as the benefits and opportunities that result. The reports propose concrete priority actions to support the low-carbon, resilient transition. As public documents, CCDRs aim to inform and enable governments, citizens, the private sector and development partners to participate in the development and climate agenda. CCDRs will feed into other core banking group diagnostics, country engagements and operations to help attract funds and direct financing for high-impact climate action.

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DPWH Completes P44M Manapla Flood Defense Project https://gosic.org/dpwh-completes-p44m-manapla-flood-defense-project/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 19:34:47 +0000 https://gosic.org/dpwh-completes-p44m-manapla-flood-defense-project/

BY GILBERT S. BAYORAN

The Ministry of Public Works and Highways reported that it has completed the P44.9 million flood defense structure along the Dapdap River in flood-prone Brgy. Punta Mesa, Manapla, Western Negroes.

The lives, property and livelihoods of people in the Punta Mesa coastal barangay in Manapla, Negros Occidental are now safer from flooding, the DPWH said in a statement it issued.

Executed by DPWH-Negros Occidental 1st District Engineering Office, the top wall project involves the construction of a 1.16-kilometer long, 3-meter-tall stone masonry structure at a budget of P44.9 million.

As reported by OIC District Engineer Dene. Baldonado, Jr. told DPWH 6 regional director Nerie Bueno that the completed structure will reduce potential damage that can be caused by flooding and riverbank erosion.

“This covering wall will protect the riverbanks from erosion and prevent possible water overflow, especially during these days when we are experiencing a series of typhoons and rainstorms,” ​​Bueno said in the issued statement.

“This structure will not only protect approximately 8,000 residents of Punta Mesa’s coastal barangay, but also the people of neighboring barangays, making them safer even during heavy rains,” Bueno said.

Punta Mesa is one of the coastal barangays in the city of Manapla in northern Negros Occidental, prone to flooding due to the presence of various bodies of water, including the Strait of Guimaras to the west.

Typhoons and floods also contribute to the rise in water levels along the river, posing a threat to people, their property and livelihoods.

“It is one of our priorities to ensure that people who live near rivers, streams and other bodies of water are protected from potential damage from flooding, erosion or flooding. DPWH continues to work with other partner agencies and stakeholders to deliver quality infrastructure projects and services for the benefit of those around us,” emphasized Bueno.*

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Divert non-essential spending to disaster relief – Manila Bulletin https://gosic.org/divert-non-essential-spending-to-disaster-relief-manila-bulletin/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 10:11:00 +0000 https://gosic.org/divert-non-essential-spending-to-disaster-relief-manila-bulletin/

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said today there was a need to pump more funds into the country’s relief, relief and rehabilitation programs for disaster victims as the country experiences an average of 20 tropical cyclones (tropical depressions). , storms and typhoons) each year.

Pimentel made the statement while expressing his support for increasing the government’s proposed 2023 disaster response budget.

Under the proposed 2023 National Spending Program, 31 billion pesos will be allocated to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (NDRRMF), or Disaster Fund.

“With these 20 tropical cyclones per year, and the fact that the Philippines is in the Pacific Ring of Fire, it is imperative to allocate more resources to disaster and disaster response and recovery programs,” Pimentel said.

While the proposed disaster fund budget is already 55 percent higher than this year’s P20 billion allocation, Pimentel said “it could easily prove insufficient.”

“We need to re-channel non-essential PAPs (Projects, Activities and Programs) in both the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2022 and the proposed 2023 state budget of 5.268 trillion pesos to fund critical programs such as the Disaster Fund in order to ensure a quick and efficient to enable response to disasters and catastrophes,” added Pimentel.

He stressed, “We need to ensure that resources are immediately available and accessible to both national and local government.”

“Let’s cut Confidential and Intelligence Assets (CIFs) and redirect this much-needed allocation to bolster our disaster response capabilities,” Pimentel said.

Among the proposed spending for 2023 is a record 9.29 billion CIFs. Of that, 4.5 billion pesos will go to the President’s Office; P806 million to the Philippine National Police (PNP); and P500 million to the Office of the Vice President; P500 million to the Philippine Drug Administration (PDEA).

“These funds can instead be used to improve PAGASA’s weather forecasting capabilities, build homes damaged by typhoons and earthquakes, and repair damaged roads and bridges,” Pimentel said, citing the Philippine Atmosphere Services, Geophysics and Astronomy (Pages). , the main agency responsible for monitoring typhoons in the country.

“Could they use their intelligence funds to monitor typhoons and floods and give us some much-needed early warning?” asked Pimentel.

Citing government data, Pimentel, who is among the first to call for help for victims of Typhoon Paeng, said the expected damage to agriculture alone could reach 1.3 billion pesos.

The number, he said, doesn’t include damage to infrastructure, as many bridges, dikes and roads have collapsed or been badly damaged.

Pimentel also cited that the country has yet to recover and rebuild the damage caused by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Norther Luzon, particularly Abra.

