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Submitted by Mark Jester Cuyno on

Climate change in the Philippines is a social, national and internal issue. I remember back in 1999 when I was the elementary pupil here in Antipolo Rizal in a central part of Luzon when the Cherry Hills Subdivision Landslide happened. Ten years later we experienced Ondoy and saw how devastated Cainta and Marikina had been. I want to narrate my observations regarding Climate change because even if the hazardous effects of Earth’s degradation has already been evident up to extent that reporters flashed dead bodies on trees swept after Marikina River flooding, some of our countrymen still refuse to believe in the concept of climate change and that they can participate in earth’s preservation.

From what I can recall Cherry Hills Subdivision is a mile drive from our Village. NOAH (1999), a program by the Department of Science and Technology, said that Cherry Hill tragedy happened because of sedimentary rock breakage due to 3 days of raining because of Typhoon Ising, causing hill Erosion congruent to Binangonan Fault.

We went there with my aunt and cousins only to find cracked asphalt roads and ruined houses. I still remember few villagers shouting because their TV was being stolen. And there I saw former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who was a senator by that time.

By 2009, we saw the strength of Typhoon Katrina or Ondoy. Noah described that the Typhoon delivered severe rainfall for a whole day so Marikina River flooded and killed up to 465 people from the Metro and a 10.9 billion damage loss (Noah, 2009).

My younger sister was a College student that time and our former church at Cainta, Rizal submerged by at least 4 feet. Some of our friends also used the Social Media hubs to update that they got stranded at LRT Santolan Station by 8:00 a.m.

Climate change is one of the primary factors that intensify Typhoon Katrina and slides that Rocky hill of Binangonan. I used personal experience to analyze the consequences of Earth’s degradation because of pollutions as a byproduct of both industrialization and urbanization of the Philippines.

On the other hand, the Philippine Society is not absolutely convinced that our daily lifestyle contributes to climate change. I remember going to Baguio last 2015. We were listening to a radio station that reports how big companies around Metro Manila turned off their lights to join the Earth hour. However, they also reported that not all cities in NCR join the campaign. And I also observe that diesel gas still dominates Transport Vehicles that results to Smoke belching. With these observations, I can say that the Philippine Society has not yet realized the weight of Climate change.