Monthly Archives: November 2013

Natural Disaster Management PH

(The following is a piece made by Emilian alumnus Don Salcedo as his own take on the Philippine government’s response to the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan and the ideal methods for future disaster response operations. Text sourced from with the author’s permission and edited for minor style issues.

Constructive comments are most welcome. Spam and offensive remarks will be deleted immediately.)

Natural disasters have occurred in the Philippines generations before mine and it will occur generations after mine. By now we should already have sturdy protocols on how to handle such. And those protocols need to be ever evolving as we experience natural disasters on a greater scale.

Disaster preparedness does not end before and during the calamity hits our shores. We have to be prepared on how to handle the aftermath. Being prepared is good however it gives us a false sense of security that we become optimistic that there would be a low number of casualties or at best zero. Continue reading


The past few days have been a trying time for the Philippines and the world.

The news are rife with the suffering of Filipinos who have been hit by Supertyphoon Yolanda (international codename Haiyan). In places like Tacloban, Leyte, and Guiuan, Eastern Samar, thousands of people lay homeless and without basic necessities.

They need our help… and many people from all walks of life and around the world are coming together for a common cause.

Amidst all of this, there are people who stand amazed at our resilience to stay strong…

but yet there are people who are condescending and blind to the suffering.

These people deserve to be lynched, but we should not stoop down to their level.

Help our friends, our countrymen. Save them and help them recover.