Category Archives: Typhoon Ondoy

A DAtE to Fight Climate Change

A year ago, this blog posted about volunteering, disaster response, donations, among others, when typhoon Ondoy (International code name: Ketsana) flooded Metro Manila and nearby provinces on September 26. With almost 500 deaths and billions lost became the inspiration for the United Architects of the Philippines, the Climate Change Commission, the City of Taguig and the MyShelter Foundation to go beyond the traditional way of repairing after the storm, but building better habitat braced for a cycle of climate challenges.

Climate change is happening more rapidly than expected. As in many developing countries in the tropics, the Philippines’ poorest are already directly hit and they are the first ones feeling the impact yet least able to adapt.

The Philippines is consistently on the top ten on the Climate Index Risk as having the most deaths and property damage. Therefore, more and more there is a need to reorient the focus from Low Carbon initiatives, and look to a vision of Zero Climate Casualty initiatives.

It takes only seconds to destroy what takes years to build. Help reduce the painful cycle of environment destruction and post-disaster reconstruction through design. The best donation to a country at risk to the effects of climate change is not just financial aid, but ideas. This year’s challenge is to prepare communities before the next disaster.

Design Against the Elements (DAtE) is global design competition to look for new blueprints from the best architects from around the world for urban solution for communities already being hit by the early manifestations of climate change. Through this project it would be a way to bridge the movement of new ideas on how to build resiliency through the use of design and architecture which can lessen the impact of the yearly expected flooding and drought which cause massive migrations of low income urban sectors.


The winning design will be built in the prototype community for displaced teachers in Taguig City, Philippines.

There are currently 74 professional architects registered as of present for category 1 and another 110 for student entries from around the world. Easily one of the most participated design competitions in Philippine history.

The registration to this competition is extended to October 15, 2010.

For more info about the DAtE Competition, please log on to designagainsttheelements website.

The short introduction of this project is on youtube .

Inventory of Missing Persons: Single-manned Command Post

This one I took from disc e-group. Anyone who has missing loved ones may coordinate with this person.

If anyone of you know anyone missing from the tragedy that happened last weekend, you can send me their details to include their names and addresses. Starting tomorrow, booths will be put up in the said areas, [however], logistics are still being arranged to determine the people who are now safe.

Since there is still no electricity in these areas, getting the names will be manual and a little tougher so we all need to be patient. Our objective is to have a semblance of an inventory of the people who are safe, and cross check them with the names of the people still deemed missing.

Please do not hesitate to send me their details, just keep them coming. Send this to your friends and relatives as well. Given that I am not yet capable to go out and help, this is all I can do from my single-manned command post.

Thank you.

Contact Details

Pia Francesca Suganob
MP: 0918-9670527
E-mail: ondoy.missing.persons@gmail.com

Storm “Ondoy” Aftermath

I’ve seen on TV some people who’ve lost loved ones from the floods. There are still plenty out there stuck in their rooftops including our friends in the arena of running. Some areas are still flooded, without power, and without potable water to drink. Hope you’re all safe and sound right now with your loved ones.

September 26, Saturday, will always be remembered as it was the time when text messages were circulating that New Balance will be postponed due to flooding in many areas of Metro Manila and the incessant rains brought by Storm Ondoy.

I was not exempted from packing my things. The sudden sudden rise of water caused by heavy downpours made me panicked a bit. However we were spared. Our place was not flooded. With aching body (results of carrying stuff to and fro) I went out early on Sunday morning, to check the area near my place and saw some streets still flooded. I wanted to buy bread but saw that the nearest bakery was still closed. And I was not surprised as electricity was only restored just a couple of hours then. While waiting, I saw a guy who after smoking just threw the cigarette butt on the street unmindful of the street sweeper who recently cleaned the area. It was an example how careless and irresponsible one can be. What happened last Saturday was a reminder of Mother Nature to us that each has a responsibility to dispose of our trash properly. Whatever we give to Mother Nature, it will come come back to us. It was indeed a natural disaster, a man-made disaster.

When do we learn from our mistakes?