In typhoon-hit Philippines, warnings were ignored


Relatives cross a river to bury their loved one, who died in a flash flood caused by Typhoon Bopha, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines. The powerful typhoon that washed away emergency shelters, a military camp and possibly entire families in the southern Philippines has killed hundreds of people with nearly 400 missing, authorities said Thursday. AP

NEW BATAAN, Philippines — Surrounded by steep mountains, far-flung New Bataan town has long been a tragedy waiting to happen in a valley of disasters. A government-issued geological hazard map identifies the extremely precarious location of the farming community in the southern Philippines as “highly susceptible to flooding and landslides.”

Yet, like in many other places on resource-rich Mindanao Island and elsewhere in this disaster-prone Southeast Asian nation, such warnings went unheeded — until a powerful typhoon struck this week, washing away emergency shelters, a military camp and entire families. The storm killed more than 350 people, with nearly 400 missing.

Survivors of Typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) like Joseph Requinto, a farmer, counted their blessings. After a night of pounding rain, floodwaters started rising around 4 a.m. Tuesday, trapping Requinto, his wife and two young children in their house near a creek.

“After that I saw some people being swept away. We were able to save ourselves by climbing up (the hill),” he told The Associated Press. “Some of my relatives died and their bodies were recovered near the village. We were on higher ground. … The water was as high as a coconut tree. All the bamboo trees, even the big ones, were all mowed down.”

He said he carried his two children and sought shelter behind boulders that shielded them from coconut trees rolling down the hill. “We were 70 plus in all,” he said.

It was a repeat of a tragedy last December, when 1,200 people died on the opposite end of Mindanao as a powerful storm overflowed rivers. Then and now, raging flash floods, logs and large rocks carried people away to their deaths. In an impoverished nation where the jobless risk life and limb to feed their families, there is little the government can do once such danger zones spring up.

“It’s not only an environmental issue, it’s also a poverty issue,” said Environment Secretary Ramon Paje. “The people would say we are better off here, at least we have food to eat or money to buy food, even if it is risky. But somehow we would like to protect their lives and if possible give them other sources of livelihood so that we can take them out of these permanent danger zones.”

At least 200 of the victims of Typhoon Pablo died in Compostela Valley alone, including 78 villagers and soldiers who perished in a flash flood that swamped two emergency shelters and a military camp in the village of Andap in the municipality of New Bataan. The town, crisscrossed by rivers, was founded in 1968 by banana, coconut, cocoa and mango farmers who cut down trees to make room for land on hillsides.

“There is the Mayo River there, it’s a natural channel way of the water from the upstream,” said Leo Jasareno, director of the Bureau of Mines and Geosciences. “The water has no other path but Andap village.”

He said that even before the typhoon, his regional bureau in Mindanao served local authorities an “official notice informing them that it is a flood-prone area and it must be evacuated.”

In fact, Jasareno said, about 80 percent of the Compostela Valley is a danger zone due to a combination of factors, including the mountains and rivers, as well as logging that has stripped hills of trees that minimize landslides and absorb rainwater. Logging has been banned since last year’s fatal flooding but continues illegally.

Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo Uy, whose province is a rich source of timber and gold dug by small-scale miners, rejected criticism by scientists and government officials in the capital, Manila, that these towns should relocate.

“It’s not possible to have no houses there because even the town center was hit. You mean to say the whole town will be abandoned?” Uy told the AP. He doubted the basis for classifying the area as dangerous and said he had urged the central government to review the hazard maps.

“Even when we have floods, the water would not spill over so much. People are wondering why there was such a huge volume of water,” he said.

“We thought they would be safe there, but the volume of water was so huge,” he said.

He said that residents sought shelter in the village hall, the health center and the covered court in an area that is elevated and was never flooded before this week. Most of the casualties occurred there.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who visited New Bataan on Wednesday, saw the town covered in 15 centimeters (6 inches) of mud. He was told by townsfolk that a pond or a small lake atop the mountain collapsed, causing torrents of water to rampage like a waterfall.

“There is hardly any structure that is undamaged in New Bataan town,” he said. “Entire families may have been washed away.”

