Residents of Ilocos Region and Cordillera Administrative Region prepared for the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong as the strongest typhoon in the country this year will affect the mentioned regions the most. As expected, the typhoon brought heavy rains and strong winds, causing some landslide and flooding incidents.
The storm caused some nature and infrastructure damage in the Ilocos Region and the Cordillera Administrative Region and it can be visibly seen in a video captured by a certain Gladys Vergara, a resident in Baguio City.
The video, which went viral after it garnered more than 144,000 views on Facebook in just 13 hours, shows the ravage of Ompong as a house was damaged by a flood. The house looked like waterfalls as the flood water are coming out of the windows.
The house was located in Imelda Village, Baguio City.
Netizens on social media blamed the ongoing urbanization and pluralisation of mining activities in Baguio City without preserving the city’s precious trees.
“Isa lang dapat sisihin kung bakit binabaha tayo kasi hinahayaan naten mga negosyante mag quarry, mining, legal at illegal logging at mga nagtatayo ng mga subdivision at malls..kahoy na galing sa puno buhangin na galing sa mga ilog mga bato at mineral sa galing sa mga minahan at bundok… pati mga sakahin ginagawang subdivision kaya wala nang lupa para taniman ng palay..dami subdivision at mga malls sa bulacan cavite baguio at kung saan saan lugar… wala pakialam mg mayor at mga city engineer..walang silbi basta kikita sila cge lang approve mga proyekto ng mga negosyante very good kayo..kayo ang corrupt di lang national government…ingat po sa mga taga baguio,” Nini Colas said.
Some netizens also pointed out the house’s location was vulnerable to natural disaster.
“Ang pagka alam ko kung saan lulusot ang tubig ay yan dw talga ang daanan sa noon ng tubig dahil ang tubig ay dadaan talaga sa daanan nya just saying,” Nisa Manabat said.
“Pati kasi sa gilid ng ilog, nagpatayo ng bahay,, dapat na daanan ng tubig, naharangan tuloy!” Gamalier Aquino Agustin said.
There are also some netizens who suggested for the rehabilitation of the city just like what the government did to Boracay Island.
“OMG BAGUIO CITY, dami kasing pinuputol na puno for new hotels and establishments.. Kaya eto ang nangyari Bundok na binabaha PA… Dapat I rehabilitate nadin ito like BORACAY, CLOSE MUNA SA PUBLIC,” Jaden San Miguel said.
Ompong has already left the Philippine Area of Responsibility Saturday night as it heads towards West Philippine Sea.