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Recovery Status Report: Southern Leyte Landslide 2006

This study focuses on the 2006 landslide tragedy in the Philippines, where an entire community, including its people, its productive assets, and its socio-cultural resources, was totally buried. It reports on the various levels of recovery that have been achieved among the provision of community services and facilities such as health, education, recreation, infrastructure, livelihood opportunities and psychosocial services; and identifies the limitations of the principle of "build back better" as well as those areas of concern in which the principle can best be applied. It affirms that disaster recovery has to be advocated for and mainstreamed in national and local development planning, education, and mass media programs so that the principle of "build back better" can be achieved. It also calls for available early warning systems for landslide hazards to become a part of the preparedness and recovery efforts.

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