The following is an e-postcard from Zamil Akhtar, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines:
When I arrived at the coastal community in Lian, Batangas, the first thing I saw was a basketball court. No community in the Philippines, no matter how poor, is without one. But what many communities do lack are adequate resources to prepare for floods and typhoons. De La Salle University has helped equip this community with the education and resources to survive floods, typhoons, and tsunamis.
I didn’t have the energy to hike up the mountain, but the villagers assured me that they had a path up if a tsunami were to hit. They also had rescue boats and an early warning system – provided for by De La Salle University. Disaster preparedness can mean the difference between life and death for these people, and nothing is more essential in the Philippines right now.
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Director, Center for Social Concern and Action
National Capital Region