The Philippines Should Change Its Name to “Bahana Republic”

About a year after the Aquino Administration hailed the “Habagat” floods as not being as bad as the Ondoy floods during the Arroyo Administration, the severe flooding that happened all over Metro Manila last night and today shows that the Do Nothing government has done what was expected of it. Nothing.

Photo from Dennis Datu on Facebook. South Super Highway near Buendia (Sen Gil Puyat).
Photo from Dennis Datu on Facebook. South Super Highway near Buendia (Sen Gil Puyat).

Sure, Habagat was not as bad as Ondoy perhaps in the same sense that having your belongings soaked in creeping floods is better than your stuff being swept away by a raging current.

Over in Marikina City, almost everybody living near the river (in my case, Provident Village), everybody stayed up till the wee hours of the morning hauling stuff to their second floors and packing things in plastic boxes just in case.   I spent a few hours looking at Marikina River on top of the dike at Riverside drive and keeping an eye on @MarikinaPIO, which is the official twitter account of the Marikina Public Information Office.

It wasn’t until four hours ago or 3AM that the water level of the river started subsiding after reaching 16 meters.

At this point, I have pretty much the feeling that in order to weasel out of any blame for not doing enough to prevent another flooding, the Aquino Administration is going to try and sell the idea that the rains were of an unusually heavy and widespread character — laying the ground work for saying that it’s helpless against ‘acts of nature’.

In June this year, the DPWH announced that it would complete flood mitigation programs between July and September.  Over in the senate, Administration Ally Ralph Recto questioned the effectiveness of a proposed Metro Manila flood control program.

But so far, all in all, it’s been a lot of talk and certainly no improvement at a time when the entire Aquino Administration is awash in talks of massive corruption arising from pork barrel misuse.

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Post Author: Paul Farol

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Gogs
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How can that be a comparison when all storms are not equal? The one during Noynoy ‘s time was not even a typhoon hence no real name . Ondoy was just something else. Rain coming down horizontally , factories suffering permanent dsmage. Any chance to chest beat for a guy who has zero accomplishments.

Arghelanne
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Hi,
I am new follower of this website. But my take on this is, It is not the government who have the sole responsibility in preventing such “act of nature” or flooding.

Peace Walker
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You have a point, the people too have a hand. But the government is the ones with the resources, and yet this still happens on a frequent basis. If any, government activity has mostly been talk. Dick Gordon’s election ads put it best:

No
Government
Action
No
Government
Activity
= N.G.A.N.G.A.

Resource mismanagement on the top level is not helping a single bit. On the bottom level, waste management in the household scale is still bad. Some civilians still prefer to dispose of waste improperly, leading to dysfunctional drainage, which causes floods. It’s mostly they don’t know how, or they don’t bother.

But that’s my take.

Arghelanne
Guest

Yes,I agree that the government has to do something in preventing such. We can also see that there are minimal “panakip butas” projects that the government are up to. But I am also seeing a lot of filipinos who tend to just leave their litters on the streets. Recently I also heard that Pedicab drivers are blocking the water drainage to create flood in order for them to get passengers. So this small things that we can correct Can be of a great help. 🙂

Amir Al Bahr
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Not just Bahana Republic, Paul. Bahalana Republic, too 😀

Johnny Derp
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3 years and this government still hasn’t put up a visible flood control project.
The cancellation of the previous administration’s flood control certainly backfired in noynoy’s face since we are still suffering from frequent flooding.
Lack of government action certainly doesn’t help Mr. Aquino’s real performance rating(SWS and Pulse Asia surveys lack credibility) in the eyes of the filipino people.

libertas
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megan young crowned miss seaworld philippines 2013

eachhisown
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It’s not only that the government and politicians must rectify the flood prevention infrastructures of the already areas but also must equip the LGUs with necessary equipment to meet emergencies. Since over three decades this cycle keeps on repeating and the usual justification of the government is “lack of budget”. Now the obvious rotting garbage that some senators, congressmen and local government officials is already floating up in the P10 billion Napoles scam. It will not be surprising that government officials will still keep on using the same alibi despite of the scandal. They have no shame to say the… Read more »
Goody Brown
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Poor country with inept president. I mentioned about 3 years ago that the biggest problem has not been fix yet by the Aquino administration -The flooding in the urban cities in Luzon. Noynoy Aquino has no leadership skills, he cannot solve the problem at once. As you notice he will let the issue subside without having a solution until it fades from Filipino people’s mind. Mind you, after few months later, these flooding problem, pork barrel scam, Lucio Tan’s corruption of funds from the poor community projects, Loren Legarda’s questionable assets etc..will become like a distant outer-space memory. SAD COUNTRY!… Read more »
Lord Chimera
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Our poor nation is governed by the Idiototracy…..heaven help us all.

earlyriser
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We are being raped by our own countrymen who disguise themselves as our lawmakers/leaders..so sad..those funds could go a long way in improving the flood control in the metropolis and improving the lot of the less fortunate, ung totoong tulong ha..noynoy should shape up or be ship out!!

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[…] It is easy to surmise that the better of us are high and dry in their air-conditioned rooms overlooking the submerged neighborhoods where they do not live. They probably have the means to go grocery shopping with the kids and their yayas and bodyguards in their gas guzzling convoy of SUVs. They casually walk up to the VIP lanes in checkout counter paying for their carts loads not by cash nor by credit card, but by personal check! I’ve personally witnessed a former actress turned congresswoman (married to an actor turned senator) do this impressive stunt in plain sight… Read more »
mcalleyboy
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I remember there was talk of dredging Laguna de Bay and keeping the dredging boat in operation full-time once the lake was made much deeper in many area’s…the cost I think was 27 million, peso’s. I feel this would be a great start and with more dredging this lake could hold much larger fish and more fish. Second issue would be that every municipality would have their own garbage truck working full-time and garbage disposed of properly, is that to far-fetched and wrong, my back yard is full of diapers, I clean and burn as best I can and the… Read more »
NeoGeo
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It’ll take more than just garbage trucks and trash cans to make the Filipino society start to pick up after itself. Filipino culture has a wretched fascination with the strange act of soiling their own land and then beating their chests like crazy about how proud they are of the Philippines.

Geery
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@NAT G., That there is truly IDIOTIC, OMG!

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[…] It looks like the there is something to be done with Manila. My final question is: Are you contented of the Philippines being the Sick Man of Asia? We are responsible for this calamity due to our incompetence to let the oligarchs including the fucking CBCP control the fate of this country. Get Real Philippines is quite right, we need to change our name to “Bahalana Republic”. […]

kano
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As a foreigner living over 10 years at a low income area of Manila, seeing and feeling all the natural disasters in person, let me tell you another version. No matter what your government will do, this situation will never become better. For one and only reason. The Filipino citizen. Each and every one for their own. They will do something for the common good only if it serves their own good, if not they will do nothing despite if their fellow neighbor will get drawn. I can write an entire essay on it but since Filipinos read that, you… Read more »
Jaco
Guest

It all seems to come down to one sad reality. The priviledged/high-society class of the country simply do not care about the average filipino. The selfishness and sense of entitlement is disgusting.

Nick Tambolero
Guest

Bahalana Republic na lang, nandun na lahat ng kahulugan. Or gawin na lng tayong sub-province ng Bahamas Republic.

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