"Ondoy"


In the previous post, I was trying to be funny.

But this totally kicks everything out of the window.

I realize this is no laughing matter.

My parents are in the Tandang Sora area right now. They’ll be going to the National Broadcasting Network building where they both work.

Here’s a question: Why is Tandang Sora... to Visayas Avenue... SIX HOURS!?!


No one saw this coming. Metro Manila was indeed submerged. Laguna, Bulacan, and Rizal were amongst the soaked.

Luckily, my house is flood-free. Sure, I reside in the almost-Fairview area where people hate going to our realm because it’s too far. This I hate. But I gotta love my house for being on top of a hill (it was aid that my house is situated to where Spanish, American, and Filipino soldiers fight during the 1896 to 1904 period.

Did you know that the La Mesa and Angat Dams were asked to drain their water but for some reason they didn’t pump out the excess water? This adds insult to injury. It was said that the rains we suffered today was equivalent to a month’s worth! Initially we didn’t care about the rains because it was all too normal. I never really cared about disaster things because I never thought it would happen.

So did the rest of the Manilenyos.

Look what happened.

This September 26, 2009 was the first time I called any hotline I saw on TV. I was about to visit my doctor and afterwards go to my work when what I thought was 6:30... was actually 11:30am. My mother, currently travelling with my father, called and told me that Metro Manila is drenched and they are stuck in traffic. I watched ANC and I saw Panay Avenue watered down. Minutes later, I got a call from my work buddy and he asked me to call the disaster office because my other work buddy’s house has flooded! His house is located at Munoz, Quezon City. I took out the phone book and dialled the police. They directed me to a disaster office and they happily responded to my inquiry.

I continued to watch the events that unfolded and I never thought I would see Panay, Philcoa, Batasan, Cubao, Timog, Congressional Avenue, Katipunan, Tandang Sora, Roosevelt, Araneta, and Commonwealth in that manner. Then I get a call from my neighbour. She went out and she was about to return to our subdivision but there is a big pile of water in front of our subdivision. This was no ordinary flood... it was at par with a grown man’s chest! Her husband, beside her, wanted to go home so bad that he would risk his Lite Ace to the pool of goo just to sleep beautifully in their king-sized bed. And then they saw a truck that stopped in the middle of the flood. They opted to stick to their spot and waited for the water to subside.

As of this moment, my girlfriend’s house is not underwater… but her street is submerged. To get to her house you have to pay 200 pesos so that a man with a boat… or a aerobed… or a large chunk of Styrofoam would pick you up and take you to a stroll out of no man’s land.

I recently went to Montalban, Rizal to visit the Rosalinda set and the first thing I noticed about the place is it is a mountain. Virtually a province overlooking a city, Montalban, Rizal is a collection of quarries, internet shops, nature, and resorts. So if the city succumbs to flood, then Cainta needs to worry. Cainta is one of the flattest places in the Rizal Province. The city is near Marikina and Pasig. Cainta is basically a part of Metro Manila... but in a province. So when the city was drenched, water hell ensued.

It didn’t help that it happened on a weekend. Where despite the fact that people use this day to rest, so did the government officials, some police folks, electricians, volunteers, and other help. Without the heads, all that were left were civilians.

The first time I became serious on this matter was when another neighbour called us. She is stuck in traffic and she is asking for my mother. She then wept because her sister is trapped from her house in Ampid near Batasan and San Mateo, Rizal. Her sister’s husband from Dubai called her and asked her to help her. I gladly okayed this. I called every number and hotline flashed in the TV screens and I called any disaster-oriented agency that I could see in the Yellow Pages.

I’ll often get a ring... but I’ll often get no answer.

I can’t blame them actually.

Water runs rampant all over the metro.

Who’s to blame here? PAG-ASA could predict bad weather every time but who are they to tell the residents of the greatly affected areas to abandon their homes and go to the nearest evacuation centers? Local governments couldn’t have seen this coming and just like PAG-ASA how will they force the residents of their city to relocate to another city? Maybe we should have forced all of them to work on a weekend... but fact is, that amount of water could destroy even the sturdiest of spots. Can we blame this on the MMDA? Sure, they are curing and beautifying the metro to make it up par with the other countries but Bayani Fernando is missing one important element in his innovation and that is SOIL and TREES! Hmm, come to think of it, I bet whatever the DENR will say should be remotely interesting.

But for dams may be the only man-made culprit in this matter. Had they tried to lessen the water early, then the size of the water emitted by La Mesa and Angat wouldn’t be this big.

Until now, the metro is still flooded and continuously reeling from the effects of this not-so-colossal, but seriously scary Ondoy. I don’t know when I will upload this because even my cellphone barely gets network coverage. Aside from the deaths, heavily-hit areas could suffer from that rat urine sickness, pneumonia, skin infections, and worse... starvation.

GAME OVER.

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