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Arevalo, Arabel Joie G.

Anthro 1 WFW

September 5, 2014

The Truth about Typhoons in Small Islands in the Philippines
The –ber months have finally begun, which just means one thing; December is just
around the corner! While most of us are already thinking about what to get our friends and
family for Christmas or what food to prepare or even where to spend our Christmas, some people
are busy thinking about ways to keep their houses standing still in case a strong storm invades
their province and where to evacuate when water levels get too high. They don’t even get to
think about Christmas without the thought of their roofs being carried away from their houses.
Sometimes, they don’t get to celebrate Christmas at all.
We were asked to attend the IP: Through The Storms forum at the Palma Hall 400 that
talks about the struggles of people living in small islands of the Philippines ravaged by strong
typhoons every year. There were speakers who were conducting a research on the indigenous
peoples living in the small islands and speakers who were actually from one of the small islands
being studied. I had been thinking of attending the forum even though I wouldn’t be able to start
it because my class ended at 2:30 so you could just imagine the joy on my face when we were
told that be watching the forum as our activity for the day.
The first speaker was Ms. Molina who was an alumna of our department. When we got to
PH 400, she was already speaking and I only got to hear the types of disaster onwards. She
discussed the three types of disasters; natural, anthropogenic and a combination of both. It was
enlightening and guilt-strickening to know that Ondoy was caused by both natural and
anthropogenic factors because some people are still blaming others when they should be putting

And since it is an island the chances of tsunamis of are relatively high. we still refuse to take proper measures. It angers me to think that people blame everyone but themselves whenever we face a destructive calamity when we don’t even do our part to prevent it from happening. She told us about how these people barely get notified when a typhoon is about to attack their island because the media can hardly reach them. I was also introduced to the Rapu-Rapu community. even if it was already proposed. 10121 which is entitled Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 and I was very disappointed to find out that it took more than 10 years before it was signed.the blame on themselves because small gestures such as us throwing trashes everywhere and not segregating. these people are observant. For example. Programs about surviving a typhoon or things to do before a typhoon couldn’t be conducted since only a few people know about this island and if they do. Rapu-Rapu is an island in Bicol which is frequently passed by typhoons. only a handful of people do it. with climate change as rampant as ever. they use the behavior of fishes in the water to tell the weather. and yet. The funny thing about this is that humans didn’t believe that climate change existed. when they pile up. it would probably have taken a lot more time. We were taught to segregate and recycle way back when we were in grade school and some barangays even offer programs to inform people how important these two things are. They rely on things around thgem to tell whether a typhoon is coming or not. Weren’t it for the typhoon Ondoy. they lead to a big mess. The fishes are said to be restless during the months of November-February because they . because we didn’t want to believe that we caused the deterioration of our world. She also discussed the Republic Act No. transportation would be hard since it is an island. Even now. Luckily.

But it did teach me a lot of things and opened my mind to some issues that I wasn’t aware of before attending the forum. I didn’t get to finish the whole forum because hunger overcame me. . It made me a lot grateful that I live in the city where different kinds of media are accessible to each person and advanced technologies are ready to help people in time of a calamity. The sting rays are reported to “jump” during the summer when they feel like a rain is coming. during and after a typhoon is also there.find it hard adapting to temperature changes in the water. So. next time we hope for a suspension. Floral forecasting and the movement of winds also help them indicate the weather. The need to help people living in small islands be reached by media and immediate help during a calamity and educate them on what to do before. let’s pause and think about the people who are going to be affected by the typhoon we’re wishing for.