November 23, 2015


The ghost of Tropical Storm Sendong haunts this city almost fife years after it struck, keeping residents alert to the possibility of another tragedy.

“That was the No. 1 lesson of Sendong,” said Romela Ratilla, a senior science research specialist at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) office in Northern Mindanao, and herself a survivor of the monster storm’s devastation in December 2011.

“People listen to Pagasa (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) now,” Ratilla said.