Steffie and I were in Monaco when Milenyo hit the Philippines last year. I heard it was really really bad. And now, we were in Hong Kong when Ondoy came to the Philippines and based on all your photos in Facebook, I can see how bad it was. I am figuring that these calamities happen when we are out of the country together, so here's the deal....we decided not to leave the country September next year.
SC and I in Nice.
SC and I in HK.
We saw all the FB status updates and we were really worried about our own families and of course those affected by this terrible flood. So many people have lost their loved ones, homes, pets and belongings. It is too sad for words.
It is good, however, to see the generous and helpful side of those who are blessed to have their families intact and belongings safe. The way people decide to get up and assist those who are down and out. Donations left and right. The grocery is packed with customers buying water, noodles and health products. It is such a great feeling to know that there are people out there who will try to make the lives of those affected a little bit better and easier.
But let's just try to take a step back. Although it is a great thing to be giving away food to the hungry...let's not forget why the flood happened in the first place and try to control this as we go along in helping the needy.
If you plan to give away packed meals, try not to use STYROFOAM.
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After the homeless have eaten and consumed the donations we have given, try to think of a good disposal system for their trash. Without trash cans in the street (for sure they have been swept away), where will they throw their trash? Remember, these are what clogged up our drainage in the first place.
DRAINAGE, paging GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. Instead of painting the cement of the overpass of EDSA to white, which will be dirty after a week or two, why don't you clean up what's INSIDE where it counts, instead of covering up the dirt outside?
Who needs to see the cement in white anyway.
Think Earth Friendly while being Human Friendly!