Monster Monsoon: The Effect of Politics in Calamity Funding

Invisible Girl

The rain stops and the sun shines again, normally we say back to normal to most of us here in the Metro. Almost to that scenario, I went to my mother last Saturday and how I felt bad for my parents. The house is almost clean at least most of it, they can lie down in a more comfortable spot in the house, but still they are surrounded with flood and the good news they haven’t received any relief.

Well you can’t rely on the government in some social issues, but this is calamity, this is immediate danger in the health and safety and still the local government doesn’t hear anybody, now you can’t avoid comparing.

My parents are in Pasig and we all know who the prominent surname there is. I can’t just sit on my back relaxing in a high ground while my parents are submerged. As an old citizen of Pasig, the problem of flood is an old story.


The Problem of Flood

Every year, in every city, flood is a problem; it is a common problem to all, the question why is it remained to be a problem?


Garbage is a problem that will cause another problem. Waste Management roots to the culture of the Filipino, a problem in education about taking care of the environment. We have been patronizing plastic and then we suffer the consequence of our advancement, going back to the basics of paper. Paper which is from trees which is need to be cut to produce paper but then.


Illegal logging has contributed problem in the continuous fight for the environment. We all know trees suck the water in the ground to create food, yet we still think of profit first before the large effect of our actions.

These two problems created a chain reaction in our problem in flood. We create villages and subdivisions in mountains and yet no replacement for the trees we cut and we still complain why there is landslides and floods and many lives are lost. We did not listen to our parents that we should throw our trash in trash cans and we let our children throw away plastic wrappers to the streets and we complain about flood.


Then again the projects of different municipalities should be effective enough to the good of all its residents. Let’s have an example Marikina, they proved that they are the one of the cleanest cities and I envy their leadership in achieving this status. What happened to others? Pasig I also admit it is pretty tough since it is a big one, then again it should not be taken lightly. I saw the projects left and right after Typhoon Ondoy they really take action in widening drainages around and really clearing them up but still the same problem remains the same, it still floods. Given it floods since it flowed from Marikina, meaning Marikina is higher than Pasig? Marikina will be flooded first but after a few days’ floods in Marikina significantly vanished but then a large part in Pasig, still remain submerged.

It is a given fact that homes close to the river are the affected severely of flooding but with a proper drainage system, the water shouldn’t stay that long in the streets. Think about it! Do something about it!


Get Your Raincoats and Boots: It’s Rain Time

It really is the time of the longest time of the year the rainy season. It is when brownouts and class cancellations all you have to do is just wait for the electricity come or just and get a load of fat over the day. It is also the time for champorado, a chocolate flavored congee.

The rain is not bad but it’s not my favorite season either. There are a lot of people are killed in times of calamity than by heat stroke, though they are both a killer, heat stroke is avoidable if you have good lifestyle or just cooling yourself and hyrdrating yourself, wherein floods, cold, flu and leptospirosis is very inevitable. They all blend in water, rainwater, which you will have for the next 5 to 6 months.

Though we have no typhoon yet, but it rains at night. Rain has many factors to build and the country is in the factory of it, in Pacific Ocean.

Now the last one has passed not so strong which is good, but there is one approaching still a dwarf for its speed and wind, but it usually become stronger as it comes to the Philippines. Our weather bureau says it will just pass our area of responsibility but it will not land in here. Well actually a good news but still how many storms will pass here?

Getting Ready

Be ready for the rain so be on your most water resistant gears like:

–          Umbrella the most very handy and the default to be put on bag.

–          Raincoat to protect what the umbrella can’t cover.

–          Boots to protect your feet from getting wet from overflowing dirty canals around.

If you get wet going home, take a bath immediately as you reached your house, so that you can wash your head and feet from the rainwater and flowing canal water.

If your feet get wet, put it in a hot water with salt it will cleanse your feet and disinfect it.

There you have some tips to avoid sickness when rainy season comes.

It’s better to be ready than sorry.