in the aftermath of ondoy

September 29, 2009 at 7:01 pm 7 comments

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it was supposed to be a weak tropical storm but ondoy (international code name ketsana) proved everybody wrong. last saturday, it poured 13.4 inches of rain on metropolitan manila within six hours. this was almost equal to the monthly average of 15.4 inches for september. as a result, the storm had caused the worst flood in 40 years with floodwaters going up as high as six feet.

according to the national disaster coordinating council, a total 1.9 million people or 334,959 families were affected by the flood. by late tuesday, it said there are 246 confirmed dead and 38 missing and nearly 380,000 people seeking shelter at evacuation centers.

so far, it’s been estimated the damage to property at P1.44 billion (US$30 million) and to agriculture and fisheries at P822 million (US$17 million). it’s expected that figures will go up as more data become available.

the aftermath of a disaster, such as the one resulting from ondoy, can bring about man’s basest nature.

overnight, some people have turned into rampaging hyenas taking advantage of the misfortunes of others.

we’ve heard of people breaking into abandoned homes and cars and cleaning them up with valuables.

we’ve heard of people preying on the dead victims laying in flooded areas.

we’ve heard of people selling food and necessities at exhorbitant prices.

we’ve heard of people ripping the needy of whatever little they have salvaged.

worse, we’ve heard of people stealing the aid destined to the flood victims.

but a disaster can also waken our innate kinship with the human race and lead us into random acts of kindness and self-sacrifice.

we’ve heard of good samaritans who have offered food and shelter to their less fortunate neighbors.

we’ve heard of people mobilizing relief operations in the spirit of bayanihan.

we’ve heard of policemen, members of the armed forces, and plain ordinary citizens risking their lives and limbs to save people in distress.

we’ve heard of muelmar magallanes, an 18-year-old construction worker, who drowned after saving more than 30 people.

we’ve heard of soldiers and militiamen who gave their lives during rescue operations at the height of the storm. they included private first class venancio ancheta and army cpl. adriano regua of the 2nd infantry division and civilian armed forces geographical unit militiamen joel hernalin, erineo olaguer, florencio dequino, and pedro falcon, who paid the ultimate price in the performance of their duties in laguna.

sometimes, i feel i’ve lost my faith in the filipino. but not this time. amidst this tragedy, i see the seed of hope for a better philippines


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. J.Kulisap  |  September 29, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Tayo ay Pilipino, ang tanging pagkakakilanlan sa lahing lumalaban at pinipilit abutin ang rurok ng kasaysayan ng tao sa mundo.

    Nakakalungkot isipin na nabubuhay lamang sa atin ang mga positibong pag-uugali kapag may sakuna.

    Imposible bang sa simpleng araw na pakikibaka ay maging Pilipino tayo?

    • 2. plaridel  |  September 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm


      ang kailangan natin ay tunay na liderato para tayo ay matutong kumilos ng maayos may krisis man o wala.

  • 3. J.Kulisap  |  September 30, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Mayron ka na bang napipisil Plaridel?

    Sabihin mo sa akin at muling buksan ang aking puso sa ating pamahalaan.

    • 4. plaridel  |  September 30, 2009 at 12:08 pm


      too early to tell. pero sa aking listahan eh wala ang pakawala ni arroyo.

  • 5. Walongbote  |  October 4, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Natutuwa talaga me sa mga nakatira sa states, na nakakaalala pdn smin d2 sa pinas,and so c0ncern.. Thank you..

    • 6. plaridel  |  October 5, 2009 at 12:40 pm


      di mawawala ang pagkapinoy natin kahit sa’n tayo mapunta. laging nasa isip ang kalagayan ng ating bansa.

  • 7. Gite Saint Tropez  |  October 14, 2011 at 10:40 am

    This makes perfect sense to anyone


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