His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
Commemorating the tragedy of Typhoon Yolanda
[As read by Secretary Edwin Lacierda; released on November 8, 2015]
Today we commemorate how our country and the world came together to face the challenges of the strongest typhoon in history, Typhoon Yolanda.
We pause in prayer for the loved ones we lost, and pay tribute to the soldiers and civilians who placed themselves in danger to help their fellow man. May the memory and lessons of that time inspire us to persevere in building back better, and in living up to the solidarity, resilience, and generosity of Filipinos from all walks of life demonstrated not only then, but in all times of challenge and adversity.
God’s grace has enabled our country to ease the sufferings of those who lost everything in Yolanda, and reestablish communities that are once again working to have a safer, and prosperous future. This would not have been possible without the world’s embrace of our people and our people’s own heroic generosity and sacrifice.
The Filipino people will never forget the kindness that allowed us to overcome this tragedy and are resolved to be there for nations and peoples similarly affected by tragedy.