Disasters in 2009: Poor Filipinos Victimized Many Times Over

Jan. 07, 2010

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
Bulatlat.com

MANILA — While climate change is not a recent phenomenon and is a result of years of destructive practices, most Filipinos do not know much about it until recently. And it has been a hard lesson learned for many Filipinos as it took the destructive effects of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng to drive home the point. Continue reading

  • James

    It is interesting to compare this story with building of high-end subdivisions on Ma-a’s Shrine Hill. I noted the following paragraph. Is it true?

    High-end subdivisions were built along mountains with slopes of more than what Presidential Decree 705 or the Revised Forestry Code allows. The top of mountains in the towns of San Mateo, Rodriguez, Angono, Cainta and Marikina had been flattened and denuded to give way to these developments. Thus, when Ondoy hit the country, low-lying areas near the province of Rizal were inundated. Worse, mining and quarrying, which is common in Rizal, caused heavy siltation of the Marikina River so when the rains came, it overflowed thereby flooding the neighboring city of Pasig.

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