“UNISDR believes that the Philippines government has done an excellent job of putting into action the lessons learned from Typhoon Haiyan,” UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Chief Margareta Wahlström said in a statement.
“All arms of government, including PAGASA and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, and municipalities like Tacloban have pulled together to save lives and minimize the damage being inflicted by this disaster event,” Wahlström added.
UNISDR noted that “zero casualty” approach of Philippines in dealing with Typhoon Hagupit is an evidence of Asia’s leadership role in reducing mortality and tackling economic losses from disasters.
“The zero casualty is a target that we always hope to achieve. It’s very sad that – in any calamity, we are still having casualty. But again, it doesn’t stop us from striving to achieve zero casualty,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.