Rappler Talk: Technology, disasters, and climate change

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte was in Laos to attend the 28th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit from September 6 to 8. During the summit, he signed a declaration on ASEAN Responding to Disasters as One in the Region and Outside the Region. 

In 2015, the Philippines was ranked 4th in a list of countries that are most affected by extreme weather events. This is why the country carries a huge burden to adopt measures to address climate change even if it only contributes less than 1% to the global greenhouse gas emissions.

Prolonged drought, unpredictable weather, increased rainfall, and rising ocean temperatures are among the effects of climate change.

The country can’t prevent another Ondoy or Yolanda from hitting our country, but it can be better prepared to deal with disasters. The question is, are our current policies and strategies enough? How ready is the Philippines to combat climate change and its effects?

On Friday, September 16, Rappler will interview Dr. Alfredo Mahar Lagmay, executive director of Project NOAH, to discuss the role of technology in disaster preparedness and addressing climate change. 

Watch the interview anchored by MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz on Friday from 3 pm onwards. Send your questions on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ClimateActionPH. – Rappler.com