FIVE YEARS ON
5 years after Typhoon Haiyan struck, Mayor Pel Tecson reveals Tanauan’s new town square.
“Life is back in Tanauan.”
A memorial has been built to remember those who died in Tanauan.
Mayor Pel hopes it will help the community heal.
A 27km seawall is being constructed along the coastline to protect the community from future storm surges.
“This is our only home, this is our only place.”
After the storm, the national government promised to build 205,000 new homes across storm-affected areas.
But not even a quarter of them are finished.
And many of those that have been built are already falling apart.
Five years on, Elmer Labada has remarried and has had two children.
But he still fears the power of Mother Nature.
Whenever he hears a storm is coming, he and his family flee to higher ground.
The brothers say the economic situation now is worse than when Typhoon Haiyan hit.
Mariano rides a pedal cab to earn a meagre wage.
He says development doesn’t help the storm survivors.
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