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Legarda Launches Instructional Video on Disaster Preparedness

July 24, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda, in partnership with SM Cinemas, will lead today at 11:00 a.m. the launch and special screening at the Podium-Cinema 2 of “Ligtas”, an instructional video on disaster preparedness, which she produced and was directed by internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Brillante Mendoza.

Legarda, the United Nations Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, said that Ligtas aims to give valuable instructions and precautionary information to families and communities during typhoons, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

“Most natural hazards turn into disasters because of the lack of preparedness. This instructional video aims to inform everybody what to do before, during and after a natural hazard occurs. This is the audio-visual version of the Disaster Preparedness and First Aid Handbook,” she explained.

“This video is part of my continuing advocacy to educate our people on disaster prevention and preparedness and increase awareness on climate change and the dangers it poses to the community and the need for the public to adapt,” she added.

Ligtas is Legarda’s second team-up with Mendoza, the first being “Buhos”, a documentary that explains the science of climate change and its impact on everyday lives.

The Senator has produced other films and documentaries on climate change such as “Ulan sa Tag-Araw: Isang Dokyu-drama Ukol sa Pagbabago ng Klima”, “Ligtas Likas”, an animation movie for children and “Now is the Time” (in partnership with UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction).

Furthermore, as part of her information and education campaign on disaster prevention and mitigation, Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, collaborated with various government agencies to produce the Disaster Preparedness and First Aid Handbook to educate citizens how to prepare for and respond to both natural and human-induced hazards.

Legarda has also led the distribution of geo-hazard maps to local government units nationwide to inform communities and citizens on the natural dangers in their areas and how to prepare during typhoons and other calamities.