TACLOBAN CITY, (PNA) — The Leyte provincial government will support various activities in towns badly-hit by “Yolanda” in 2013, relative to the 2nd year commemoration of super typhoon “Yolanda”.
One of the activities to be supported by the provincial government is the lighting of candles along national roads in Tacloban City, Palo, Tanauan, and Tolosa towns.
Msgr. Alex Opiniano, parish priest of the Roman Catholic Church in Tolosa town, said the candle lighting activity will be done to honor those who perished during the disaster. The activity will also provide means for survivors to reflect, according to Opiniano.
Candles will be lighted along the main roads, covering a 24-kilometer stretch from Tacloban City to Tolosa town.
The towns of Tolosa, Tanauan and Palo will hold their respective activities on Nov. 8.
“We are encouraging the people of Leyte not to be bounded by memories of sad scenarios during Yolanda. We should learn the wisdom, faith and strength from what had happened two years ago to prepare in case such catastrophe happens again” said Vice Governor Carlo Loreto.
“Stories we have no matter how sad, should be a part of the communal narrative as a province, this is important so that what had happened will be communicated to the next generations, it is in this way that we are able to prepare for the worse that may happen.”
Loreto said that the greatest lesson Yolanda gave is to be better prepared. He recalled that two years ago, people never believed, never listened, never wanted to evacuate. After Yolanda, they have changed their mindset.
“We should level up to the changes of the environment,” Loreto added. (PNA)
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