We might think the government is incompetent but remember, the Filipino people are not! We are very able. We have scientists, journalists etc. who can mobilize to help the country.
Now, let me start here:
1) We need to unite against possible causes of extreme weather disturbance: climate change caused by man's CO2 emission, HAARP antennas, etc. Well, yes, I include HAARP antennas --- many say this is conspiracy theory yet please watch this (from History Channel, this is not the youtube video gone viral): https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=505664216199386. There is scientific explanation, now my call is believe or not, we need not take risks (hey, geologists/physicists, this an opportunity for research --- do not just do hand-waving arguments!!!).
The CO2 contribution of a smoke belching car is very small yet if you collect all CO2 emmissions, this might affect the climate. Same with HAARP, manipulating a small portion of ionosphere might be minuscule but the effect might be devastating (even if the effect is hidden under an invisible cloak). HAARP research has advantages but these scientific benefits are nothing compared with the costs (e.g., homeless people and dead people caused by calamities).
Let's not stop shouting --- countries should be aware of this!!! Philippines should now start to become a green country --- no to air pollution, water pollution and any kind of pollution. If we can, any system that can contribute even a small portion to weather disturbance should be stopped!
2) Most of the damaged areas are near bodies of water (ocean, sea, lake, river, etc.). It is very difficult to relocate houses, very costly. But if given enough support, what is the cost compared to our lives? We need to act now --- build flood control facilities (stop the politics --- i am talking about Laguna Lake). I know in our government, building facilities takes years (10 years or more? haha... well, new Math Building in UPLB is sitll not there, it was planned many years ago), so if this is a problem, at least ordinary people like me should act. If you are economically able, relocate your houses in a place far away from flood prone areas and earthquake faults yet not surrounded by big trees (you know what i mean). Make a plan (talk to your family members), make sure all of you have 99.99% chance to survive (including your cars and house).
Also, most of the houses are not equipped to withstand wrath of the typhoon. It is now a call for the government or to NGOs (not fake NGOs) to craft guidelines on building houses (as well as schools and evacuation centers). Our houses (big or small) should be as strong or stronger than the surviving church of Iglesia ni Cristo!!! Every year we need to inspect buildings including old churches. We need to publish guidelines on where to locate and build houses (i say, guidelines not just public releases --- guidelines that ordinary Filipinos can understand). What should be the minimum standard --- how can i measure if our roof or walls can withstand typhoons and earthquakes?
3) Make all people aware and ready. We always think we are already adapted to this kind of situation --- yes "sanay na tayo". BUT, do not be complacent and mediocre --- a fully adaptable person is the one who's always ready and prepared. "Be a boy scout"!!! Now, how can people be ready if the information is not well organized? This is now a call for the media. Journalists and reporters are doing a good job yet ordinary citizens also have the responsibility to share valuable information. I am thinking of creating a searchable website (not just posting info in FB since posts in FB are temporary in essence) highlighting tips (proven effective - so we should ask help from authorities) on becoming a survivor in a calamity --- tips before, during and after the calamity. Then we can circulate our info to local governments and to households. Well, now is the time for us to give time, effort and expertise! Be significant!
Sharing another post giving some tips: "These calamities will not stop:
Super typhoons will continue to batter us;
Earthquakes will point out new faults;
Volcanoes will reactivate to spew fire:
because the poles are shifting,
the warming of the globe is unabated,
and the sea is rising fast.
If we survive now, tomorrow we may not.
We have to get the people off the coasts.
Build resettlement sites on higher grounds.
Build typhoon and quake resistant
evacuation centers in every municipality
with ready stockpiles of food, water and
other necessary commodities.
Reinforce spring and water sources.
Plant 10 trees for every child born,
Hopefully half of them may survive.
Every 20-50 houses in the barangay or
village neighbourhood shall consist
a volunteer disaster unit with all
household members accounted for;
Yes, every able-bodied household
member in the barangay is a volunteer.
Conduct drills every quarter.
We have to strengthen the bayanihan
because we cannot survive alone.
Simplify needs, minimize wants.
For now let’s grieve but let’s not lose hope. Salutes to the volunteers! Let’s all help. We are all Filipinos. Calling Madame Imelda Romualdez Marcos. Though you are now representing Ilocos Norte, you are badly needed in your own beloved Leyte!" I think this post is from Philip Emmanuel C. Peñaflor.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:3, 4 NIV)