TACLOBAN CITY – Today marks the 10th anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded, which devastated the Visayas region on November 8, 2013. As we look back on this somber day, Tingog Partylist remembers the tremendous loss of life and destruction left behind in the storm’s aftermath, while also honoring the incredible resilience, bayanihan spirit, and resolve of the Filipino people.
While Yolanda took thousands of lives and demolished entire communities, the Filipino spirit remained unbroken. In the face of unimaginable tragedy, we came together as one nation to support the survivors, donate relief goods, and assist in the recovery. The incredible outpouring of aid from Filipinos near and far, as well as the international community, enabled the affected regions to gradually rebuild and heal.
“Today, Tingog Partylist, along with the Province of Leyte and City of Tacloban, welcomes President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as he joins us in commemorating the 10th anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda, as he did 10 years ago after the storm. We are honored to have the President stand with us on this solemn occasion as we pay tribute to those we lost, celebrate the strength and solidarity displayed in the aftermath, and reaffirm our commitment to building a more disaster-resilient nation.” said Rep. Yedda Romualdez of Tingog Partylist. “The road to recovery was long and challenging, but the Filipino spirit remained stronger than the storm. Together, we continue to rebuild, stronger than ever.”
Tingog Partylist, born in the aftermath of Yolanda under the leadership of Leyte officials such as Speaker Martin Romualdez, Rep. Yedda Romualdez, and Rep. Jude Acidre, remains committed to uplifting the lives of Filipinos affected by disasters and championing disaster risk reduction programs. Over the past decade, Tingog has been at the forefront of relief operations and advocacy for climate resiliency.
As we commemorate Yolanda today, Tingog calls on the nation to honor the lives lost with a moment of silence, celebrate the courage and compassion displayed in the recovery efforts, and continue working together to build more disaster-resilient communities across the Philippines. Just as our solidarity lifted us up 10 years ago, our bayanihan spirit will continue lighting the way forward for generations to come.