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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Typhoon Ondoy: A Year After

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I remember last September 26, 2009, my mom was supposed to attend an annual church activity at the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church along Quezon Avenue in Quezon City. The church would like to give honor to “Diamond Ladies” (women who are 75 years old and above) by giving them small tokens of love. When the coordinator for our local church called her up the evening before to confirm if she was going to attend, she wasn’t feeling very well so she had to decline. The weather wasn’t that bad that time.

The following day, September 26, at around 10 o’clock in the morning, heavy rain had started to pour and it went on for hours. The wind wasn’t blowing very hard so we were not that troubled. Until, later in the afternoon, when news reports over the TV and radio started coming in that we realized how devastating the heavy downpour had been to the low lying areas in the metropolis.

We were thankful that mom did not go with the group that attended the activity especially when we learned that the group from our church who attended got caught in the middle of the flood and traffic jam.

One of the severely affected by Ondoy was the Provident Village in Marikina. Not only material possessions were lost that day, there were lives too that perished in the flash flood; both young and old alike. It was at least good that it happened during the day and not at night when most people were asleep lest hundreds or even thousands could have had died.

Catastrophes like that do not always happen. However, it is something that should not happen again at least if we can help it. Let us fight illegal logging that heavily destroys our forests and mountains. Let us be responsible with our garbage and make sure that we dispose our plastics properly. If there is a way for us to join the effort to plant trees, let us do so. Little things put together can make a big difference. Let’s act now before another Ondoy comes.


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