Senators and Congressmen are pushing for the establishment of a Department of Disaster Resilience. Unfortunately, resilience is not just a structure or office but a state of mind. Just like the state of mind of the Bicolanos.
Bicolanos, whether they like it or not, are honed to be resilient because their place is not only located in the ring of fire but is also prone to tidal waves due to the Pacific Ocean. It is also situated in the path of typhoons 20 or so of which visits the country annually.
Below is a list of typhoons that made a landfall in the region since 1947. The list is courtesy of Alfred Vergara Yrastorza through former Albay Vice Governor Lito Tuanqui.