In the meantime, the residents in Provident Village and elsewhere have to contend with non-flood related problems that underscore the failure of the Marikina government to put in place measures to protect the public. Common crime, to name one.
There have been reports that several of the inundated houses were broken into by thieves, who carted away belongings of the residents.
The Pajero owned by Sillona’s family, which they had parked at an elevated corner street near their house, disappeared last Monday, along with other vehicles on the street. They were told that Marikina traffic enforcers had towed the vehicles.
Sillona’s family had gone to the Marikina city hall with the appropriate papers proving their ownership of the Pajero but, as of yesterday, their vehicle could not be located.
The Sillonas’ washing machine ended up on their roof (Photo courtesy of Chieboy Sillona / bulatlat.com)
“Why did they take the vehicle out of Provident without our knowledge?” Sillona asked. “If they did that to free up the streets, why did they do it so carelessly and inconsiderately? We don’t even know where our vehicles are.”
The Sillonas as well as the others in Provident have lost a lot, he said. “My family’s life savings were in those things inside the house, including that old Pajero.”
“Psychologically, the people here seem healthy still,” said Atillo, who is a school guidance counselor. For three days now, her neighbors in San Roque, Marikina, have “morning sessions” where they shared what they all went through. On the first and second day, the discussion were mostly about what happened to them, about their fears. On the third day, there was humor already, said Atillo.
But the fear of another disaster remained, on top of the struggle to recover from this one. Atillo echoed her neighbors in noting the flood and debris they saw on Marcos Highway had come all the way “from the mountain.” Complaints of forest denudation and quarrying in Rizal and Pampanga had made its way on TV and radio. (Read sidebar: Why Rizal Province Suffered Greatly from Ondoy)
“There was no official word yet from our local government as to why this disaster happened,” said Sillona. “There were also no visible moves yet from the government.” So far, nobody has approached them or consult with them as to what they need to speedily recover from the disaster. (Bulatlat.com)