Typhoon Maring Exposes How Weak Philippines Structures Are
Our family has been heavily affected by the typhoon Maring. At 3:00 am last Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, I am supposed to go to a swimming out of town but only for me to realize that flood is slowly evading the insides of our home. First only on the ankle level, then legs and then up to knees and peaked up to my chest. But our home is just within a small town; Philippines is compose of islands. Tuning into the news in the television, you’ll see a whole lot more unfortunate events than what I’ve experienced. Bodies missing, floods over the head, sick children and … structures giving up to the disaster. The latter, for me, is so unbearable to watch, unacceptable. Not that these failure of structures is the only source of tragic but it could have been better if these structures have helped instead of brought more problems.
PIECES OF STONES
I’m a Civil Engineering student myself and I should be defending why these structures have failed. But then, people are rational and I don’t think it is rational to defend these Engineers (and politicians?) that made these structures.
I believe what we are paying
in tax is enough for us to
create a road that needs not
reconstruction twice a year
According to what I’ve seen in the news, I can name a few of these failure of structures. The road in the Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Tarlac City have a very long scar that is in danger of extending up to the Ninoy Aquino Bridge. The road and bridge have been closed for some time to avoid further damages. Some river walls in Pampanga and Noveleta, Cavite also gave up and has damages too. The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) is probably one of the most seriously damaged in the height of the typhoon. The whole width of the expressway and length of more than a yard settled in the river below from the concrete road down to the foundation.
In the Province of Cavite again, the Tanza Dam got destroyed killing no less than 5 people. However, its not only in Tanza, Cavite but all major dams in the Philippines are pushed to their limits and left many people who’ll be affected if these dams gave in very, very nervous. In Sta. Rosa, Laguna, the road also collapsed along with some walls that could provided the people some shield against the flood. Unfortunately, more than 50 houses were destroyed.
These events extended up to Manila, Philippines’ capital city. It is so unappetizing to see the Lagusnilad, one of the major underpass highway, to be filled with rain water. Espana Avenue, as expected, experienced severe flooding too and a whole lot other streets which, after all these that we’re experiencing typhoons year in & year out, still show no improvement.
There are a lot of explanations as to why these happens. However, there are a lot of explaining to be done, too, why these still happens. Why we don’t have a remedy when we should have had decades ago. We are in a tropical country; meaning, we only have sun & rain that’s why I do not understand why we can’t prevent these flooding and dying and tragedies to happen. I’m telling you, fellow Filipinos, these are the things that can ruin a good government and a slowly climbing economy. Let’s not scare away investors and capitalists. I believe what we are paying in tax is enough for us to create a road that needs not reconstruction twice a year. We don’t need sub-par materials only to give-in on times when we could have used that road to relocate our countrymen in a safer place in times of horror.
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