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The Planners and Decission Makers after a Disaster


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By: Elena Grace Flores

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US Navy 080627-N-0640K-578 Service members assigned to the Philippine Army load an SH-60 Seahawk assigned to the (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Philippines is now becoming a calamity-prone country – after series of devastation just happened recently. For sure, like any other governments, the Philippine government also has a comprehensive plan like this one from the United Kingdom for disaster response:

Emergency planning and preparedness: exercises and training

By: www.gov.uk

The government aims to ensure all organisations are fully prepared for all types of emergencies.

Integral to that is the practising and testing of all the elements of emergency plans. This guide outlines what we mean by exercising, describes different types of exercise, and outlines the exercising which takes place at all levels of government. https://www.gov.uk/emergency-planning-and-preparedness-exercises-and-training



Based on the performance of the government after super typhoon Yolanda, all government agencies are working hard to the brink of breaking down – but the efforts were not felt by many. Why? The devastation was just too much to handle without proper equipment, manpower and strategy. The actions done did not come from an intelligent panel of planners – because they move without thinking in tackling the disaster aftermath. Lots of donations arrive but they are easily hindered by obstructions because they do not have powerful vehicles. Time is of the essence and further delay means lost of lives! Can this be tolerated by Filipinos?


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Not Much Evidence that Aids for Tacloban are Getting In


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By: Elena Grace Flores

Haiyan relief [Image 6 of 14]
Haiyan relief [Image 6 of 14] (Photo credit: DVIDSHUB)

Tacloban aids are pouring in from around the world but there’s not much evidence that they are received by the the victims. This is an additional grief for the the country. People are getting discouraged from the public system. One can’t imagine why their loved ones are still not eating after few days of abundant donations. Read and watch videos from this link:

Aid operations pick up pace in Philippines

By: http://www.cbsnews.com 

TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES Relief operations in this typhoon-devastated region of the Philippines picked up pace Wednesday, but still only minimal amounts of water, food and medical supplies were making it to the hardest-hit areas. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57611886/philippines-typhoon-aid-arrives-but-few-in-hard-hit-region-are-getting-it/



No one can control the natural disaster but, sufferings can be alleviated if there’s genuine love for public service. Criticisms to the government may be unfounded but why can’t they facilitate relief efforts faster than the others when they should know their country better? Let’s help in our own little way – and perhaps we can influence the ones in authority!


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Handling Employees who Took a Leave without Notice


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By: Elena Grace Flores

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AWOL Helps our Enemies – NARA – 534638 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Managing people is a tough job. Aside from dealing with individual personalities, you can be punished by the court if you dealt with them illegally. So, might as well be guided with the labor law concerning this matter. This article is definitely worth reading:

Can we sack an employee who has gone AWOL?

By: http://www.rhhr.com

The driving question a lot of employers have to ask from time to time is: “can we sack someone who has gone absent without leave (AWOL)?”  The basic answer is “Yes”, but not immediately. Before you do so you’ll need to take certain steps as there might be a good reason why they’re absent without prior permission.  http://www.rhhr.com/2/can-we-sack-employee-who-has-gone-awol



Showing concern and documenting the steps made are crucial in dismissing or firing an employee who have gone AWOL temporarily or permanently. The staff in question should know his or her rights and must have the chance to explain his or her side of the story. Never fire someone drastically without due process despite any wrong doing – because the tide can go against you!

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Grandchildren are more Loved by Grand Parents?


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By: Elena Grace Flores

English: A photo of H.R. Janardhana Iyengar wi...
English: A photo of H.R. Janardhana Iyengar with his wife, daughter and grandchildren – in the late 1970s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a classic belief but is this true?: Do Grandparents Love Their Grandchildren More Than Their Own Children? It is answered directly in this forum but although there were few comments, they quite did not agree with each other. So, it’s time to hear your view to see if mixed opinions did not change up to this time. Write your comments here:

Do Grandparents Love Their Grandchildren More Than Their Own Children?

By: Ryan J

No, but they are not raising them. they are not having to deal with money issues and pressures of raising children.
therefore they can be more relaxed and enjoy them to the fullest without any stress….
grandchildren are an extension of their own children, how could you love them more…http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100210092624AA6SBuK



Grandparents are more enthusiastic to their grandchildren than to their own when they were little – because they do not have to do parenting anymore. What they do is already a bonus – like attention, care and gifts. This extra efforts happen because of their love to their children. So, it’s not likely that they love the little ones more. The observation is just overrated.


 

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Violence Amidst Hunger


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By: Elena Grace Flores

English: Tropical Storm Haiyan on October 5, 2007.

I was in a state of shock hearing the news from a taxi driver that Tacloban was devastated with lots of dead bodies in the streets because of super typhoon, Yolanda. I immediately called my contact in Cebu and she confirmed. The estimate casualties at that time was only 100 – and I thought that the count was too low for the reported violence happening there. One thing, we did not organize a personal visit mission because even people bringing relief goods are being attacked – until at this very time of writing. I did not know what to say when my sister called me inquiring where she will send her donations. Read this devastating story:

 

Typhoon Haiyan: Thousands feared dead in Philippines

By: http://www.bbc.co.uk

Around 10,000 people may have died in just one area of the Philippines hit by Typhoon Haiyan, according to officials.One of the worst storms on record, it destroyed homes, schools and an airport in the eastern city of Tacloban.Neighbouring Samar island was also badly affected, with reports of 300 people dead and 2,000 missing. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24887337



I remember the science fiction stories that I heard from teenagers at home – that soon, the earth will be filled with zombies. The Tacloban tragedy proved to show that when people are hungry and desperate, these unbelievable stories can happen. May God bless the people of Leyte!


 

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