The government previously estimated the total cost of the infrastructure damage at 1.8 billion pesos.

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TURNING POINT: A water world in the making https://gosic.org/turning-point-a-water-world-in-the-making/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 09:48:46 +0000 https://gosic.org/turning-point-a-water-world-in-the-making/

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / October 31) – Last week was probably the first time that the whole country was hit by torrential rains caused by a typhoon. Two days before its first landfall on October 29 in Catanduanes, Typhoon Paeng (Nalgae) was already dropping devastating depth charges in various locations in Mindanao, the western and eastern Visayas and the rest of Luzon, triggering flash floods and landslides. At least 40 people have been killed by floods and landslides in the Maguindanao region alone, according to data released Saturday night by the Bangsamoro government. The number could only escalate as dozens more have been reported missing.

Paeng shows that our wanton attitude towards the environment – the destructive exploitation of resources and our irresponsible disposal of waste – has exacerbated our archipelagic nation’s vulnerability to the scourges of climate change, which comes in the form of deadly hurricanes and rising sea levels.

The massive disturbance of forests and mountainous areas, such as open pit mining and unregulated logging, weakens them and makes them vulnerable to erosion and devastating landslides. Erosion loads rivers and other waterways with silt, flattening and narrowing them. Even with a short rain shower, they quickly overflow and cause flash floods in many places.

Meanwhile, in urban areas, solid waste is clogging water channels, causing flooding even during normal rains.

We can only imagine the impact of Typhoon Paeng in the submerged areas of Caloocan, Malabon and Navotas (in the National Capital Region), Hagonoy and Calumpit (in) Bulacan, and Masantol and Candaba in Pampanga. According to experts, these areas have sunk and submerged over the years. Past typhoons have nothing to do with their downfall, but a vicious one like Paeng with a heavy rain load can exacerbate the deplorable condition of these communities.

dr Fernando Siringan of the UP Marine Science Institute said parts of the Camanava area, made up of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela City, sank between 2.7 and 9.1 centimeters between 1991 and 2002.

Meanwhile, the Pampanga Delta, a watershed covering parts of southwestern Pampanga and Bulacan, has sunk by 3 to 9 cm over the same period.

Accordingly, increased groundwater extraction leads to land areas sinking. Urban centers like Metro Manila are likely to decline due to increasing industrial groundwater needs and growing populations.

Now if you add sea level rise to this phenomenon, an aquatic world disaster is not far away.

(MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. William R. Adan, Ph.D., is a retired professor and former Chancellor of Mindanao State University in Naawan, Misamis Oriental, Philippines.)

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DPWH Deploys 960 Staff and 500 Devices in E. Visayas as Typhoon Paeng Raises – Manila Bulletin https://gosic.org/dpwh-deploys-960-staff-and-500-devices-in-e-visayas-as-typhoon-paeng-raises-manila-bulletin/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 11:05:00 +0000 https://gosic.org/dpwh-deploys-960-staff-and-500-devices-in-e-visayas-as-typhoon-paeng-raises-manila-bulletin/

DPWH deploys 960 staff and 500 devices in E. Visayas as Typhoon Paeng intensifies

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Eastern Visayas (Region 8) deployed 960 workers and maintenance personnel and 500 technical equipment across the region on Friday afternoon, October 28 to prepare for any eventuality that may arise due to tropical storm Paeng can occur.

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“Our disaster preparedness management teams are ready, and we have deployed full personnel in each district’s areas of responsibility for the necessary cleanup efforts along our national highways,” said DPWH 8 Regional Director Edgar B. Tabacon.

Citing a report from the maintenance and equipment management departments, Tabacon also announced that engineering equipment has already been pre-positioned across the region. These are used to clear the streets immediately after the storm.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Samar District Engineering Bureau reported that the Binaloan, Taft section of road along the Wright-Taft-Borongan National Road was closed to all types of vehicles from 10:00 am due to the possible occurrence of a landslide.

Motorists are also advised to use the alternate route at the junction. Road Buenavista-Lawaan-Marabout.

“All of our field workers and DRRM teams continue to monitor road conditions. We are also reminding the public to travel with extra caution while ‘Paeng’ speeds up,” noted Tabacon.

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PAF helicopters bring aid to typhoon-hit areas in Ilocos Norte, Cagayan https://gosic.org/paf-helicopters-bring-aid-to-typhoon-hit-areas-in-ilocos-norte-cagayan/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 11:29:00 +0000 https://gosic.org/paf-helicopters-bring-aid-to-typhoon-hit-areas-in-ilocos-norte-cagayan/

This Philippine Air Force helicopter is delivering aid to typhoon-stricken residents of the city of Adams in Ilocos Norte province. The city remains isolated after Typhoon Neneng attacked. (Photo courtesy of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte)

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte—Relief supplies and other essential supplies were flown by Philippine Air Force (PAF) helicopters to the disaster-hit areas in Ilocos Norte and Cagayan provinces.

