Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ondoy and Pepeng didn't kill people, complacency and lack of disaster preparedness did

The idea of suing government officials for the disaster that happened when Typhoon Ondoy and Typhoon Pepeng ravaged Luzon is a typical knee jerk reaction that will solve nothing.  Next year, if such a case is actually filed and progresses through our court system which Sen. Noynoy Aquino promises to fix, we will still have more or less the same number of casualties, property damage, and loss of investments.

I'm all for holding government officials accountable, especially if there is actual proof of their wrong doing.  Suing them will probably serve as a warning to others not to do as they did and even if the suit doesn't lead to a speedy resolution, it will keep other government officials on their toes.

And, perhaps, while were at it, we might as well heap all the blame on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

But it won't give us accurate weather prediction systems, flood monitoring and control systems, an infrastructure/urban growth plan that takes into account climate change, the implementation of better engineering standards,  an agricultural development plan that is in tune with seasonal weather patterns, and a whole gamut of other changes that will enable us to adapt to more destructive weather cycles.

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