Bodies of victims were laid on the ground for viewing by people searching for missing relatives. Some were badly mangled after being dragged by floodwaters over rocks and other debris. A man sprayed insecticide on the remains to keep away swarms of flies.

Rescuers on Thursday retrieved more bodies from hardest-hit Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental provinces and six others impacted by Tuesday’s storm.

The deaths came despite efforts by President Benigno Aquino III’s government to force residents out of high-risk communities as the typhoon approached. Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday directed local executives, police and military officials not to allow those displaced to return to their homes in areas classified as danger zones. However, it wasn’t clear how quickly and where substitute homes would be built.

After slamming into Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley with winds of 175 kilometers (109 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 210 kph (130 mph), Typhoon Pablo roared quickly across the southern Mindanao and central regions. On Thursday, the typhoon was over the South China Sea west of Palawan province, and forecasters said it may dissipate after two days due to a surge of cool and dry air.

Some 20 typhoons and storms lash the northern and central Philippines each year, but they rarely hit the vast southern Mindanao region. Sprawling export banana plantations have been in place there for decades because strong winds seldom topple trees.

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  • bugoybanggers

    Kayong mga taga LUZON, wag kayong magmayabang kamo malaki ang experience ninyo sa BAGYO! Aba, nagmayabang ang mga HARI sa KATIHAN! Ang mga data na pinagmamayabang ninyo ay sana hindi nalang ninyo inilathala. Bakit  sinisisi ninyo ang mga tao bakit namatay sila o dahil pabaya at kulang daw sa paghahanda? Aba naman, KAYO ang dapat sisihin at MANAGOT sa mga NAMATAY, hawak ninyo ang mga tao sa leeg dahil nasa inyo ang pamumuno. Ang pumumuno ng mga TAGA LUZON ay BULOK! Dinadamay ninyo kami sa kamalasan ninyo dahil nag ugat sa mga kaBUWAYANG pamamahala! Makikita naman sa inprastraktura, bakit yung mga PINAG LUMAAN ng LUZON ang dadalhin sa MINDANAO para ano? Bayad sa mga NINAKAW ninyong galing sa KALIKASAN NAMIN! BENENTA ninyo sa mga DAYUHAN sabay patayo kayo ng patayo ng mga magagarang inprastraktura sa LUGAR NINYO! Nakapagtataka, halos lahat ng BAYAN ninyo cementado na habang ang pera diyan na pinamuhunan AY GALING MINDANAO. Ano sino ba ang mga MANGNANAKAW? Kung marami mang namantay sa amin ay DAHIL din sa INYO! Kayo ang SALUT sa LIPUNAN! Sana umanib na lang kayo sa CHINA dahil pahamak kayo!

    • fiveoclock

      sir, kaming nasa Luzon lalu na ang Metro Manila ay karamihan ay TAX payers at yung Tax namin dito ay sobra-sobra para sa infrastruktura na sinasabi mo. Sa road user’s TAX lang abswelto na kami sa cementadong kalsada at saka sa 12% EVAT na karamihan sa amin ay madalas sa JOllibee, McDO, Max;s, KFC, Mang inasal at iba;t ibabng chain food services………palagay ko mali ang pananaw mo BUGOY…yung mga taga MIndanao na pumuputol ng PUNO ang sisihin mo….ano hindi kami pupunta diyan para putulin ang mga puno ninyo ….dahil may mga PUNO din kami dito….si Rico Puno nga lang sobra-sobra na sa amin eh…..hahahahaha….

      • durun

        Peace.  Please lang huwag tayong magsisihan.  Panahon ito ng pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan.  

