In Llorente, local municipal employees remember well the difficulties that arose in ensuring government services, after Super Typhoon Yolanda. “It was difficult,” says municipal employee Jesse D. Contado. “We had to return to work right away.”
“Although, thank God that the water did not enter the municipal hall.” This key government building sustained partial damages due to the strong winds.
So too, was the civic center. Jude Sidro, a local basketball player, explains that the center provides a vital space for community gatherings and events.
“Rain or shine we can comfortably play together, inside the civic center,” he says. “It’s why we always hope that the next typhoons will not have the same intensity as Yolanda.”
For government officials and local residents alike, “Yolanda was an important learning,” Jesse emphasizes. “I just hope that there will be more projects for the LGU to protect the people and infrastructures most especially since we are facing the Pacific Ocean.”
“The weather is very unpredictable nowadays and it is very hard if you’re greatest opponent is the ocean,” he added.