CANDABA -- Hundreds of houses in Barangay San Agustin in this town were flooded after waters from Pampanga River rose Monday.

Residents in the area have already started preparing their paddled bancas that serve as their only means of transportation during the rainy season.

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"Maputi na ang kaparangan, ibig sabihin may tubig na sa laot. Sa tingin ko bukas papasok na ang tubig sa barrio. Ganito naman lagi ang ginagawa namin, inaayos ang mga bangka upang tiyakin na walang butas at hindi ito papasukin ng tubig," Herman Manalastas, a resident here, said.

He said every household in the barangay has its own banca. Children at a young age are also being taught how to swim for their safety.

"Sa ibang lugar, pag tumaas ang tubig hanggang tuhod, takot na takot na sila. Dito sa amin, umaabot sa labing limang talampakan ang taas ng tubig pero kita mo ang mga bata tuwang tuwang namamangka at naliligo sa tubig baha," Manalastas said.

Recently, a representative of the World Food Program previously cited the resiliency and responsiveness of the Candabeños in times of flooding.

The residents here also said they are willing to help other municipalities or any disaster agency who want to learn more on disaster preparedness as they their experiences could be best shared with them.

They said they have accepted the fact that they cannot escape from it because Candaba is naturally a catch basin. They said they understand that in times of flooding, the only thing they can do is to live in harmony with nature.

"Hindi lang iyan. Isa pang katangian ng mga tao rito, nag-iipon kami ng pagkain tuwing walang baha upang hindi kami magutom. Dagdag pa ang biyayang dulot ng tubig sa aming lugar," Manalastas said.