      • Ronnie

         bugoybanggers, mukhang hindi maganda ang gising mo ha! tignan mo ang paligid mo at itanong mo ulit sa sarili mo kung sino ang sumisira ng likas nyong yaman at nagsasamantala,  habang ikaw ay your mind…

    • Bahay Kubo

      Ang aming dasal sa mga naging biktima ng kalamidad…bugoy hindi ito ang tamang panahon ng turuan at sisihan, panahon ito ng pagkakaisa, pagtutulungan at pagdarasal

    • cute79

      taga visayas ako pero di ako sang ayon sa sinabi kabayan.ang may kasalanan sa nangyari sa lugar nyo ay ang mga taong walang hiyang bungkal ng bungkal lang ng lupa para humanap ng gold,mga taong ginawang kalbo ang kabundukan nyo.kasalan ng namuno mayor,gov,brgy oficials na di mahigpit na binantayan ang pag aabuso ng mga tao  sa kalikasan.isa pa kasalanan din ng tao kasi matagal na silang binalaan pero mas pinili parin nilang tumira dyan khit mapanganib.napanood ko sa ted failon noong nkraang mga buwan,ayon ng mga tao nkatira doon ayaw nilang umalis doon dahil doon sila kumikita kahit alam nila mapanganib.kaya sana ngayon matuto na ang mga tao,pero s plgay ko di parin lahat matuto dahil baka di rin nila alam kung ano talaga dahilan ng pagguho ng lupa.Karamihan  sa mga kabayan natin kahit alam na mapanganib lugar nila sinasabi nlng na dios na bahala sa kanila.Ang laging pagdadasal mo ay walang mangyayari kung ikaw mismo walang ginawa.sana matuto na ang karamihan dyan sa inyo sa pangyayaring ito.God bless us!!

    • Manu Ledesma Jr.

      bakit mo sisishin ang tiga luzon bakit pag marami bang namatay s luzon dahil sa bagyo sinisisi ba namin kayo mga tiga mindanao wag po tayo magsisishan dito kailangan po ay dasal at pagtutulungan. at hindi po namin ninanakaw ang yaman kalikasan s mindanao meron po din kami yaman kalikasan sa luzon sisihin nyo mga foreign investor n nag mimina at mga bulok n pamamahala ng mga namumuno sa inyo 

    • Gene

       Sir, mukhang sa sobrang galit mo sa mga taga Luzon, nasira na ang iyong pangangatwiran.  Hindi ba ang mga namumuno sa Mindanao ay mga taga Mindanao din at syang namamahala ng mga proyekto?  Hindi naman siguro mga taga Luzon ang nagputol ng mga kahoy sa kabundukan ng Mindanao.  Wag na tayong magbatuhan ng sisi, tulungan na lang ang mga biktima.

    • Donardo Cuago


    • kalikasanipagtanggol

       Tutal ikaw ang nasa mindanao umpisahan mo ng hanapin ang mga sumisira ng iyong kalikasan tulad ng mga nagmimina, logging at itanong mo sa kanila kung sila ba ay taga luzon. Itanong mo din kung sino ang protektor nila at mga namumuhunan mga taga luzon ba? kapag hindi taga luzon eh ikaw na ang bahala sa kanila para matigil na ang paninira nila!

  • dummier

    Shoot to kill na lang illegal miners, logging

    • 019074

      Pari, noong tinamaan ang maynila ng calamity, may mining ba at illegal logging sa manila?

      • tvnatinto

        manila is an area of complete deforestation and lack of planning

    • cute79

      tama!yan ang tunay na dahilan  sa nangyari ngayon sa Compostela valley at CDO,ILIGAn noon

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    Wala tayong magagawa dito kundi ang iahon ang sarili at magsumikap na bumangon uli upang umusad.

    Walang mangyayari sa sisihan. Kahit nagkamali pa yung dapat managot, hindi rin naman napaparusahan dahit sa impluwensiya at pera.

    Wala tayong magagawa kapag mahirap tayo. Mahirap talaga maging mahirap.

    Kaya bawasan na natin ang manganak ng marami kung tayo ay mahirap para hindi na magtitiis ang mga anak natin.

    Tandaan niyo: mahirap maging mahirap. At lalong napakahirap kapag ikaw ay isang mahirap sa Pilipinas sapagkat ang mga Pilipino ay walang ambisyon, tamad, at makasarili.

    Kailanman hindi aasenso ang bansa na ito. Dagdagan pa ng kabi-kabilang sakuna.

