Today we start with a follow up on the earthquake issue we talked about last week: at the moment the situation is still not under control especially in the islands of Bohol and Cebu. Up to now the amount of people displaced raised to 380,000 and there are more than 3,000,000 people affected in the whole region. People still lives mainly without a shelter, in evacuation centers, due to the heavy damages that all infrastructures and buildings have presented. It becomes obvious that emergencies structures are needed, where these people could at least carry on until reconstruction. Instead, in this situation the main risk is the increase of diseases, the main water supplies are still broken and sanitation is inadequate.
Recently Mahar Lagmay, Executive director for the DOST Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards, has given a conference on the importance of prevention and correct evacuation in situations such as earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and so on. He holds that it is the Government’s responsibility to put in place the best technologies to warn the population early enough to get organized. He assures that such disasters can be avoided through a correct understanding of the environment: “knowledge is the power to save ourselves”. The instruments are ready, now it is just a matter of putting them in action.