As the people of Tacloban City and the rest of Eastern Visayas marks the 10 years anniversary of the onslaught of Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda,’ several activities have been line-up, opening with a ‘resilience’ ride held on Saturday(Nov. 4).
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TACLOBAN CITY – As the region marks the 10th year anniversary of the onslaught of Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda,’ several activities have been lined up initiated by various government agencies.

The of activities includes the Resilience Exhibit at the Robinsons Mall in Marasbaras which opened on November 3 and was followed by the Resilience Ride both organized by the Office of Civil Defense, and the Yolanda Climate Ride and Mangrove Planting organized by the Firefly Brigade on November 4.

Fun run called, ‘A Run to Remember: Ika napulo ka anyos katima han danyos, dalagan ha pagdumdum’, was held on Sunday (Nov. 5) organized by the city government of Tacloban.
A two-day Regional Disaster Resilience Forum organized by the OCD in partnership with the office of House Speaker, Tingog party-list, Eastern Visayas Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, and the Department of Tourism started on Monday(Nov.6) at the Leyte Normal University.

In the morning of Nov 7, a “Salubungan with Climate Walkers” will happen at the Sta. Rita side of the San Juanico Bridge going to the old provincial capitol building in Tacloban City. Also on the same day is the beach forest tree planting organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Anibong District.

The DENR will also distribute land titles and allocation of land area for ‘tikog’ plantation to Basiao Native Weavers Association (BANWA) on the same day, while of the OCD will have a groundbreaking of their training facility in the northern part of the city.

Also on Nov. 7 is the Yolanda commemoration anniversary mass at the M/V Eva Jocelyn Yolanda memorial site in Anibong district hosted by the city government.

In the evening is the program called ‘Gratitude Gathering: Yolanda Volunteers Reconnect’ at the RTR Plaza. This activity includes a Thanksgiving mass, and concert featuring Eastern Visayas artists.

On the 8th of November, several activities were also organized aside from the 10th Yolanda commemorative mass and unveiling of the Yolanda marker at the Tacloban City Astrodome with President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is expected to attend.

The OCD and the Department of Science and Technology have also prepared activities the ‘Handa Pilipinas : Innovation in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Exposition’ at the Summit Hotel, and the 2023 Eastern Visayas Science, Technology, Innovation Week at the Robinsons Plaza in Marasbaras.

Also on the same date, the Department of Social Welfare and Development will be receiving some equipment from the World Food Programme.

A Yolanda commemorative mass is also scheduled at the Yolanda Mass Grave at the Holy Cross Memorial Garden scheduled on the 8th at 4:00 pm also organized by the city government.

In the evening is the Yolanda night ride by the Firefly Brigade at the McArthur Park and the community candle lighting ceremony throughout the whole streets of Tacloban organized by the Office of the House Speaker, Tingog party-list, city government of Tacloban, and the Department of Tourism.

On the 9th of Nov., three major activities were organized to wrap up all events for the 10th Yolanda commemoration.

These are the 4th quarter nationwide simultaneous earthquake at 9 am, the ‘Kanta Binisaya’ launching at the UP Tacloban at 2 pm, and the ‘Padayon: A commemorative’ concert featuring the Philippine Madrigal Singers at the People’s Center in the evening. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)