As a foreigner observing this for the first time from within, it was fascinating and encouraging to see what the people of the Philippines could do when confronted by a difficult situation. With Ondoy still fresh on their minds, people sprung into action and started helping wherever they could. Donations and volunteers flowed in. In many countries people are prone to inaction, waiting for a government response, but here there was little time for such bullshit.
With each passing day, the donations increased and the deployments became larger and more organized. All that I joined were night time, so I don’t have many pictures to show. They were focused on the areas around Quezon City. I didn’t actually see much flooding but there were some areas of EDSA that were impassable. The narrow low-lying streets in some of the neighborhoods were still caked with several inches of mud with trash strewn about and a smell of raw sewage.
I would love to hear feedback and personal experiences from last week. It would be a bit optimistic to assume that this won’t happen again. With so many people involved surely there are just as many observations to offer. What can be done differently in the event of another large-scale flood or other disaster?
One issue that was on the minds of many of the volunteers was the fate of all of the plastic bags used to pack relief goods. Is there a better solution that we could prepare for now?
The floods are certain to have a lasting impact on people throughout the affected areas and Filipino farmers will be some of the hardest hit. What relief operations are still ongoing?
Your thoughts and input please!