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wilfrido david ONDOY OPENED our eyes to the stark reality of devastation, where, for once, the rich and poor are affected alike, although not in the same degree. The squatters have their shanties wiped out, the rich only have their floors flooded. The poor practically have nothing to bank on---no food, no money, no one to turn to or rely on except what the government provides, if and whenever it comes. The well-off---they have food in the fridge or freezer or the pantry. They have their driver and their maids to help them save whatever they can, the poor only have themselves and their neighbors. The rich can recover faster with their resources, the poor have lost everything forever---including and specially their acquired "spots" in the squatter community. Not only do the poor have to find (scavenge) for materials to build anew, they will be needing help to survive, usually from the government which takes a long time coming, if ever. The rich, at the very least, can dig deeper into their savings, or apply for a bank loan which they can easily get.

Ondoy dealt the people a heavy hand, and if it is any consolation, think of the earthquake and the following tsunamis in Indonesia and other parts of the world. Katrina wreaked havoc in Louisiana and still, up to now, despite the government agencies providing relief and resources to recover, residents are only slightly better off. After so many years, much has still to be done to restore Louisiana to its former status in the world community.

In the Philippines, the flooded areas in particular, we can only depend on the so-called Pinoy resiliency and the need to rebuild and recover from this great devastation. Government, national or local, can only provide temporary relief. At the end of the day, it is the people who can rise above their lot purely with the stuff they are made off---their wits and their self- determination.

Ondoy, you are the Manny Pacquiao of mother nature. And no thanks to you. And now---Pepeng, a super typhoon (called hurricane over here) comes a-knocking at the door. As I write this, there is news on CNN that Korea, Japan, and Taiwan were devastated as well. If that's any comfort.

[About the author. Wilfrido David first retired as Computer-Analyst from the Ayala Group of Companies. He immigrated to the US in 1985, worked there for another 25 years in the Medical Field (Medical Lab Tech), until he retired for the second time. Sometime ago, he was involved with FAANM (Filipino-American Association of New Mexico) as correspondent-contributor-writer-editor, publisher—all rolled into one. He says about that stint, "I ran out of energy, patience, and money but kept on with my duties until the next set of association officers were voted in." The earliest writing he did was for his high school paper in Holy Angel University. His present writing derives from the perspective of a Filipino expat in the US who faithfully keeps up with what's happening in the home country, as gleaned from his Filipino channels on DirecTV, aside from CNN and HLN.]

-Posted: 8:46 AM 10/5/09 | More of this author on eK!