#ZeroCasualty is more than a statistic


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#ZeroCasualty is more than a statistic

It’s 18 for Tropical Storm Mario (Fung-Wong), 106 for Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun), and 6,268 for Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). These are the last casualty counts by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) – government numbers that show the effect of the recent calamities on disaster-prone Philippines. But the goal of zero casualty should go beyond numbers, according to Albay Governor Joey Salceda and NDRRMC Executive Director Alexander Pama at the October 8 launch of the #ZeroCasualty campaign by Rappler in cooperation with the AusAid, the Australian Embassy in Manila, and various non-governmental institutions. “Zero casualty is not a statistic. It is a body of commitments that ensures nobody falls by the wayside due to poverty, exposure, or even stubbornness,” Salceda said. And if local government units want to achieve this, they will have to do more than just keeping watch of the numbers, Salceda said.

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