For sure super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan, which up to now is the world’s most powerful in recorded typhoon history, won’t be the last to devastate large parts of our country.
This makes it doubly painful and frightening to contemplate that our government’s executive branch in the hands of the Aquino administration has been criminally negligent, laggard, incompetent, lazy and maybe also corrupt in handling the rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts for the people of the devastated communities of Eastern Visayas, specially Samar and Leyte.
Last week the UN Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) repeated its often issued statements that greenhouse gas emissions have been at their highest in more than 800,000 years. It said unless drastic steps are taken to curb those emissions, the Earth would face more and damaging natural disasters.
UN IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri reiterated that global warming must be limited to 2 degrees Celsius to avoid the deadly effects of climate change. If that is not achieved, disasters such as flooding, drought, rising sea levels, among others, will reach apocalyptic proportions. This can only be achieved if countries take more severe steps to curtail the use of fossil fuels—like coal and petroleum products.
Another group of scientists have pooh-poohed these warnings, claiming in effect that the IPCC scientists are liars working for the Western Powers. These scientists point out that since the global warming and climate change warnings were first issued two decades ago, there has been no global warming at all.
Emerging industrial and global economic giants, chief of all China, are complaining that if pollutants and climate-change-causing emissions must be curtailed, the Western Powers, the originally leading industrial countries, are the ones that must make the most drastic reduction in their industrial activities. And they must contribute large sums to the poorer countries to develop anti-climate change technologies.
China and these newly industrialized countries claim that they should not be made to suffer lower productivity for rescuing planet Earth when the Western Powers are the ones that for centuries have been causing the large scale destruction of our planet.
We agree with them.
Be prepared for more super typhoons
But to go back to the issue of preparedness for the next super typhoons—and for that matter the tsunamis and earthquakes—we ordinary Filipinos must resolve to undertake our own protection and survival.
The present administration officials of President Aquino have proved to be so inept, stupid, and as the people of Leyte and Samar say “Waray puros (Walang silbi, Inutile) “—and criminally negligent and liable.
A full year after Yolanda/Haiyan destroyed Tacloban City and other parts of Eastern Visayas, the needed massive rehabilitation plan is only going to begin to be implemented now because it was only approved by President Aquino last week. As our banner yesterday said “Govt way below housing targets–Thousands of Yolanda survivors won’t have permanent homes until 2016.” The fact, which President Aquino and his people have at last admitted, is that only 1,252 of the 205,128 housing units needed for the victims have been completed.
The so-called Rehabilitation Czar Panfilo Lacson should have resigned months ago when he saw how crazy, criminally laggard and unwilling to work his fellow officials in the Aquino administration are.
But the media propaganda of Malacañang and the Liberal Party is so effective that foreigners and the conscript local media are still praising Mr. Aquino and his officials for having done an excellent and even “remarkably fast job” of rehabilitating Eastern Visayas.
What a big lie! This lie rubs salt on the wounds of the suffering people of Samar and Leyte!
The criminal negligence and unpreparedness of Aquino officials–most of all of the head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, who is Defense Chief Voltaire Gazmin, and of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas—caused them to mislead local officials of Leyte on the afternoon of November 7, 2013, about when Yolanda/Haiyan would strike.
Lives would have been saved had Mar Roxas and Voltaire Gazmin been more competent and less uncaring leaders. And had they not given inaccurate information—contrary to what PAG-ASA and President Aquino knew—to the local officials in Tacloban.
Any good thing for the Yolanda/Haiyan victims has been due to the action of foreign aid donors and the work and resilience of the Waray people themselves.
We cannot depend on the Aquino government.
We, the people, must protect ourselves from future super typhoons, tsunamis and earthquakes.
And we must protect ourselves from Aquino government officials!