Tag: Yolanda

Joint Committee Hearing on the Proposal to Create a Department of Disaster Management

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Sen. Lacson’s Opening Statement at the Hearing:

The World Economic Forum conducted in Geneva, Switzerland in 2017 identified both natural and man-made disasters as among the top global risks that can cause significant negative impact for several countries and industries within the next 10 years. But long before this risk has been widely talked about in international fora, disasters have unfortunately become a frequent life experience in the Philippines, and our recent history attests to this untoward reality.

Just last Friday, Nov. 8, we commemorated the sixth anniversary when category-five Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) cut a swath of unprecedented destruction across 171 cities and municipalities in Central Philippines. In the same breath, we are one with our brothers and sisters in Mindanao as they continue to heal from the scars caused by the Zamboanga siege in 2013 and the Marawi crisis in 2017. In between, various parts of the country are being shaken, quite literally, by earthquakes and numerous aftershocks; most recent of which were the three strong quakes that hit the island of Mindanao in the past weeks, affecting 146,000 Filipinos, most of whom are still living in tents as we speak.

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Interview on DZBB: Walang ‘Pork’ sa 2020 Budget sa Unang Tingin? | Nov. 3, 2019

In an interview on DZBB, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– thwarting possible attempts to insert pork in the P4.1-trillion proposed 2020 budget via bicam
– ‘most behaved’ House with P9.5B institutional amendments in the budget bill
– release of funds to address recent calamities

QUOTES and NOTES:
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Interview on DZBB: On the Metrobank Robbery | July 17, 2019

In an interview on DZBB, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– updating laws to deal with crimes like the Metrobank robbery
– PH invoking national dignity in UN-HRC resolution on killings

Quotes from the interview…
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Haiyan: An Unforgettable Chapter in My Public Service Career [published in The Manila Times]

Sen. Lacson’s essay on Yolanda/Haiyan, five years after, as published in The Manila Times: “In sum, Haiyan is one chapter in my public service career I will never forget — extremely difficult, many times frustrating, yet satisfying only because I worked with very competent staff and consultants who didn’t mind the limitations imposed by our own government in all aspects.”  Continue reading “Haiyan: An Unforgettable Chapter in My Public Service Career [published in The Manila Times]”

🌐 Sloppy housing for calamity victims angers Lacson; Buwis natin pinagawa diyan! [Politiko]

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From Politiko: Lacson said prosecuting the jailing the contractors and officials concerned will be the only way to correct the situation.  Continue reading “🌐 Sloppy housing for calamity victims angers Lacson; Buwis natin pinagawa diyan! [Politiko]”

#PingSays: On a new gov’t agency to handle disasters, and preparations for a possible impeachment trial | March 6, 2018

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answers questions on:
– a prospective new agency to handle disaster-related matters
– preparations for a possible impeachment trial

Quotes from the interview…  Continue reading “#PingSays: On a new gov’t agency to handle disasters, and preparations for a possible impeachment trial | March 6, 2018”

📰 Rehab czar shares lessons of ‘Yolanda’ [Manila Bulletin]

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From the Manila Bulletin: Three years after supertyphoon Yolanda, the man who was appointed “rehabilitation czar” to help bring “normal” into the lives of people in the Yolanda Corridor, thinks back on work done and turned over. And coming from that experience, he shares some insights that can push government action on disaster preparedness and rehabilitation.  Continue reading “📰 Rehab czar shares lessons of ‘Yolanda’ [Manila Bulletin]”

Speech at Mirasol Outreach Foundation Inc. Turnover

Concepcion National High School, Busuanga, Palawan

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Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda once said, and I quote: “There are no greater treasures than the highest human qualities such as compassion, courage and hope. Not even tragic accident or disaster can destroy such treasures of the heart.”

One thing is true: we are in an era of new struggles and undertakings of two extremes – climate change and Islamic fundamentalism; threats from natural calamities at the unprecedented scale of Typhoon Haiyan and the shattering of peace through extremist terrorist activities, like the recent horrendous and coordinated attacks in Paris.

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📰 What melts Ping Lacson’s heart? [Philippine Star]

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From the Philippine Star: Former senator and police chief Panfilo “Ping” Lacson says his toughest job ever was also the one that easily melted his heart — that of being Rehabilitation Czar of areas hit by “Yolanda,” the strongest typhoon in recorded history.  Continue reading “📰 What melts Ping Lacson’s heart? [Philippine Star]”