MARAMI  tayong matututunan sa ating karanasan sa nakaraang Super Typhoon Odette.

Makikita na no matter how prepared we are, we cannot really underestimate, nor take for granted, the awesome power of Mother Nature.

Even as we have seen how we were forewarned and undertook the necessary precautions, we were still no match with the fury of the storm.

But the lesson we should derive here is that readiness and anticipation are key and significant, and that we should always give priority to what is basic and most needed in times of emergencies.

Take the case of potable water. At this stage where technology knows no bounds, even water filtration systems have become portable and mobile that these should be must-haves by every city, province or municipality.

These portable solar-powered water filtration systems that were brought to Bohol and other areas struck by Odette, were so crucial as an essential equipment that they have probably saved more lives than what is on record.

And government agencies like the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) should be lauded for recognizing the value of these equipment, as they selflessly provided the needed assistance to the Typhoon-ravaged areas in Visayas and Mindanao by bringing their full complement of water filtration systems available.

This swift action by the gracious MMDA Chair Benhur Abalos and his dedicated staff, is one testament to the Malasakit core value that the Duterte administration has nurtured and espoused throughout its term. We really have a caring government, and one who has appreciated the lessons of the past, and are now adopting a better response to disaster management.

Hopefully the MMDA and other similar agencies work hand in hand with the private sector and socio-civic organizations, to beef up their equipment and response capability.

It’s an understatement to say how water is so precious and valuable as a resource and a basic human need, especially during disasters and calamities. It is so ESSENTIAL.

Therefore, any system or equipment that can provide Water to our people in the most portable and reliable manner should be considered not just as investment, but a STANDARD for every LGU.

Dahil ang tubig ay buhay.

And every Life is worth saving.