Posts Tagged ‘Typhoon Sendong’

PostHeaderIcon Going back to square one after Typhoon Sendong

A dear family friend of ours gave us a flat T.V. after we just transferred from our house which was partially destroyed by flood last year. We transferred to our ancestral home and have to buy new things like cabinets, chairs, beds and a new computer for the kids. Honestly, it’s going back to square one as we have to buy again new appliances and furniture we lost during that tragedy. All the things we had for the past 16 years were destroyed.

But we are still thankful for God’s gift of life to all of us. We just look forward to having our dream house (we sighted a better location) and be able to buy the things we need. Part of my work in the ministry is to teach worship and we considered to buy an audio rack for all my music compilations. This would also be a wonderful gift to my family since we all like music!

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Event abstract of SENDONG  FORUM on January 31..  Thanks to Kristine R. Ravanera for information.

The tragedy brought by tropical cyclone Sendong (Washi) shocked the world. 1,257 were confirmed dead with more than a thousand are reported missing and feared dead. In Cagayan de Oro alone 615 have been confirmed dead, 555 missing and at least 225 injured. 5,801 houses have been totally damaged with 12,635 houses partially damaged.

So severe was the impact of Sendong that it may be summed as environmental degradation + climate change + bad governance – effective and functional disaster risk reduction.

This forum shall tackle the human aspects of the tragedy by looking back at historical antecedents, the early warnings, calls for early response and would try to synthesize a tangible course of action that aims at addressing the issues of environmental degradation brought by logging, mining, unsustainable agriculture, solid waste mismanagement, bad urban planning, lack of transparent and accountable governance to increasing people’s capacity to adapt to climate change and increased resiliency to disaster.

Environmentalist and natural resource management expert Raoul Geollegue, would explain the factual basis of dire warnings as early as 20 years ago about the possibility of a flooding tragedy akin to the one that struck Ormoc City in November 1991.

Environmentalist Orlando R. Ravanera would share the historic struggle of the environmental watchdog Task Force Macajalar to stop logging, mining and a host of environment issues in Cagayan de Oro City.

Journalist and environment campaigner BenCyrus G. Ellorin will try to analyze “why what happened happened?” from the point of view of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and general governance issues.

Climate change campaigner Red Constantino of the Institute of Climate and Sustainable Cities would discuss climate change realities, the need for climate change adaptation finance that addresses climate justice and the imperative of the passage of the Philippine Survival Fund.

We invite everyone to join us as we deepen our knowledge and take action on the environmental issues exposed in the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong.

PostHeaderIcon CDO Memorial Wall

Please join us as we build a lasting tribute to those who lost their lives when TS Sendong rampage our city-cagayan de oro. TABANG CDO: MEMORIAL WALL.

PostHeaderIcon God is in the business of making something new

2011 left us trouble, tragedy, disaster and deluge. The horrible memories of Sendong Typhoon and flash flood will continue to haunt us Kagay-anons. It’s bitter taste will surely make life harder…. but still will we trust that something beautiful and great will come this 2012.

God is in the business of making something new.. of restoring what was lost. We can believe that a new year is coming to usher the reign of peace , joy and prosperity. Since God is with us, the mourning that we have experienced will turn into morning glory of the Kingdom. With these thoughts, I can truly say, We have a blessed New Year!

PostHeaderIcon We have been warned of Cagayan de Oro City river’s fury

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The city government under Emano, in power for the last 13 years, has much to answer for.

It will have to account for the death of more than 1,000 people, the disappearance of more than 1,000 others who may have been washed out to sea, perhaps never to be found by their grieving families, and the displacement of more than 10,000 families.

And it will have to answer for the dumping of the unclaimed bodies in the city’s garbage dump—an unconscionable act that is the height of insensitivity.

No one in Cagayan de Oro is without friends and family who perished. My family was spared, but I will now live with the memory of so many friends who did not survive the devastation.

I will remember the Yrastorza family—Joaquin, Maria Sagrario (Mercader), and their daughter Tish, who died embracing one another. I will remember my cousin Joann Dingcong, who never made it to the rooftop of her own house in Emily Homes. But where could she have gone? All the rooftops in that subdivision were underwater in seconds.

I will remember Nieves Pacana Arcadio, the daughter of a former Cagayan de Oro mayor. She never made it because she could not fit in an overhead window that her niece Jana had broken as their escape hatch after the floodwaters reached for their ceiling.

I will remember little Mica Samson. Her mother’s body has been found but Mica remains missing. Her grandmother, who loved her so much and took her to school each day, will forever be in grief.

And so will countless nameless others.

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