OPINION: "Do not say that the Filipino spirit is waterproof."

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Read an opinion article that was published in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda that calls out the unjust class element at work in our national discourse following each calamity and in our failure to provide robust disaster risk prevention programs.

"The National Capital Region weathers its share of disaster, but as a resident of Dasmariñas Village, I wish to take the license to pose a polemic counterfactual. What would our national policy look like if Dasmariñas Village or Forbes Park were the areas destroyed on a yearly basis? Would we cheerfully send each other images of us playing full basketball games in the Forbes Park court in waist-deep water? Would we tell one another that the 'Filipino spirit is waterproof' and fail to invigorate national disaster prevention policies? The Filipino spirit is indeed waterproof, but without the certainty of yearly destruction, disproportionate suffering, entrenched inequality, and government irresponsibility, it could also be far more."

Written by one of Pampubliko's members, this editorial declares: do not say that the Filipino spirit is waterproof. What do you say? Let us know in the comments section below whether you think this issue is really about class. How did the national conversation compare after Tropical Storm Ondoy and after Typhoon Yolanda? Was there a difference in the tone of the discourse when wealthy regions of Manila were terribly affected, as they were during Ondoy?


Nicole CuUnjieng, "Do not say that the Filipino spirit is waterproof," The Manila Times








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