Rolly's onslaught highlights need for better anticipatory plan, improved science and technology – expert

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 2)— The onslaught of typhoon “Rolly” has again highlighted the importance of improving the country’s disaster preparedness protocols, with experts pushing to bolster science and technology to help in the calamity response.

Speaking to CNN Philippines on Monday, Mahar Lagmay, director of the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute, noted the country has had some advances when it comes to the calamity preparedness programs.

However, he underscored the need for better anticipation— especially with the world still facing the threats of climate change.

“We are improving, but we still need to address all the things that we have missed in preparing for any threat,” Lagmay told The Source.

“The story was that, hindi ine-expect doon sa lugar, which is the same story as lahat ng mga victims of past disasters… So kailangan diyan, anticipation,” he explained.

[Translation: The story was that, a certain area does not expect the calamity, which is the same story as all the victims of past disasters. So what we need is anticipation.]

“Use of better science, better technology to identify saan ba pwede magkaroon (where there can be possible disasters) in the future, bigger than what is in the historical records," he explained. "That is one very important thing that we should do, especially with climate change.”

Super typhoon Rolly has weakened into a tropical storm and continues to move away from the country’s landmass, but its weekend wrath left a trail of death and destruction — including at least 16 fatalities in the Bicol region.

Lagmay, for his part, lauded the combined efforts of both the public and private sectors to help Filipinos affected by the weather disturbance.

Tagged as the world's strongest typhoon this year, Rolly made four landfalls in the country on Sunday — in the vicinities of Bato, Catanduanes; Tiwi, Albay; San Narciso, Quezon; and Lobo, Batangas.

State weather bureau PAGASA said Rolly is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Tuesday morning.

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