Monster Monsoon: The Effect of Politics in Calamity Funding

Invisible Girl
Politics

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

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.

Logging

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!

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Monster Monsoon: Still Raining, Help is Pouring

Habagat
Habagat

On day 2 of Monster Monsoon, the monsoon still doesn’t leave the country. Still raining occasionally but not like on day 1. Flood levels are still on the rise, by the occasional rains and when it rains it really pounds our roof.

The weather improved, meaning, the rain occasionally stops for a few hours unlike on day 1 that the rain doesn’t stop. Marikina is still under observation and a lot of rescue operations are taken place especially in Tumana and Provident Village. Provident village is the place where media is more focused in Ondoy days.

A lot of people especially in Marikina are prepared nonetheless, since they act upon the situation quite briefly. Unlike in Ondoy everybody is stunned in the rise of flood water all over the metro. The flood water is all over the metro manila before everybody can react to it.

Rizal Rescue Operation
Rizal Rescue Operation

The local government is prepared maybe due to the warning of PAGASA-DOST but nonetheless a lot of lives are spared but to some areas situation is not as fortunate.

Rescue Efforts
Rescue

Many in the Rizal area experience landslide maybe not often but in this particular circumstance, rain poured for almost a week after Gener left, the soil is already lose after Gener then just a few days after (a day or two) 3 days of rain pouring all over Luzon and the soil just loosen and loosen until it break. Quezon City is not spared, many barangays are flooded and in some areas same fate like in Rizal are observed.

Rescue
Knee deep flood

With all of the disaster, heroes with no cape or mask came to the rescue. Unnamed heroes from the military to ordinary people who would risk their lives for their brothers, we salute you! All came with one cause to help those people who are in need, to relieve the pain of those who are affected of the disaster.

It’s A Whole New Flood Again: Monster Monsoon

PHP Framework
flood 2012
Flood 2012

There is no typhoon, only monsoon rains but it’s a whole new monster out there. It’s Day 1 and I just got home from work and a flooded office driveway welcomes me for work.

All night it’s raining and thank God we didn’t lose electricity we still have information about the status of places all over the metro. The rain is not because an Ondoy like typhoon but it’s a southwest monsoon. Traditionally monsoons are not harmful and as destructive as this. Monsoons normally pass the Philippines in a 24 hr stretch and then weather will back to sunny again in just after 2 days, but this is different.

Flooded Metro
Flooded Metro

The monsoon stayed a little longer now due to another typhoon Haiku. It is currently in the east of China and it stayed longer for a while so this would suck up the entire southwest monsoon with a lot of water, the lack of wind together with the rain is noticeable just a chunk of raincloud.

Still the fate of the rest of the Philippines is still in the hands of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only we have now. The situation is not in our hands now, save who is needed to be saved and pray for the safety of the rest of us and no more lives will be taken.

Flooded Metro
Flooded Metro
Flooded Metro
Flooded Metro
Marcos Hi-way
Marcos Hi-way