The Province of Albay is the most, if not one of the most, disaster-prone areas in the country. It lies along the path of typhoons and is literally situated in the ring of fire. Aside from the regular flooding and landslides, the province is also being battered by Mayon’s eruption every 8 to 10 years.
These disasters, however, did not put Albay down. Instead, disasters shaped Albayanos to become one of the more resilient species.
But of course, the credit is also shared by the local leaders who were able to distill the lessons on how to mitigate the effects of disasters — a practice that is being recognized not only in the country but also abroad. Albay holds the prestigious Galing Pook Awards because of its disaster mitigation-related programs.
Former governor and Congressman Joey Salceda shares the lessons that Albay learned in mitigating the negative effects of disasters and how these can be used in responding to COVID-19. These are as follows: