Maria Esmeralda Macaspac, executive director of Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC), said little Ondoy’s persistent silence could be his coping mechanism. It would be difficult to determine the extent of the disaster’s impact on the child because he does not even talk yet, she said.
CRC is a non-governmental organization that promotes children’s rights and provides assistance to displaced children.
It is also possible that little Ondoy was able to recover from the trauma of the floods because of the love and care he is getting from the Concepcion Uno community, Macaspac said.
However, she warned the boy’s temporary caregivers not to put down their guard, because something could trigger the effects of the trauma anytime.
For Reference Ms. Sophia Garduce, spokesperson (0928-5089104)
10 October 2009
To avert future disasters
“IMPLEMENT TOTAL LOG BAN, REPEAL THE MINING ACT 0F 1995” CHILD RIGHTS ADVOCATES CALL
With the recent events unfolding in the Philippines, particularly the onslaught of catastrophic typhoons “Ondoy” (Ketsana) and Pepeng (Parma) devastating whole communities, child rights advocates join the call for a total log ban and the immediate junking of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.
Sophia Garduce, spokesperson of SALINLAHI Alliance for Children’s Concerns, noted that “typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng victimized hundreds of thousands of children within a span of 15 days, a situation that could have very well been prevented if we had a government that cares both for its people and the environment.”
The group said that it is erroneous and misleading to put the blame solely on the urban settlers for the floods that submerged many parts of Luzon. “The Arroyo administration needs to go beyond saying “sorry” for not implementing a comprehensive plan on solid waste management and for not allocating resources for an adequate housing program. Moreover, it has guiltlessly opened up the natural resources of the country to massive abuse by big foreign corporations who denuded our forest reserves through highly mechanized loggings, put big numbers of communities at risk of sudden flooding by spill offs of mega-dams, and almost depleted our mineral resources through open pit mining. Saying sorry a million times over will not bring back the lives of children who died in the aftermath of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng,” said Garduce.
Likewise, Salinlahi also criticized the “Balik Probinsya” solution of the Arroyo government for the urban settlers who are displaced by the flood. “This solution is based on the premise that the people are safer in the provinces compared with their current settlements. The same disaster is now happening in the provinces, particularly in Northern Luzon precisely because the problem of depleted and rampant abuse of natural resources remains unaddressed,” Garduce said
“We Call on the congress to immediately repeal the Mining Act of 1995 and to pass a total log ban on highly commercialized and mechanized logging,’’ Garduce said. The group also calls on the congress to immediately abandon CHA-CHA as it is synonymous with opening up Philippine resources to 100% percent foreign ownership and further ravaging of natural resources. “Let us stand up for our children’s future and prevent a continuing disaster that is the Arroyo administration’s anti-people and anti-environment policies,” ended Garduce. ####
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