Press Release
February 7, 2012


Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, Chair of the Senate Committee on Social Justice, today says that nature has been exposing the country's vulnerability against the elements, as such he urges the Department of Education to include in the curriculum classes that will educate Filipinos on disaster preparedness.

"We must not sit idly by as tragedy continue to cost us millions of pesos in property damage and lives of our countrymen," Pangilinan says. "Whether our people are aware of it or not, climate change is upon us and we must do what we can to prevent or at least mitigate the effects of natural disasters."

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake shook Visayas and Mindanao Monday that left 30 dead and 52 more injured. In 2011, flash floods and landslides brought about by typhoons left thousands dead and cost millions of pesos in property damage.

"It's high time we address the issue of disaster preparedness. We must not allow the gains we have made to move the country forward be hampered by natural disasters. We already know our country is prone to typhoon flooding and earthquakes. It is not enough that we are aware of the facts; more importantly we must make steps to act based on what we already know."

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