  • iping2sison

     “Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo Uy, whose province is a rich source of
    timber and gold dug by small-scale miners, rejected criticism by
    scientists and government officials in the capital, Manila, that these
    towns should relocate”. Most LGU officials do not believe in science and always disobey findings or recommendations of scientists. As Compotela Valley is rich in minerals, Gov. Uy, may be shielding his various businesses in the province, as he does not want his constituents to be relocated.  Now, that his province suffered the same unimaginable fate that befallen Cagayan de Oro, he is to be blamed for not heeding the recommendations of scientists.

  • PCD_2012

    I hope someone will slap the Governor for Downplaying the Clear Warnings given to all that Pablo is a Giant Storm with an Enormous Volume of Rains!

    Sometimes you might wonder why most of our politicians are STUPIDS?

    • opinyonlangpo

      I agree. Mike_1974 says otherwise that there is nowhere to hide.

      • PCD_2012

        Nowhere to hide?  Only stupid people will say something like that!  Is it an isolated planet in the middle of nowhere?

        Ask those victims now if what they will choose? Stay in the same flood paths or leave for higher and safer grounds?  I bet no one in their right mind will say yes seeing what happened to the unfortunate victims!

  • Night

    typical….. palusot… ang me kasalanan ulet sino??? Tayong mga UTO UTO

  • Fulpol

    saan ka ba pwedeng tumira? kahit hindi nabaha ang bahay mo, nawasak naman sa sobrang lakas ng bagyo…

    idiot talaga ang iba… idiot pati ang media mag-report.

  • doctor_mengele

    As you see, ALL the local officials in this regions are ALL involved in illegal logging and tong pats from provincial small scale mining permits.

    Sila sila rin yan. They use this money to enrich themselves at the expense for thier constituents.

    There is one governor who often says, “mabuti na mag putol ng puno, kaya sa mag benta ng Shabu”…di ako naniniwala dyan. For sure, pati Shabu, hawak ng mga local officials na yan.

    Kilabutan na kayo mga hayop kayo. Wala kayong konsensya. Pinapatay nyo mga tao para lang maka kamal kayo ng limpak limpak na pera.

    Pareho kayong gahaman tulad no Mike Arroyo, ang taong walang kabusugan.

    Maawa kayo sa mga taong na salanta ng mga delubyo!!!!

  • opinyonlangpo

    With so many dead, its clear that some government agencies were negligent in their duties and responsibilities and must review their preparedness and contingencies. The forecast was accurate in portraying the typhoon as supertyphoon and stronger than Sendong and yet those responsible seems not to know what is to be expected. Do they have to wait for more Sendong and Pablo to come and then learn their lesson at the expense of the lives of the people? Those responsible will always find a way to reason out and those who point it out will be in the hot seat, as usual Filipino style.

  • charles

    charge ComVal Governor Arthur Uy for incompetence, and investigate him for his mining interests in the province…!!!!!

    • 019074

      Kung walang mining sa COMVAL, iiwas kaya ang bagiong PABLO?

      • generalproblem

        hindi man sya umiwas hindi naman siguro mag landslide at flashflood sa comval. isa ka siguro sa nakikinabang sa minahan at illigalo mining

      • 019074

        OFW ako diri, im just place thing into ryt perspective
        That typhoon was develop not in philippines.

        Island of Palau (alam mo naman cguro yang Isla na yan) tinamaan din sila.

        Japan has better environmental management, but they were once hit by thyphoon

      • 019074

        I expect government both local and national to take two approached on natural calamities:
        1. Pro-active and
        2. Re-active Approached

        Pro- active are those efforts to lessen the impact should natural calamity will strike once more. it may be: clearing the drainage, massive tree planting to help absorbed rain water, safe guarding remaining trees on the “KALBONG” forest.

        Re-active are efforts to ensure victims or affected families get rescued, proper medical care to affected families, place of refuge just in case calamity will strike once more. provision of sufficient rescue equipment so as not to endanger the rescuers.Able bodied Filipinos has in his mind to help in times of need, but right agency should better equipped them, rescuer’s lives must not be place into imminent danger…. equipped them.

