By MARYA SALAMAT
While the government bears down on small businesses and producers, warning them against profiteering in the wake of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, it has allowed Shell, Caltex and Petron to increase oil prices at will.
Ni ROLANDO B. TOLENTINO Kulturang Popular Kultura Bulatlat.com MANILA — Sunod-sunod ba naman ang super-typhoon, mula Ondoy, Pepeng at Ramil, na pawang malalawak at mararahas ang saklaw ng epekto, bakit hindi ka naman mapapagod sa sunod-sunod ding kailangang relief operations? Parang na ngang defensa laban sa ikatlong People Power, napagod na raw ang mga taong…
In the years ahead, the number and magnitude of disasters will increase with colossal human and economic losses. The task of rescue, recovery, relief and rehabilitation will have to fall more and more on the people themselves as they have in fact done in recent years.
Workers led by Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and Anakpawis Partylist held a picket-protest on Thursday in front of the Department of Labor and Employment to slam its vain efforts to project to the public that it is assisting calamity-stricken workers by providing emergency jobs for only around 1,450 affected workers all over Luzon. KMU said…
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
Days after Ondoy struck, the government declared that it would no longer allow these poor Filipinos to return to their shattered homes.
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
The Citizen’s Disaster Response Center urges the passage of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Bill. But even without this law, trainings in disaster mitigation should be conducted down to the barangay level, it says.
Women and men are differently affected by natural disasters. For example, women are especially vulnerable to poor nutrition, vitamin and iron deficiency—especially anemia, which can be fatal in pregnancy.
By ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat.com MANILA — The recent onslaughts of storms Ondoy and Pepeng in the Philippines have drawn attention not only to the general lack of disaster preparedness in the country but also to how the government’s so-called calamity funds have been spent in the last few years. The calamity fund, according to…
By BENJIE OLIVEROS Analysis Bulatlat.com MANILA — Storm Ondoy was said to be a “great equalizer.” It spared no one: the rich, the middle class, and the poor. Some rich people suffered losses in their businesses when their factories, warehouses, and luxury cars were submerged in water. A substantial number of people from subdivisions catering…
By ARNOLD PADILLA
The challenge that policy makers now face is how to raise the needed resources to fund in a sustainable manner and without placing additional burden on Filipinos the requirements of relief and rehabilitation.
By CARLOS H. CONDE
A disaster-prone country like the Philippines should by now be a nation of experts on calamities and how to deal with them. But, as Ondoy has shown, Filipinos are almost always caught unawares. And often, the high cost of these calamities are caused not so much by lack of knowledge or resources as by poor governance.