#MoveSoLeyte: Prepare, respond, recover
MANILA, Philippines – In 2006, a mudslide buried the entire village of Guinsaugon in St Bernard, Southern Leyte. About 1,000 people perished during the disaster while property worth about P200 million was damaged.
“It was a tragedy that revealed not only the community’s vulnerability but also the absence of (a) disaster prevention program,” Sen Loren Legarda said in a recently concluded summit on climate change and rural livelihoods.
Seven years after, St Bernard is back on its feet. Its effort to bring life-saving information on disasters to the villages and households is also recognized internationally.
More importantly, the town has become a towering example of recovery for other areas in Leyte that face rebuilding and rehabilitation after the massive devastation brought by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
On March 6, MovePH, the civic engagement arm of Rappler, and the Southern Leyte State University will hold a forum that will highlight the story of the province’s recovery and discuss how we can build more resilient communities using the power of technology and social media.
SLSU, a leading university in the province that offers technology courses, is hosting the event as part of its 10th year anniversary celebration.
Platform for change
To be held at the SLSU Multi-purpose Hall in Sogod from 8:30 am to 12:00 nn, the forum will tackle how the digital world, social media, and journalism are converging to become a potent platform for change in communities.
Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa will give the keynote address entitled "Technology and You."
MovePH head Zak Yuson will discuss "Social media for social change," focusing on Rappler’s experience on engaging various sectors and building communities online and offline.
Southern Leyte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRMMO) head Danilo Atienza will the DRRM blueprint of the province.
Rappler multimedia reporter Voltaire Tupaz will introduce MovePH’s Project Agos, a climate change and DRRM information platform which local government units, first responders, and the public can use before, during, and after disasters.
Follow Rappler's live blog for updates from #MoveSoLeyte. It will be up by 8 am on Thursday, March 6. MovePH’s Raisa Serafica will be on board to keep you posted.
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