Before I wrote this, I go through my post about ondoy and our experiences. It was not that bad after all. Two days without food and yet we survived. Days of cleaning, weeks of creating a new home. Months of recovering financially and almost a year of erasing our fears. But we survived, that’s all that matters. Maybe during that time it felt like the world has forgotten us. How can we not think that way? We only see water and fear (from our eyes and from the neighbors). There was no electricity, there was no news and the thought that our family was worried for our safety hunts us. But then again we survived and it has been exactly a year since it happened. We’re still here, we’re still living.
I had a glimpse of Boy Abunda’s The Bottom Line. He asked DSWD Secretary if the department is ready in case another Ondoy happened. And the secretary said yes. So I guess it is safe to assume that our government did not make sure that there will never be another Ondoy. So what did they exactly do? Buy over priced rubber boats? Prepare sacks of rice to be distributed in case of another flood?
“We are ready for an Ondoy part two. I am responsible. I am accountable. They just have to follow me,” said Ramos, a former commander of the Army’s elite forces (inquirer.net)
“We are ready for a [Tropical Storm] ‘Ondoy’ part two,” said Benito Ramos, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
See what I mean? They are ready, in fact we are ready too. We are ready for Ondoy part 2. Yes they are expecting another Ondoy but why should we expect if we can do something so that it would not happen again. It would have been better if it is:
We are not ready for another Ondoy, because there will never be another Ondy. We already took care of your sewerage, esteros and flood ways. We already took action to prevent another flood. We are not ready because there is nothing to prepare for.
Wouldn’t you love to hear that from our government?
But of course knowing how they always twist the truth, we still cannot expect that our government is ready for another Ondoy. I just wish, nature will understand, our president is new and he just came from another crisis (hosatge crises with a twisted truth). And another crisis will be too much for him.
The funny thing about Ondoy was some people really took advantage of it. Yeah, like rescuing her leading lady in a speed boat. Nice move. nice movie gimmick. still it was a flop. Just like our urban planning, flop, nothing more, nothing less.