The Philippines’ capital was hit by a typhoon. Power across much of Luzon was taken out. It is a startling reminder of how fragile this digital life is. This is mild compared to the Typhoon that was Ondoy.
It is also a startling reminder of the things the country needs, but sorely lacking. For instance, improving weather tracking by PAG-ASA. As a nation we surely can’t blame them for spotty reports when during the past administration the need for Doppler radar was mentioned everytime the metropolis goes under water but where is it now?
There have been myriad senate hearings and certainly the weather bureau and everyone knows what needs to get done. Yes, funding is a problem and there are myriad concerns as the nation runs under a deficit. Surely damage in property and lives lost due to storms would be reduced somewhat with an investment in the right kind of equipment and the right kind of people.
The Metro Manila’s skyline is clean, thanks to Basyang. Children have no school and they must be happy. Back in the day I would be too. This is the first storm that Aquino has faced.
Little is expected in how he reacts to it. He is after all only weeks into the job, but it is with hope this is a startling reminder of yet another thing on the to do list. One can argue that without proper funding, it would take time.
A few hundred million invested in weather tracking and forecasting as well as fixing the problems of Manila’s international airport would be a proactive way to deal with the problem that I would hope would at least be on the to do list and hopefully at the top ten things. And yes, there are a million other things that need to get done. Doctors call it triage. For Aquino’s government, I hope they learn how to triage.