Fire Prevention Month has been observed every year since 1966 per Presidential Proclamation No. 115-A, but fire continues to cause destruction in the lives and properties of thousands of Filipinos. 2011 has just started but CDRC already recorded 27 fire incidents. In 2010, as in previous years, fire outnumbered other disasters. There were 123 recorded [...]
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The Philippines is undoubtedly a disaster-prone country (both natural and human-induced) yet what we have is just Presidential Decree No. 1566, a 31-year-old law which merely focuses on short-term preparedness and emergency response.
The Philippines ranks among the world’s most disaster-prone countries. It is highly prone to natural disasters, particularly typhoons, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis, lying as it does in the typhoon belt, in the active volcanic region known as the “Pacific Ring of Fire,” and in the geologically unstable region between the Pacific and Eurasian tectonic plates.