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in the aftermath of ondoy

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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

September 29, 2009 at 7:01 pm 7 comments

Spare the Air, Dammit

Courtesy: Daily Mail

Traditionally, the Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer. It’s the time when we look forward to autumn when the weather turns cool and becomes more comfortable.But not in California where temperature still goes to 100 degrees in some places.

Yesterday, the weather in the San Francisco Bay Area was so bad that local authorities declared it a ’Spare the Air’ day.

’Spare the Air’ organizers has referred to it as a giant social experiment to encourage people to leave their cars at home. They believe it would help save our planet. Yt’s estimated that every car driven on the road contributes about a pound of pollution per day.

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September 11, 2009 at 2:34 pm 2 comments

Global Warming is Hot

Somebody sent me this picture that eloquently shows the effect of global warming. Nobody can deny that the fashion industry has become more environment-friendly by using less material without compromising one’s modesty. Thank goodness, the basics are still covered. Otherwise, nothing would be left to the imagination. It’s interesting to note, though, that the skimpier it gets, the more expensive it becomes. Just ask any Victoria’s Secret shopper.

I’d like to give credit where the credit is due, but the original source of the picture remains unknown. any ideas?


June 5, 2009 at 5:53 pm 4 comments

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