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Leaders urged to step up disaster resilience projects

Covering coasts with concrete: Japan looks to Tetrapods to battle elements

Covering coasts with concrete: Japan looks to Tetrapods to battle elements

Leaders urged to step up disaster resilience projects

AMIDST untold casualties and displacement of 149,000 people from the ravages of recent typhoons “Karen” and “Haima” and threats to stronger weather disturbances, Filipino communities and leaders are called to step up strategies for disaster risk resilience.  Hans Sy, president of SM Prime Holdings Inc., made the call in his address before the Top Leaders Forum, a gathering of the country’s captains of industry to tackle the best practices to make businesses disaster resilient at the SMX Mall of Asia in Pasay City recently. “There is still much to be done in terms of pre-disaster efforts. In the country’s rural parts, there is great need to build better housing projects, resilient infrastructures most especially securing livelihood,” he said.

Sy, the only Filipino member of the private sector group Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) has been spearheading for the past four years…



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