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Open the Flood gates – Open the Dams – People die!

Recently we experienced, the Administration once again, ordering the flood gates open; ordering the dams to release water – and people died! This is not the first time we have experienced the Administration’s management decisions that end up killing people!

What lessons did we learn just three years ago with “Ondoy?” It is obvious there was very little “learning” going on! Easier to blame it on “Global Warming!” Silly to hear grown men on the radio, during the disaster – blaming Global Warming! Why can’t the Administration know the levels of water; anticipate the water levels; and release water in a systematic , make sense manner, instead of all at once releasing water! Over 100 people have died – not because of Global Warming; not because of trash; not because of low-income families and where they settle – it is solely the amount of water that was suddenly released – by order of the Administration.

Taking a look at the situation, we need to ask some questions. How come they could not predict the amount of rainfall? Well – turns out the Administration is not paying the weather-guessers – and the weather-guessers don’t necessarily come to work – so there could be someone very inexperienced guessing! How come the Administration, knowing that amount of water being released will kill people, does not have a disaster preparedness plan in place? How come there is no coordinated plan? Almost entire provinces end up underwater for weeks.

Now we must suffer through disease, malnutrition, etc. because of Administrative decisions! People Dying! Is it Global Warming? Hmmm .. I would suggest that the rains and water experienced in 1972 – The “Biblical 40 day – 40 night rainfall” – Global Warming? The “popular” reason at that period was Global Cooling – Hollywood was making movies about how cold it was back then – now we blame “Global Warming?” Need to start asking questions! Three years ago it was easy to blame “Ondoy” on Global Warming – and yet weeks later there were discussions of the amount of development in floodplains! Again, where is the learning? Where is the coordinated plans? Where is the leadership, where is the disaster preparedness? Is it the trash? I have another blog coming out soon concerning trash – and how much is being dumped into Manila Bay each day – tons – people know it – people know who – and people shut their eyes – but is dumping trash the reason for all the flooding and dying? Is it the settlers? I would suggest they are not the cause of flooding – although they seem to be many of the people that suffer.

Again, the Administration seems to think it is O K for settlers to settle next to the dam when the sun is out – why don’t they take any action? There are facts in place that are undeniable. If the Administration opens the floodgates, opened the dams – people will die – and yet – they do it anyway! Why? There are many places where flooding is avoided with preparedness – how come the Administration cannot prepare? At some point people will start asking questions and I am not sure the Administration will have answers. They seem to just wait for the sun to come out, bury the dead, and move on to another catastrophic event. Shame. Guess what – it is going to rain – this is the Philippines!

Let’s do some preparation – have the Administration show some leadership – how about a novel idea – how about the Administration saving lives instead of knowingly killing people!

-Kevin-