A NASA Expedition 34 crew member aboard the
International  Space Station captured this
image of Typhoon Pablo on December 2, 2012.
 NASA Johnson Space Center photo
   I was in Davao City when typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha) hit the island of Mindanao. Luckily, I was in a close-type environment so I didn't felt the power of the storm. That time I didn't have a TV to look at, radio to listen and internet to get the latest updates. Even cellphone signal has lost temporarily due to the typhoon. I didn't know how strong this typhoon is and what areas are affected. I experienced a news "blackout" for 16 hours.

   When I have the opportunity  to check the net, I saw the aftermath of typhoon Pablo. Many have died , there is a lot of missing, various proprieties and agricultural products are destroyed.

   This incident makes us realize that Mindanao is no longer exempted in typhoons in the Philippines. Unlike before that we (as Mindanaons) are confident that we are safe from it. This notion is starting to wane when typhoon Sendong and recently typhoon Pablo came to the scene.

   We hope our government will put more efforts for their disaster preparedness program. We hope that they are not playing the public with their sweet promises. We demand transparency and accountability for their job whether in foreign aid or giving relief goods. More typhoons will come in the near future, that's why we need to prepare from it. As Confucius said, "Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure."

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