      • 019074

        OFW man ako, pero ilang libo na rin napatanim kung kahoy sa lupang na bili ko, ikaw nasa pinas ka lang ilang “PUNO” na bang natanim mo?
        Pero siguro pati bahay mo, yari sa kahoy? pero ni puno ng kamatis di ka nagtanim?
        Mag isip ka nga!!!!!

  • 019074

    Assuming compostela valley is Mining Free and Logging free, would it be spared by typhoon?
    Simbahan nga tinangay ang bobong sa hagupit ng baguio.
    Palao Island which is not in philippines is hit by typhoon.

    I am thinking if compostela valley is free from mining and logging, would it be spared?

    • Valentino Paredes

      Not spared by typhoons, but spared from life threatening disasters.

  • Bisdak69

    nako sa darating na halalan mananalo pa rin ang mga ungas na yan… bahala na si karma sa kanila

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Illegal logging, illegal mining at underground gold trade naglipana sa balwarte ni UY…..parang jueteng sa balwarte ni pineda sa pampanga! sino ang dapat sisihin si juan de la cruz?

  • akramgolteb

    “Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo Uy, whose province is a rich source of timber and gold dug by small-scale miners, rejected criticism by scientists and government officials in the capital, Manila, that these towns should relocate.”
    Sinabi na pala sayo Mrs. Arturo Uy na lumikas na kayo diyan sa lugar na tinamaan ng mabigat wala kang ginawa. Dahil kasi nakikinabang sa illegal mining & logging at mga taong nakatira diyan ang mga nagsisilbi sa iyo sa  illegal mong negosyo.

    • generalproblem

      eh ganun talaga di naman natin kalahi yan intsik eh. ang mga pinoy isa pa matigas ang ulo ayaw makinig  sa mga babala ng na mg syentipiko. siguro naman makikinig na sila sa babala ngayonat siguro maawa na sila sa kalikasan kasi naubos na ang kamag anak nila. tigas ng ulo yan napala nyo

  • jesslink

    so what else is new? sisihan… finger pointing… name calling… mudslinging… you name it…they have it …. GOD BLESS US ALL…

    • tony

      why don’t you ask your god why he killed all those people?

  • ely

    who issued the warnings???

    what they did to ensure the warnings implemented???

    who’s to blame??? 

    point fingers is not the answers!

    roles and responsibilities be defined… it’s easy to wash hands like malacanang did.

  • $18209031

    THeres no way you can escape the wrath of a hurricane unless you have a bunker complex made of heavy concrete . Thats just the way things are.

    • PCD_2012

      If this is the END of the world you might be right!  However DEATHS from Storms and Floods can be avoided if you are in the right place at the right time!

      New Bataan is not the only place in the Philippines where you can hide for shelter!

      The Storm’s Path and the Warning of Flash-Flood were already given to the government officials. If you’re given a chance to save a lot of people will you use it?  The problem is if you don’t have a Political Will and Downplayed the effects of both threats then you will find yourself in chaos like this!

      • $18209031

        Small towns all over the Pinas are all like that . THe community spirit runs deep from what you see from outside. Squatter mentality takes hold not to move out bec they are here to stay. Thus they were caught in the mudslide and flood. Its sad but its the way  things were . They paid for their lives and let it be a lesson .

  • MonMayuga

    Bakit ngayon lang nangyayari ang ganito sa Mindanao? Dati naman ay hindi binabagyo ang lugal na ito. Datirati ay walang nababalitang landslides doon. Datirati nang may mountain lakes at reservoirs ng tubig sa mga bundok subalit hindi naman gumuguho; ngayon na lang.

    Ito marahil ay dahil yung mga malalaking kahoy noon ay naputol na at ang mga bundok doon ay nakalbo na.

    Kaya ngayon, matapos magpayaman ang mga ganid na illegal loggers, mga politiko at iba pang mga tauhan ng pamahalaan na nasusuhulan ng mga illegal loggers na ito, ay nagdudusa ang mga hamak na mamamayan sa lugal na ito na natatabunan ng gumuguhong lupa at rumaragasang baha.

  • Platypus09

    Yes, most of us tend to ignore warnings to evacuate.

    We need to find out more why is that.

    It could be because we think that things like this will not happen to us.

