17 December 2011

My Upcoming Blog in Tagalog (Filipino or Taglish Whatsoever)

My failed ambition to be a journalist has somewhat found satisfaction and exhilarating sense of fulfillment when I joined the wonderful world of Bloggers. Furthermore, Blogging has likewise filled up the void left by the unexpected disappearance of INBOX WORLD from the pages of the Philippine STAR of which I am a loyal participant since its inception.

I must admit I derive immense pleasure from Blogging as my command of the English language is further sharpened and developed with new literary horizons to delve in. However, since I have learned to be bi-lingual in speaking and writing in English and Tagalog, from my school years, I believe it will be a waste of resources if I won't try blogging in Tagalog.

15 December 2011

The Philippines on Antediluvian Crossroads - Final Episode

Notwithstanding the widespread devastation of various weather disturbances attributed to the effects of climate change and inevitable repetition in years to come, the government and the public sector seem indifferent to the gravity of the situation. Although there are some movements coming out intent to do their share in fighting climate change within their immediate vicinity/community, such commendable acts seem isolated. 

What is urgently needed will be a concerted, comprehensive action plan of the government which will marshal the national agencies in cooperation with all LGUs to start the immediate implementation of necessary corrective measures and/or possible engineering interventions particularly those areas hard-hit by the recent typhoons. However, the LGUs are in the best position to determine the areas under their responsibility which need such measures thereby limiting possible damage of any weather disturbance or natural calamities.

10 December 2011

The Philippines on Antediluvian Crossroads?! - Episode Four

Looking back to government's usual fading enthusiasm and short attention span during the past decades, corrective or preventive measures to avoid the repeat of disasters due to man-made or natural causes have not been rigorously pursued. A concrete example is the MV Dona Paz ferry sinking on December 20, 1987, which according to Maritime Disasters Blog can be considered the deadliest ferry disaster and the worst peace-time maritime disaster in history. As narrated by said Blog: "The Dona Paz, a passenger ferry, was en route from Catbalogan City, on Samar Island, Philippines, to Manila when, while it was in the Tablas Strait, between the islands of Mindoro and Tablas, it collided with a small oil tanker, the Vector, which was carrying 8,800 barrels of petroleum products.

5 December 2011

The Philippines on Antediluvian Crossroads!? - Episode Three

Inasmuch as the much vaunted Climate Change Academy of Albay is yet to impose its presence to the consciousness of the public outside the province of Albay, then the national government, thru the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), must enjoin other provincial governments to follow the lead of Albay. As this project is still in the infancy stage, whatever benefits it may accrue the communities under its sphere will take sometime to materialize. 

Thus, most of these LGUs will be on a wait and see mode until such time the Climate Change Academy of Albay will accomplish something beneficial and commendable worthy of emulation. However, considering the widespread destruction wrought by the series of typhoons that ravaged the Philippines in recent years, there should be preventive measures implemented immediately in disaster-prone areas to minimize the loss of lives and property thereat.

2 December 2011

The Philippines on Antediluvian Crossroads?! - Episode Two

President Aquino recently signed Resolution No. 2 approving the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) which is reportedly the first ever government action plan to respond to the challenge of climate change in the next 18 years. Corollary thereto, the office of the President issued a press release stating that President Aquino inaugurated on November 25, 2011 the Climate Change Academy of Albay as part of the government thrust to combat climate change and its ill effects particularly on the economy. 

The Academy, built inside the campus of the Bicol University, aimed to contribute in the national effort to fast track development of climate adaptation capabilities of the country particularly local government units (LGUs). The academy will empower and train LGUs for disaster management, evaluation of climate risk hazards and adaptive capabilities, planning and programming.