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Why we’re so alarmed by Ondoy

September 28, 2009 6 comments

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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