‘PH has learned its lesson’

By Cheryl Arcibal     SMARTING from last year’s super  typhoon, the combined efforts of the government and communities along the path of Super Typhoon Ruby (international name Hagupit) have been hailed as a success in minimizing the damage and loss of lives that the weather disturbance could have caused.   Former Sen. Richard Gordon, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chairman, told Hong Kong News that people have learned their lesson from Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013, and thus cooperated with the evacuation and other emergency preparations  implemented by the government.   Besides the residents in the communities affected by “Ruby,” Gordon also noted that the weather advisory was issued early.   “The weather assessment was announced early, people followed suit. People are maturing and that’s good because the government can’t do it alone. Everyone did what they’re supposed to do,” Gordon said in a phone interview.   Both the