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Typhoon Ondoy – Worst Typhoon

By • Sep 28th, 2009 • Category: Featured, Headline, Headlines, News

The Philippine president has been congratulating our government officials especially the head of NDCC (National Disater Coordinating Council) and every department of the government for the job done during the wake of typhoon “Ondoy” hitting the country. It seemed to show the people that the government is really prepared for the calamities like this.

I do not wish to be cynical but for me they could still be better at preparing for calamities and should not under estimate the possible harm that this typhoon will bring to our country.

We also understand Ondoy is not just an ordinary typhoon compared to those previously experienced since this is the worst typhoon flooding effect experienced after 42 years. But you will really see the un-preparedness of our disaster coordinating council.

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As we all know, weather forecaster PAG-ASA predicted the coming of Ondoy three to four days ago from low depression until it became a tropical storm before the land fall so heavy rains were expected. So why was there no possible disaster preparation done especially to those areas that possibly will be hit by typhoon signals. Possible troops or personnel deployment from National Defense to those identified critical areas. It was a simple matter of preparation and yet nothing had been done. They just deployed their personnel after thousands of families were already displaced because of flooding.

There are lots of possible units to be used in time like this. Where was MMDA during the event? Saturday night at around 6-7 PM, we were on EDSA passing by hundreds of commuters stranded already occupying half of the road. Some are already wet by the rain with no public transports roaming. You will never see any MMDA enforcer or even police patrol cars on the road just to manage the safety of the people there. We saw three MMDA big buses and lots of big trucks and service vehicle just parking all over their office. I am sure if you will just going to ask them they already have their reason. I know traffic management is not only their job. And why do they have lots of personnel during the raiding of sidewalk vendors and lots of personnel doing the motorcade during the time that their chairman won a singing contest?

I know this is not the time to blame each of the government agency concerned but we will not blame them if they are really doing their jobs. It is really great to put them of human canon with spring plungers and aim them to those thousands of people staying on their roof for more than 24 hours with no rescuers coming with food and water wet by the rain and cold. This is so that they will also experience what those people experienced.

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