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Typhoon out, ‘disaster administration’ still in

There are reports that structures built under the Aquino administration’s “Build Back Better” rehabilitation and rebuilding program for the “Yolanda” survivors and -ravaged areas in Eastern Visayas were destroyed by Typhoon “Ruby.” There should be a thorough investigation into these reports.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Darkness into light

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There are so many things to write about, and maybe even more things not to write about. Writing an opinion is not about reporting the news, it is about reporting one’s view. An opinion write can be very selective about what to give an opinion of, largely based on what experience and expertise he or she may have. News reporting is quite demanding in variety, objectivity, and deadlines.

Posted: November 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

For the greater good

With “Yolanda” in 2013 and, earlier, “Ondoy,” “Sendong,” “Pablo” and other frightening storms, disaster preparedness is now an indispensable part of the Philippine handbook of survival. And with climate change an official reality, with world powers America and China agreeing to cut greenhouse gas emissions, disaster preparedness now ranks among the top priorities of any nation, big or small.

Posted: November 16th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Less than 1%

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To read a news report that only 142 units of permanent homes have been done after almost one year from Yolanda’s destruction is truly saddening. It is also shocking.

Posted: October 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Elephant in the room

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The silver lining is that “Mario” wasn’t as bad as “Ondoy.” Unnerving as the sight of Metro Manila turned into “Waterworld” was—you could see that in stark relief in aerial photos—Mario dumped only half as much rainwater as Ondoy. Although tell that to the residents of Marikina and Cainta, many of whom were driven out of their homes when the floodwaters rose. Marikina River in particular rose to 20 meters high and overflowed its banks, forcing residents to flee to higher ground.

Posted: September 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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