Know more about the position of Sec. Mar Roxas in ensuring a resilient Philippines through this video of Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez, speaking in behalf of Sec. Mar, during the Q&A portion of the Presidential Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA).
The speech was delivered by Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez in behalf of Sec. Mar Roxas during the Presidential Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction-Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA) held November 24, 2015 at GT – Toyota Center, UP Diliman, QC.
Sec. Mar wished to be present today to be able to hear your stories in person, but his schedule unfortunately did not permit it. He asks for your understanding, and he assures you that you are always in his thoughts. He thought it best to have yours truly read the message he prepared for you today:
Magandang araw po sa inyong lahat, at maraming salamat sa inyong paanyaya na makasama ako sa inyong event ngayon. I congratulate Oxfam for its initiative in organizing this, and helping serve as a venue to create awareness of disaster risk reduction management and climate change adaptation.
Sa Daang Matuwid, kayo ang Boss, at kasama dito ang paghahanda at paggawa ng paaran para masiguro ang inyong kaligtasan kung dumating ang sakuna. Hindi natin pwedeng ipagpatuloy ang dating gawi ng bara-bara at patsamba-tsambang pagtugon sa mga bagyo na alam naman nating darating. Maraming nagsasabing sanay na ang Pilipino sa bagyo, pero hindi sapat yung sanay. Dapat handa.
Yan ang prinsipyo na pinairal natin sa pamahalaan at isinakatuparan natin sa DILG noong ako naglingkod doon bilang Secretary. Sa pamamagitan ng masusing pag-aaral, nakita natin ang mga hakbang na dapat magawa, mga kagamitan na kailangan, mga kasanayan na dapat alam para tayo ay maging handa.
Ang produkto nito ay yung Project Listo. Gaya ng nabanggit kanina sa Q&A, isa itong minimum preparedness checklist kung saan malalaman ng mga local chief executives ang dapat gawin bago pa man dumating ang bagyo. Para itong checklist ng mga piloto bago magtake off – alam na nila ang gagawin, pero hindi masama na may checklist para masigurong walang nakalimutan. Bukod dito, sa panahon ng sakuna, maraming kailangang isipin, maraming kailangang gawin, dapat maiwasan ang mga pagkakamali dahil buhay ang nakataya.
Despite all this, I want to emphasize, di pa tapos ang Project Listo. It is continuously improved and updated as we experience more storms. The idea is, there is always room for improvement when lives and livelihood are at stake. Lahat ng kayang iwasan, iwasan hangga’t maari.
Gusto ko rin po sanang hingin ang kooperasyon ng lahat sa mga proyekto at programa na may kinalaman sa Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM). Makinig tayo sa ating mga opisyal, magtiwala po tayo. Kung tayo ay magkakaisa, walang bagay na hindi natin kayang lampasan.
Hindi na po ako magtatagal, gusto ko pong magpasalamat sa inyong pag-intindi, pakikinig, at pagkukusa para masigurong mananatiling listo ang sambayanang Pilipino.
Maraming salamat po!
We thank Rappler and its editorial staff for acknowledging, and apologizing for promoting a meme about Sec. Mar Roxas, using a quote that was unfortunately taken out of context.
Although damage has been done by the circulation of the quote that Rappler now acknowledges “didn’t fully represent [Sec. Mar’s] position on a sensitive issue,” we truly appreciate their apology, which is indicative of a desire to maintain the highest standards of journalism. We are likewise confident that our fellow Filipinos will see to the truth of Sec. Mar’s position on lag-lag bala.
Sec. Mar’s position has always been clear: We need to put an immediate stop to these acts that are hurting the image of our country and causing apprehension among our travelers.
To this end, Sec. Mar has likewise declared his full support for a swift and exhaustive investigation and the imposition of appropriate penalties on any person found responsible. “Maging ito man ay raket ng isang grupo, ng iilang indibidwal, o isang malawakang sabwatan, these acts will not be tolerated; walang puwang ang mga ganitong gawain sa Daang Matuwid.”
Finally, we appreciate Rappler’s stated commitment to “strengthen [its] internal measures, to make sure this doesn’t happen again.” As part of media, they exert great influence on the discourse surrounding relevant issues. In the same vein, all of us—from other media outlets, to various campaigns, to concerned citizens—share the responsibility of ensuring a fair, truthful, and responsible discussion of relevant issues.###