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Tomorrow Will Not Wait (Updated)

September 30, 2009

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The toll from killer storm Ondoy is inexorably rising.
246 dead, over 4o missing and public and private infrastructure damage now being estimated at practically 4.8-B pesos.

The number of the displaced, now huddled in evecuation centers and kind homes is put at 2 million.

As we are grieve with the feeling of despondency gnawing as us, we tell ourselves that this, too shall pass.

But only the foolhardy will do nothing.

Tomorrow will be too late.if we don’t act and wait simply for government.
The situation indeed demands action more than words!

There are many examples of this being manifested.

This was in my mailbox today:

Food, clothing not enough — Joey III

Relief centers distributing food and clothing are not enough. The housing needs of Ondoy’s victims have to be met too, businessman Joey de Venecia III said yesterday.

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“Everyone has the three basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. While there are a growing number of organizations providing food and clothing, we should not forget that their housing needs are just as important,” according to de Venecia.

Most of the victims did not lose their homes since the winds from last Saturday’s storm were not that strong. There was just a lot of water damage. For this reason, de Venecia said cleaning up the homes and communities is just as important.


De Venecia initiated a campaign to help clean up the homes of victims by providing 10 large payloaders, 20 dump trucks, 10 generator sets, 10 water tanks, and 100 pressure washers.

He also gave away 100 shovels, 100 rakes and 200 brooms (walis tingting) for Marikina residents, who were among the worst hit by Ondoy.


De Venecia visited Barangay Sto Nino, Malanday in the Riverside section of the city and helped collect the garbage and waste that threatens to cause the spread of diseases. He also gave away 2,500 food and bottled water packs to the residents.

“The health department has already warned that stagnant pools of water would be breeding grounds for mosquitos that can cause an outbreak of dengue and other diseases. We have to do all we can to prevent this,” de Venecia said at the site.

He called on other businessmen to also provide dump trucks and other cleaning and clearing equipment to the worst-affected areas in Metro Manila.

De Venecia added that the national government and local government units did not have the means to handle the growing problem of mountains of trash accumulating everywhere in the metropolis. The private sector can do its part by helping clean up, he said.

“This has to be done now. Tomorrow will be too late,” said de Venecia.

With the possibility of another storm hitting the Philippines this week, de Venecia said immediate action was necessary. Otherwise, the National Capital Region would be overwhelmed by trash.

De Venecia also reiterated his call for a halt to political attacks on the government’s alleged inability to handle the post-Ondoy situation.
“This is not the time for finger pointing,” he said.

De Venecia said his long experience in the private sector tells him that problems should be addressed before they become insurmountable.

“Remember that old adage, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? It applies to our shared situation. We have to clean up now,” de Venecia said.

Tomorrow will not wait, indeed.

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