    This is where we, as a society, need to come in.

    Educate, educate and educate is the key.

    Educate everybody that when winds at this level strike, that is no joke. It is very dangerous. It is time to find safer places.

    Lots of times, parents don’t know when, how, and where to evacuate. Educate these things to all parents from north to south.

    These are better topics to talk about than Kris’ and Boy Abunda’s tsismis talks on the lives of celebrities, which I find wasteful of my time.

    Educate everyone in our country where and when to evacuate.

    Since most of them in the rural areas don’t have vehicles in the middle of the night to evacuate, then local government officials should provide free transportation or vehicles for them to start moving to safer places.

    Local governments should make sure that their evacuation centers are safe as well and not dilapidated and easy to break.

    All local and city governments SHOULD have evavuations plans ready at all times and ready to implement them anytime, especially in a country like ours visited by more or less 20 typhoons a year.

    • Harry

      Every day people risk their lives to make a living. The fishermen risk their lives living near the seas, the farmers in plains and valleys, the miners in deep tunnels and pits, etc.
      In big cities, people risk their lives racing their motorbikes to work and thousand cross the streets with bus drivers driving like devils, etc.

      It is not only natural calamities that kill.

    • $18209031

       Tribal culture is to stick it out till the end hoping it will come out alright. THat s what had happened here. if they decide to stick it out bec of their own choosing, then so be it. We cannot blame them. The squatter mentality runs deep and we re sorry it ended in the worst nature can wrought.

  • Valentino Paredes

    Sorry to say, but the only way to force these hardheaded people is, not to help them after they became “victims” of their own dumbness. And to met with the maximum punishment those who burglarize such evacuated places.

    • Harry

      The people that followed government orders and took shelter in specified relief centers also became victims when the floods swept everything away. Who is to blame?

  • $18209031

    Natures wrath is what it is. No matter what you do, if it  hit s right up you azz, then you are destined to see Santo Papas in heavenly peace.  Even American cities are not  spared, just remember the Hurricane Sandy that hit New Jersey and Staten Is. Wasak ang mga Puti rin. Its a fact of life.

    • tekateka

       Tell that to the Catholic Church… That Nature made us all and NOT ANY GOD!!!

    • sl1

      But there was data from expert before hand that these areas are danger zone. Big tragedy should have been prevented if the local executive accept the advice of expert even if it was nature wrath.

      • $18209031

         If squatter mentality is the rule of the town, then theres no way you see people moving out. That is ugaling Indo Malayo kayumangmang noon pa kupongkupong. Just remember the squatters of Cagayan De Oro City, they lived in that part near the river and they paid their lives for it. That is a good example.

      • joshmale2004

        Easy to say than done. Alisin mo man mga tao dun, babalik at babalik pa din sila sa lupa nila. Nature ng Filipino yan kahit saan. 

  • vendetta07

    start having mandatory typhoon drills so they can practice

  • sugbu

    Pathetic blame game…..just plainly admit that our Civil Defense capabilities still a retrograde or still on the drawing board.

  • sl1

    Sanction the governor for not  listening to the expert coz if he does less casualties should have happen. Kasi naman nauuna ang sariling kapakanan kasa bayan.If I am the president or DILG secretary I will have him suspended for negligence. Let us see what sec Roxas will do about it.

  • Jon

    Puno’t dulo, nagkulang ang gobyerno.
    Tungkulin nila na abisuhan at siguraduhin na maligtas ang mga tao, sa ayaw o gusto nila.
    Wag lang puro palusot tuwing may kapalpakan.

    • Michelle Martin

      actually hindi nagkulang ang gobyerno. matigas lang talaga ang ulo ng mga tao. Southern Leyte, Iloilo, Cebu, Davao City has no casualty. Perhaps blame the Compostela LGU because they underestimated the power of typhoon.

  • Harry

    Blame illegal logging. Blame the mining companies. Blame the global warming due to uncontrolled gas emission. Blame the primitive rescue work. …But why blame the people for the disaster, they have nowhere to run.

