Thu, Feb 21, 2013 - Page 9 News List

Typhoon Bopha gives the Philippines a taste of ‘new normal’

By Simon Tisdall  /  The Guardian, NEW BATAAN, Philippines

Meanwhile, in Manila Benito Ramos, the outgoing executive director of the NDRRMC, is busy planning for the next super typhoon.

“We are preparing for a national summit this month on how to prepare, including early warning, building codes, land-use regulations, geo-hazard mapping, relocation and livelihoods,” he said.

However, the bigger issue is climate change, which poses an “existential threat” to the Philippines, Ramos said.

“We are mainstreaming climate change in all government departments and policies. If we don’t adapt and adjust, we all agree we are heading for disaster,” he said.

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