In countries vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters like the Philippines — which is battered by around 20 typhoons each year, apart from earthquakes and landslides during the rainy season — recurring weather-related events are inevitable.
The question then is: How can we prepare for and become more resilient to these “inevitable” catastrophes? While disaster preparation and mitigation are important, some experts suggest that building unwavering resiliency is key to this conundrum.
Resiliency essentially allows individuals, communities and national institutions to come out unaffected or, at the very least, not completely ravaged when disasters strike. Ideally, resiliency allows stakeholders to weather any storm (or eventuality) without losing all their resources and capacity.
“Resilience stems from adversity, whether natural or man-made, where communities learn to manage what nature provides or does not provide,” Jose Ramos-Horta, former president of East Timor, said last week during his keynote speech at the Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility in Manila.