1. In support of its breastfeeding priority policy, EO 51 prevents manufacturers and distributors of breast milk substitutes (read: milk) without DOH approval. Makers and distributors requested to donate milk claimed they were prevented from donating milk because the DOH was withholding its approval.
The issue seems to have been resolved with the DOH eventually relenting but a couple of days after Ondoy left.
2. The government of a country with only a wet and dry season could not deploy rescuers while the rains were falling and the streets were flooded as government people are apparently allergic to rains and floods. The alternative view that they are too stupid to act is harder to take.
3. The government of our archipelago - where fishing and ferrying are big - can not find 50 boats to rescue hundreds of thousands of victims. The national government dispatched 49 rubber boats to rescue people.
4. The government of 7,100 islands has a navy with only 13 rubber boats. 13 of the 49 boats rubber boats dispatched by the government were those from the Philippine Navy.
6. Government helicopters can only go on reconnaissance missions, not rescue.
7. We actually have a National Disaster Coordinating Council. [Pause to reflect] Well, maybe to function as spin masters to downplay tragedy, make the government look good and blame everything on climate change. Or meet to discuss what else they can’t do and simply keep tabs on the death toll. Then it makes sense.
8. Some people are really incorrigible liars with the latest evidence being the 2009 SONA when she proclaimed that:
“…international authorities have taken notice that we are safer from environmental degradation and man-made disasters.
As a country in the path of typhoons and in the Pacific Rim of Fire, we must be prepared as the latest technology permits to anticipate natural calamities when that is possible; to extend immediate and effective relief when it is not; the mapping of flood-and-landslide-prone areas is almost complete. Early warning, forecasting and monitoring systems have been improved …
We have worked on flood control infrastructure … which will pump the run off waters from Quezon City and Tondo flooding Sampaloc. This will help relieve hundreds of hectares in this old city of its age-old woe.”
9. An LGU can reverse the DepEd’s class suspension order. The Taguig LGU allowed Beacon International (Elementary) School to hold classes on Wednesday (Sept 29) contrary to the DepEd’s order applicable to all NCR schools. Either Taguig, the school or its students are apparently beyond DepEd’s jurisdiction.
Hmmm, does this give rise to a new protocol of getting confirmation from an LGU whenever the DepEd suspends classes?
11. While other candidates’ campaigns find no reason to stop. Aquino, Estrada met Sunday night over 2010 polls.
12. Willie Revillame has a helicopter.
13. NDCC Chairman Gilbert Teodoro has ambitions of ruling our country.
14. If we elect the same mayors, governors, congressmen, and other leaders based on popularity than actual public deeds and foresight, we’ll continue getting what we vote for: Incompetent service.