The province of Batanes has no casualties after a recent super typhoon Ferdie (with international name Meranti) hit northern Luzon last week.
This prompted the Climate Change Commission to laud the province for its achievement.
“The fact that no casualties were recorded means that the provincial government did a commendable job in preparing for the super typhoon,” CCC Vice Chair and Executive Director Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman said.
The island of Itbayat, a part of Batanes, was directly along the super typhoon’s path on September 13. After sweeping the area, the storm headed past Taiwan and then to mainland China and left eight individuals dead.
CCC revealed that Ferdie is considered to be the the strongest storm to have hit the Western Pacific since Yolanda.
Yolanda hit the Visayas in November 2013, leaving at least 6,000 people dead.
“Batanes just proved that preparedness saves lives”
“As an island province of the country, Batanes is exemplary for its preparedness and resilience to strong typhoons. The rest of the country should learn from the good practices of local communities in Batanes on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction,” he added.
De Guzman said that it was the island’s decision to come up with preventive strategies that helped reduce that impacts of the changes in weather patterns and resulted in the zero casualty during the storm.
“The LGUs, which are at the forefront of response actions, must bring disaster preparedness to an even heightened level and always aim to have no casualties for future typhoons,” De Guzman said.
The CCC has a Communities for Resilience (CORE) program which aims to promote a risk- and science-based approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation planning among LGUs.
Another weather disturbance, however, is looming over Batanes just days after super typhoon Ferdie. The typhoon, named “Gener”, will not make any landfall in the province. However, effects will still be felt.