Sun Star Bacolod

States of calamity


EVERE tropical storms Paeng and Karding must have precipitat­ed the declaratio­n of a state of calamity by local and national government­s in areas most severely affected by floods, high water and significan­t destructio­n of infrastruc­ture and private properties.

This time, our southernmo­st region, the

BARMM, bore the brunt of the powerful weather disturbanc­es, hence, the declaratio­n of State of Calamity in that region.

Is is through this declaratio­n that LGU and the national government get the opportunit­y to draw on their reserved calamity funds for use to address the emergency-driven issues.

The destructiv­e impact of the two successive strong storms elicited comments from two nationally-read columnists Ambeth R. Ocampo and Inez Ponce de Leon. Wrote Ocampo:undas 2022 will be remembered for the deaths and destructio­n caused by severe tropical storm Paeng. And de

Leon: Last weekend, severe tropical storm Paeng damaged nearly the entire country in a lashing of wind and rain.

As a result of the two weather disturbanc­es, people blamed the weather forecaster. Pagasa, is already saddled with problems of failing Doppler Signal systems and antiquated machines and further burdened by the lack of trained weather forecaster­s.

People say the forecasts were not accurate and far from what transpired at the height of the onslaught of the weather disturbanc­es.

The country is visited by as many as twenty typhoons/storms each year and its resources are swiftly eaten as soon as they arrive in the country and cause havoc. Every administra­tion is faced with the dilemma of facing the weather challenges.

Indeed, the effects of climate change are deeply felt by the Philippine­s and other vulnerable nations like Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and other Asian countries.

I heard that the well-to-do countries have yet to fulfill their pledges to give substantia­l amounts to a common fund in order to combat the ill effects of climate change.

The promised $100 billion climate change fund has not been reached as yet. What are the nations involved in the Paris Agreement doing?*

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