Community spirit behind recovery of Filipino town hard hit by typhoon

Girls play in the schoolyard at Santo Niño Elementary School in the town of Tanauan, Philippines. Photo: UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

After Typhoon Haiyan slammed the Philippines two years ago this month, people in the town of Tanauan came together with "an innate desire to be of service."

That's according to mayor Pel Tecson who believes this community spirit, or as it is known locally "bayanihan," was the reason why his hometown was able to bounce back from the devastation.

Mr Tecson was recently at the UN to share what he has learned about the value of community-led development.

Dianne Penn caught up with the former business executive who was elected to office just four months before the deadly typhoon hit.

Duration: 4'39"

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