They are doing something.... how exemplary or dismal it may be can only be answered by those who were rescued and aided. To say that the government was not prepared for this kind of calamity is an understatement.
The National, Regional, Provincial and Municipal and City Disaster Coordinating Councils were trained for this! The MDCC teams in my small town in Bulacan were even finalists in the regional rescue exercise competitions. They have the manpower, but don't have the hardware.
It is the common Juan dela Cruz who is both the victim and he rescuer, but it is the big politicians watching at the sidelines who take in the credit after wards.
The disaster could have been minimized if only someone had warned everybody way in advance that the dams had reached critical levels and needs to be drained. The floods could been isolated in some areas only had someone thought of the idea of draining the dam days ahead and in a gradual, manageable rate.
It could have been prevented all together had the government rehabilitated Angat dam 5 years ago. A few days before the Governor of Bulacan and other national government officials inspected Angat dam for possible cracks. There were no cracks, they say. The dam is safe, the people are not.
Even if it were true that last Saturday's rains were the heaviest in the last 40 years, why are we not hearing of extreme flooding in Cavite or Pampanga or Zambales or Nueva Ecija - provinces which were heavily flooded in the previous, weaker typhoons?
It's not the rain, you see... it's the dam water!
Is the government not doing enough? They are doing something, but they're doing it wrong!
Thanks to GMA the network, not the other one.