Data audit of scientist group Agham on DSWD Yolanda Report reveals survivors to be starving, without livelihood and decent housing

While DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman expresses high hopes for the Typhoon Yolanda survivors on its 100th day report, scientist group Agham Advocates of Science and Technology for the People concludes otherwise.

“A close look on the agency’s data reveals an embarrassing, if not outright appalling, response her agency and the BS Aquino regime took towards the disaster,” says Ms. Finesa Cosico, Secretary of General of progressive scientist organization, AGHAM.

The group AGHAM, with Computer Professionals’ Union (CPU) conducted a data audit of the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub, NEDA’s Rehabilitation Assistance for Yolanda and DSWD’s 100th day report to see how the current administration responded to the disaster and if it held its promise of transparency in the use of foreign aid.

The group found the following:

SBMA Chairman putting people and the environment at risk

The dumping of 50,000 MT of nickel ore by an Indonesian Cargo Ship, Pax Phoenix in a vacant lot near Subic Bay should be of major concern to the immediate communities. The ship was docked since August 2013. Almost entirely the whole community are already covered with reddish dusts.

The said ship was forced to dock at the Subic port and asked the permission of the Chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Robert Garcia to unload the nickel ore for drying. The dumping of the nickel ore has the go signal of the SBMA Chairman Robert Garcia explaining that the cargo ship has complete documents issued by the Bureau of Customs.

It seems that the Chairman is in need of basic environmental education to understand the potential threat of nickel when emitted as fugitive dusts to the environment.

On Earthquakes and Typhoons: A Scientific Discussion

A public forum entitled, "On Earthquakes and Typhoons: A Scientific Discussion" was held at UP Diliman, Balay Kalinaw last November 19, 2013 to explain the science behind earthquakes and storm surges and to assess risk mitigation measures based on the recent disasters.

There were two presentations for Typhoon Yolanda. Mr. Bernard Allan Racoma explained the profile of Typhoon Yolanda and Project Noah. National scientist Dr Kelvin Rodolfo presented the typhoon-induced geological hazards associated with the reclamation projects in Manila Bay.


Holes in disaster management

A few hours after Super Typhoon Yolanda entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility, Project NOAH and our weather agencies have already been predicting the intensity and size of the typhoon. As it neared landfall, local and foreign meteorological agencies and news sources started warning us about the intensity and scale of the storm.
Super Typhoon Yolanda broke records not only as one of the largest typhoons but also as the worst typhoon disaster in the world.

Giovanni Tapang, Ph.D.
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