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Why we’re so alarmed by Ondoy

Philippines has experienced so many typhoons and calamities even before. How come the typhoon Ondoy has done so much not just to its direct victims but to most citizens especially in Metro Manila?

  1. Ondoy, 15th weather disturbance in 2009, caused flood that is declared to be the worst in history by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services, Administration (PAGASA). Many areas were flooded and many people were stranded along the way.
  2. The typhoon greatly affected 25 provinces (Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Viscaya, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, Quezon, Isabela, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro Oriental, Marinduque, Camarines Norte, and Bataan). Moreover, President Gloria Macagapal –Arroyo declared these provinces under state of calamity including Metro Manila.
  3. I can say that Ondoy has become controversial also because it hit Metro Manila, the national capital of the Philippines, and a defined metropolitan in the country. This time, the typhoon did not only damaged provinces and remote areas but it also struck cities and places of high class people. Ondoy did not choose its victims. Poor or rich, known personalities or not, everyone was affected.
  4. In addition, social networking sites (in which people of all strata from different locations all over the globe are members) especially Facebook serve as online means to disseminate information in no time. Everyone is informed of the latest about the victims and other operations. Pictures, videos, and other testimonies about the typhoon spread in the internet. Heroic stories and ways to help the victims are posted.
  5. For most of us, especially for me, this is the first time that I personally know few of the victims. Now, I am completely not indifferent about Ondoy-issues. I and my family are more than safe in our house but that should not stop me from doing something about the issue.

Let’s act, share a helping hand, and get out from the comforts of our house. Let’s DONATE , REPORT, and help in repacking goods for the Filipinos in need.

I wish people would set aside their own interests, even just for now.  Why put names, labels, and logos on styrofoam, plastic bags, and others when you can just give it plainly to the people?

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  1. barrycade
    September 28, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    we live in exciting times indeed. the typhoon wasn’t a welcome news, but hey, you guys were able to make use of new social media in the middle of it all–to share information, stories, ways to help. 🙂

    • Dominique Anne
      September 29, 2009 at 10:28 am

      i am very happy to see people doing their share online. through social media, everyone can help. orcom community is very active in this.

  2. mostlynerdy
    September 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Woman, this entry is a good reference for when we’re a bit older–all the entries I’ve seen mostly delve on how we can help in the crisis, but not so much on why Ondoy is a big deal. 🙂

    Thanks for linking my entry! ❤
    http://mostlynerdy.wordpress.com/

    • Dominique Anne
      September 29, 2009 at 10:32 am

      on a selfish perspective, I can’t feel ondoy effects anymore here at home. but when i turn on the tv or read facebook messages, i feel for the victims of the typhoon. Ondoy did a lot of damage and the “star of all typhoons” i witnessed since I was born. I linked your entry bec it’s very helpful and you constantly update it.

  3. October 1, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Ondoy just revealed that the affluent is not safe from the tantrums of nature. Ondoy should open their eyes and end their indifference. Nice site Nikki. 🙂

    • Dominique Anne
      October 2, 2009 at 9:13 am

      Thanks, Ishmael. We should not stop at helping Ondoy victims. We have to act and prevent another tragic situation like this. Accdg to an interview in ABS-CBN, we experienced harsh effects from Ondoy bec of global warming. So we see, the nature is telling us to act about this matter.

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