Has resiliency been used as an excuse for government shortcomings?

Bonz Magsambol

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Has resiliency been used as an excuse for government shortcomings?
Bragging about resiliency is not bad at all, but netizens challenge Filipinos to push the government to come up with long-term fixes to flooding

MANILA, Philippines – No doubt, disaster scenarios bring out Filipinos’ resiliency and optimism. 

Typhoons visit the country like clockwork, such that Filipinos have seemingly learned to cope with their adverse impacts with a cheerful disposition. But have we romanticized the notion of resiliency during disasters to the extent of using it to excuse the government’s shortcomings in finding long-term fixes to flooding? (READ: The problem with Filipino resilience)

On August 11, heavy rain poured in Metro Manila and nearby provinces resuling in widespread flooding brought by the southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm Karding (Yagi) as it left the country.  (READ: Monsoon dumps over half of August rainfall in just 1 day

A photo from a local news organization about a man wading through a flooded street in Metro Manila sparked a discussion about resiliency. Do Filipinos need to rethink their concept of resiliency? Netizens thought so. 


Jerome Papa Lucas challenged Filipinos to push the government to come up with a flood control system similar to Japan instead of bragging about resiliency. 


Twitter user #StandWithWorkers shared that resiliency is not a bad concept at all but people might rethink that they developed this concept beacuse of the government’s failure in addressing drainage systems in the country.


Former solicitor general Florin Hilbay shared the same sentiment saying that Filipino spirit is “amazing” but underscored the importance of demanding “real” solution to government and seeking accountability for their failures. 


Here’s what others netizens have to say:


What is your take on the issue? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below! – Rappler.com 


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Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol covers the Philippine Senate for Rappler.