The Philippine Experience: Climate Change, Disaster Capitalism, and Food Insecurity

The Philippine experience

Super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan has been a wake up call to Filipinos and the bigger global community to the reality that the impacts of extreme weather events related to climate change are already being felt now, and thus the urgency for concerted response. 

This paper calls attention to three critical issues that began to emerge after super typhoon Yolanda (aka Haiyan) struck central Philippines, bringing unprecented havoc and damage to the lives of the people, especially in Region 8 or Eastern Visayas area. Foremost among these is the issue of land, land tenure, and resettlement. 

To understand the magnitude of the impact of Yolanda and which sections of the population have been rendered most vulnerable, we need to consider the prevailing social-economic condition in the affected provinces before the typhoon. 

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