In a statement Monday (October 24), PAF spokesman Col. Ma. Consuelo Castillo said two PAF UH-1H helicopters delivered a total of 4,604 pounds of relief supplies, consisting of food packages, medicines and fuel, to the Adams community in Ilocos Norte on Sunday.

Adams, one of the hardest-hit areas during the attack of Typhoon Neneng (international name: Nesat), has been “isolated” from the rest of the province after road infrastructure was devastated by the typhoon, authorities said.

A W-3A “Sokol” attack helicopter was also deployed in Calayan Town, Cagayan Town, to bring relief supplies to residents who were still suffering the effects of the weather disturbances, Castillo said. INQ

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Building resilience differently in the Philippines https://gosic.org/building-resilience-differently-in-the-philippines/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://gosic.org/building-resilience-differently-in-the-philippines/

For Filipinos, the final months of the year spur the preparations for end-of-year celebrations, but they also bring a premonition of devastating tropical cyclones that will ravage the region at this time of year. There used to be few. The past decade, however, has been relentless – littered with a list of typhoon names, each evoking memories of destruction, livelihoods shattered and lives lost.

The Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate-related disasters. Each year, this archipelagic country experiences an average of 21 tropical cyclones of varying strength. Last year, the country was hit by Typhoon Odette, a Category 5 super typhoon that reduced seven provinces to rubble. Odette was the 15th to hit the Philippines in 2021 and by far the strongest. It affected more than eight million Filipinos and left hundreds of thousands of people displaced without shelter, access to food, clean water and connectivity.

A year earlier, 26 provinces in the northern Philippines suffered the brunt of two major typhoons – Rolly and Ulysses. These two typhoons, which swept over Luzon back-to-back, turned the lives of two million Filipinos upside down.

And the super typhoon Yolanda, which devastated the entire Visayas region in 2013, is burned deep in the memory of the Filipinos. It was one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded. Yolanda’s anger affected more than 14 million people in 44 provinces and left more than 6,000 dead and 1,800 others missing.

The cost of disasters to this country is a massive drain on people’s safety and well-being, as well as on national, local and household budgets. It tears apart the social contract between leadership, state institutions and people. Local governments and communities bear the heaviest brunt and consistently hit the poor and vulnerable hardest.

According to the Department of Treasury (DOF), climate-related disasters have caused $10 billion in losses and damage over the past decade. Located in the typhoon belt and Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines regularly suffers damage and damages amounting to 0.5 percent of their annual GDP from extreme weather events and climate-related disasters. And that despite the fact that the country accounts for just 0.3 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

According to the World Bank, climate change will plunge some 132 million people into extreme poverty over the next 10 years and wipe out a decade of hard-won development gains. This means more farmers will lose more of their crops; Fishing catches will decrease as fish stocks decline; more families are being swept into informal shelters as a result of direct damage to housing and infrastructure. And these often become their state of permanent impermanence.

The UNDP Human Development Report 2022 reveals how layers of uncertainty are stacking and interacting to shake life in unprecedented ways. The disproportionate impact of these protracted global crises with a still ongoing pandemic is increasing poverty and inequality and harming long-term prospects for economic growth.

Against a backdrop of uncertainty and uncertainty, these catastrophic typhoons underscore the need for robust disaster response and sustainable recovery in the Philippines for its future development. While typhoons, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, among other natural hazards, are inevitable, the high death toll and huge economic impact can be mitigated.

What would it take to rebuild to ensure greater resilience in the face of these repeated threats? The Philippines has made significant strides in the areas of disaster risk reduction and climate action, and is now seeking to build resilience in terms of response and outcomes. This means considering systemic risks and the need for deep transformative action that engages all stakeholders.

This means continued effort and investment in building the capacity of national and regional governments across sectors to work together on more connected solutions. This means communities are directly involved in how best to rebuild from the start, so people can be confident their ideas and feedback have been taken into account. That means spending much more on prevention, anticipating risks well in advance and planning for them before a disaster recovery.

Risk-based planning and development leverage real-time data and rapidly evolving digital, mobile, and satellite technologies that must be linked together to provide accurate information, early warning, and risk-based protocols and regulations. These include decisions about the location of settlements, industries, city centers; spatial development and security protocols for buildings, for cities and sustainability measures for infrastructures that limit damage. This is rebuilding for resilience, saving billions of dollars in losses and saving lives and livelihoods.

A final word on funding – it is a collective responsibility to ensure that the money follows this quality proposal to invest in a more sustainable recovery, in resilience. Public and private capital can be mixed and directed in these directions, reducing funding costs and providing more leverage by working towards a common goal.

These changes must be made soon as time is of the essence. Every moment of inaction or worse, harmful actions pushes the unbearable costs and losses to a point of no return.

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Kanni Wignaraja is Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and Regional Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Selva Ramachandran is UNDP Representative for the Philippines.

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