I heard from the radio that Pangasinan was ravaged by flood waters. There are a lot of dead and missing people. In La Trinidad, Benguet, 100 died from landslides. In some parts of Cagayan and Tarlac, there are flooded areas, too. There are many cadavers floating in the waters but I am not sure where. And many more stories.
Rescue is very difficult for motor boats and rubber boats because of the strong currents of the ravaging flood waters. A local official is pleading from private citizens to offer their helicopters to be used in the rescue. The Philippine government does not have enough air vehicles for the rescue?
There is no effective urban planning in localities someone said. People, including officials, just helplessly wait for the catastrophe to come because there are really no concrete plans and projects to prevent this much damage from typhoons the localities are experiencing. Where is all the money, the funds? Then add the fact that the mountains are already made bald by the notorious illegal loggers. Where is political will?
Workers rushed to the Personnel section (HRD for some); those who want to withdraw their application for SSS and Pag-ibig calamity loans. They thought it was the same arrangement as before where separate calamity loans are allotted for the affected people or for the victims. At present, there are no separate calamity loans. When one decides to loan because he is affected, he will get not the whole 80% of his contribution but only the remaining money from the current salary loan that he has. He is lucky if he does not have a current salary loan.