My training enabled me to help my classmates evacuate the school building

Welcome to the village of Llorente, Eastern Samar, a Filipino municipality dedicated to reducing the risk of disasters. When the most violent clutches of the worst super typhoon ravaged the region on on November 8, 2013, thanks to trained volunteers like 18 year old Dayanara, one community was well prepared for it.


My training enabled me to help my classmates evacuate the school building and find a safe place to stay.

When most violent clutches of the worst of the super typhoon which ravaged neighbouring municipalities on November 8, 2013, my training enabled me to help my classmates evacuate the school building and find a safe place to stay, says Dayanara, 18 (left).

Dayanara, has been part of a programme called the Young Hearts Correspondents for several years. Through her membership, Dayanara trains other children on how to prepare for disasters, creates short videos to spread awareness and holds a disaster simulation training once a year, together with her fellow correspondents.

After the typhoon, villagers told me how grateful they were that I had explained the importance of disaster preparedness. When they saw the devastated boarding house, they realised how dangerous it could have been.”