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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
THE damages to the province that came as a result of the floodings brought about the monsoon rains last week are extensive. Pampanga, in fact, tops the list of provinces in the region in terms of damage to crops. With this, the amount needed to rehabilitate the province must also be extensive.
The Department of Public Works and Highways has allotted P840 million for the repair and rehabilitation of the damaged tail dike which brought about the floodings all over the province.
But that amount is only for infrastructure; what about the damages to agriculture, produce? What about the thousands of affected Kapampangans?
The Provincial Government and concerned agencies are doing their part attending to the needs of the flood-stricken in terms of the delivery of relief goods. They are also conducting meetings left and right on the threat of Tropical Storm "Helen." Governor Lilia Pineda has urged those living near the Pampanga River to evacuate to safer ground.
The only question is would the people listen? We hope they would, for the floods are no laughing matter. The province has been through this before; one would wonder why the people would go to the extent of staying in their homes despite the danger.
Pampanga is now in the process of rehabilitation; it could only take so much beating. But Mother Nature is fickle-minded and we have to be ready for any impending danger any time.
There's nothing better at this point in time than to be prepared.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 16, 2012.