  • $18209031

    Stop blaming the Govt. The Govt can just do so much  to tell these kayu squatters to move . Its human nature to stay put and wait for the worse to come. The is reality. Dont blame anyone bec you cant escape the power of nature. Just pick up the pieces and start again. We cannot change things. Accept and move on with life. As the saying goes, theres time for prosperity and plenty while a time of famine and pestilence . A time of joy and a time for weeping. A time of  new life and time of death. A time of good health and time of sickness and pain. . A time of being young, a time of being frail and old . A time of clear weather and time of storms. A time of building up  and time of disaster. A time to deny and a time to accept what had happened. A time of happiness and time of mourning. That is a fact of life.

  • Michelle Martin

    i bet these people will go back to these flood prone areas and when another typhoon comes they will request for help again. people never learn. it’s called “adjust to your environment because the environment wont adjust to you”  

    • Noel

      I agree.  They’re just plain stubborn.

  • boybakal

    In typhoon-hit Philippines,WARNINGS WERE IGNORED.

    My goodness, the victims are being blamed.
    Granting there was warming…Did they evacuate people and put them in safer place.
    It is easy to say, warming, warming if nothing is done to go with the warming.
    Don’t blame the victims….blame the Climate Change , ask Sen.Legarda.

  • Ben

    Words of mouth warnings must be reinforced by, flood crest early warning sytem, air raid sirens, TV and Radio automatic emergency broadcast systems, police on site directing evacuations, clear evacuation street signs as well as evacuation symbols for every identified buildings posted all year round to direct people since complacency is the nature of most human beings dismissing even the strongest warnings that weathermen is giving.

    Zoning must be strictly implemented and deforestation must be stopped near population centers to avoid logs and landslide descending into them during a typhoon. Reinforced road dike systems must be erected along coastal and river side facing and or near populated areas reinforced further by an elaborate road dike sytems in case the main one failed in order to have a controlled flow of destructions and give people who stubbornly did not evacuate ample time to do so, desilting must be done, bridges must be raised to give way for the debris to pass below it and foundations must be reinforced or use new technology such as hanging bridge system.

    Super typhoon frequency is here to stay, consider the possibility that another super typhoon covering the whole Philippines can get spawned and that will be destructions with an unimaginable scenario but we must prepare, much like the preparation we are doing for our territorial defense. Either we submit ourselves to the mercy of the elements (Fatalism) or we do something to conquer our new reality of climate change….high tide, rising sea, strong winds brought about by super typhoons can bring in tsunami like ocean surges and destroying everything in its path. Yearly, we are sufferring from this high cost of destructions and reconstructions, priceless lives dying but does the government learned the lesson or politics continue to have an influence on this?

    Tragedies need not be a yearly affair or predictably if our government is just implementing PPP for flood control systems around the country, strictly enforcing anti deforestation through combination of technology and zoning systems.

  • $18209031

    People are tied up to the land so they will stay no matter what . Be it rich , poor or middle class, they will stick it out no matter what. If nature has taken their lives, then so be it.

  • Noel

    Stubborn.  Never learn lessons.

  • tony

    Compostela Valley Gov. Uy is either an idiot or stupid. He did not do the job he was elected to do as governor and that is to ensure the safety of his constituents. And to cover up his stupidity, he is now blaming the govt agencies that warned him and his govt beforehand of the dangers of the incoming typhoon, asking for a review of the geohazard maps. One question for Gov. Uy, what is your educational background? Do you have any scientific background? The warnings were to evacuate the people from placs that were potentially dangerous. Hoy Uy read this – geohazard maps are used as guidelines to determine optimum places to urbanize. If you don’t know what that means, too bad for you – you imbecile!

  • EdsonArantesDoNascimiento

     With the regularity of deaths (due to man-made calamities!) and the tiresome, repetitiveness ,reactive-nature of this pathetic gov’t.,”until the next calamity,same time next year,same reactive scenario of this inept&lazy gov’t..Alas,it has become a near-Xmas-tradition for this benighted land!I! Same time next year!!!!

  • Hey_Dudes

    Well, for us Filipinos, it’s no big deal.  We are an extremely undisciplined kind of people and we don’t listen to nobody but we are always ready putting the blame on someone for our misfortunes.

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