BAYBAY CITY, Philippines – Leyte is no stranger to disasters. 7 years ago, a deadly landslide buried the entire village of Guinsaugon in St Bernard, Southern Leyte, killing many residents.
More than a 1,000 perished in the muddy deluge.
After the tragedy, much has been done, but sustaining efforts to build more resilient communities remains a challenge.
Rappler, in partnership with VSU, returns to Leyte to hold a forum dubbed #MoveLeyte: Social media for environmental awareness and disaster preparedness.
The forum gathers students, teachers, local government units, and advocates to discuss how they can prepare for disasters.
VSU Climate Change Center Director Dr Eduardo Mangoang and Forester-scientist Dr Paciencia Milan will lead the discussion on the state of the environment and disaster preparedness in Leyte.
The forum will also feature speakers from Rappler who will talk about how the digital world and journalism are converging to become a potent platform for change in communities.
Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa will talk about “The power of many.”
Zak Yuson, head of MovePH, Rappler’s citizen journalism arm, will discuss “Trusting the crowd: Social media for social change.”
Rappler multimedia reporter and MovePH coordinator Voltaire Tupaz will share insigts on how to report disaster on the ground.
Follow Rappler’s live blog below for updates on #MoveLeyte. It will be up by 1 pm on Friday, August 9. MovePH’s Buena Bernal will be on board to keep you posted. – Rappler.com
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