Social Media as a tool for natural disaster management|| Then vs. Now

High school students, like me, had one of those moments in life wishing that classes will be suspended on the next day. Well, who wouldn’t?, just by feeling  the cold temperature, I would definitely think of my bed, hugging my teddy bear, watching my all-time favorite dramas while munching some unhealthy snacks and worrying nothing. I could even remember those days where I am wide awake until the middle of the night waiting for some news about the suspension of classes especially when there are bunch of quizzes waiting for me.

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Leaving behind my fantasies and memories, let us proceed to the main topic. So, what is the role of social media on providing information during calamities? Let me give you a list and I will discuss each briefly, after.

  • Provides valuable information to those in a disaster area pre and post disaster (via Internet, if available, or SMS updates).
  • Drives awareness to those outside the affected areas, generating volunteers and/or donors.
  • Connects displaced family & friends.
  • Provides information about unclaimed property, and in worst case scenarios, bodies.

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Social media helps people to be updated before, during, and after a disaster which is definitely helpful. It gives warning to those people in the area that are affected and gives some signal to prepare and evacuate as much as possible. It will also provide info where to evacuate and when will the people can go back to their places safely. Through this means, it could prevent further number of casualties.

Disaster means washing out number of houses in the affected area, and victims of such definitely need a helping hand. Through social media, it helps on reaching out for other people to lend some donations for the victims. Also, the news could spread not just in the local but also outside the country which is good since there are foreigners and OFW’s that could aid some help.

When disaster came, we cannot help but to worry about our love ones especially to those who are out of our reach. We get concerned of their safety or whether they are in good hands. Through social media, we can easily check their status if there are safe or not. Remember the new feature on Facebook? Where we can tell our friends that we are free from the danger? Here’s a photo:

sdasdadUnfortunately there are casualties in most of natural disasters though the government is trying their best to prevent the increasing number. The social media had helped the government on relaying information when there are unclaimed bodies and properties. Since it would be faster to relay news on the information, it would be an easier work for the government.

 

 

We can definitely see how the spreading of information had developed and helped the country from the old media that we are used to. Though there are disadvantages on using social media as source f information such as the validity of some information, unlike the traditional media (TV, radio and newspaper) we can definitely verify that the information is true especially that emergency management organizations cooperate with media producers to ensure that the information broadcast is current and correct. Also social media can be a handy resource in crises, people must be careful not to take their access for granted during emergencies. Floods, fires and earthquakes often disrupt the power and communications infrastructures that smart phones rely upon. Even though, the social media is better when it comes to the speed of spreading information. Unlike the traditional media that we need to wait for the news, morning paper and radio broadcast before we get to know what is happening outside of our houses. In spite of our concerns, it is encouraging to see an organization such as Facebook taking responsibility for its users and entering the crisis communication space.

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Lahat ng aking sasabihin ay nakalapat sa aking Awitin

Sa bawat kalabit ng gitara, hampas ng tambol at sa bawat pindot ng piyano, hindi ko maikakaila na napapa-indak ako sa tunog ng kaniyang binubuo. At sa tuwing siya ay nagsusulat ng liriko, at lalapatan ng mga nota upang ang tono ay tumugma, hindi ko maitatanggi na ang puso at isip ko ay nakikisalaysay sa awit niya. Sa bawat musika na kaniyang nilikha, mga kwento at mensahe na nais niyang ipadala, ang masasabi ko na lamang ay “Oo nga”. Uso ang mga banyagang musika kung saan ang mga kantang Pinoy ay nakakalimutan na. Maging ako man ay  tagapagtangkilik ng mga musikang banyaga at hindi ko iyon itatanggi.

Naaalala ko noong minsan ay nahilig sa isang uri ng musika ang aking nakatatandang kapatid. Lagi siyang nagpapatugtog sa kuwarto namin. Naririnig ko ang mga kanta na hindi ko naman maintindihan. Sabi ko pa noon “Ano ba naman yang kantang yan? Masyadong mabilis, akala mo hinahabol ng aso”.

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Aristotle Pollisco

Rap – Diyan mahilig ang aking kapatid. Sa lahat ng mga rapper na ipinakilala niya sa akin, si Aristotle Pollisco o mas kilala sa kaniyang alias na Gloc 9, ang pinakatumatak sa aking isipan, hindi dahil sa numero na siyam sa kanyang pangalan at hindi rin dahil sa hindi ko alam kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng Gloc, sa halip ay dahil sa kanyang pagiging makata, mga liriko ng kaniyang kanta na hango sa tunay na pangyayari o buhay ng isang ordinaryong tao at maging sa mga isyu ng ating bansa. Lahat ng kanta na kanyang ginagawa ay nagsisilbing taga-bukas ng isipan natin sa realidad ng mundo at dahil dito ay humanga ako sa angking galing niya kaya halos lahat ng kanta niya ay aking tinatangkilik.

 

“Di uusad kung lakad ay paatras

Nakakandado ang dapat na bukas

Bumangon at ng maunawaan mo

Kung ano ang siyang pinaglaban ko”

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Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo

Iyan ang koro mula sa kanta ni Gloc 9 na pinamagatang “Hindi pa tapos”. Pamagat pa lamang ay marami ng maaring ipahiwatig. Ginamit ang kantang ito sa pelikula na “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo”. Ang kantang ito ay tungkol sa rebolusyon. Maraming kanta si Gloc 9 ang nabigyan na ng parangal, isa na doon ang awit na to, na nagpapatunay ng kanyang angking galing. Nais kong pasikatin ang kantang ito sapagkat ang mensahe na ipinapahiwatig ay makakatulong sa kamulatan ng mga Pilipino. Hindi lamang iyon, ang kantang ito ay hindi lamang tungkol sa rebolusyon, nais din nitong iparating sa mga tagapakinig na hindi dapat tayo sumuko.

 

 

“Kaya minsan ba’y naiisip mo na ang noon

Ay katulad din ng mga kinakaharap ngayon

Wag magtaka kung ba’t lumalabo ang tubig sa balon

Dahil hanggang ngayon ay di pa tapos ang rebolusyon

Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan, ngunit ano na lamang ang nangyayari sa henerasyon ngayon? Sa kapayapaan na pinaglaban ng ating mga bayani tila hindi parin tayo nagkakasundo. Kaya nga nabanggit sa kanta na Hindi pa tapos ang Rebolusyon.

“Habang panahon nalang ba tayong magtuturuan

At sa malambot na higaan ay mag-uunahan

Sigawan at sumabatan ng anumang kakulangan

Bago pa mapunta sa iba teka ako naman”

Hindi natin kailangan mag-antay ng kung ano ang mangyayari. Bakit hindi simulan sa sarili? Bakit isisi sa iba? Ikaw ba may nagawa ka na? May isa akong tula na ginawa tungkol dito, nais ko itong ipamahagi sa inyo.

“Huling Simula”

ni Jay-an Muellenero

Ito na ang huli kung saan tayo nag-umpisa

Ito ang umpisa ng dulo.

Ito rin ang huling pagkakataon upang ikaw, ako, Tayo!

Ay makapag simulang.. Muli? Hindi ko alam.

At sa Gitna ng lahat,

Sa libo-libong kabutihang ginawa ko,

Lahat yun nabura sa isang pagkakamali

Sa Gitna rin nag umpisa akong pagdudahan ang sarili ko

Sa Gitna rin kung saan inakala ko ay iyon na ang dulo.

Ngunit sa Huli, doon ko nakita ang lahat.

Doon ko napagtanto na sa huli ay may simulang nakaabang

At ang simula na iyon ay hindi mag-aantay para sa atin

Kung kaya ngayon ay simulan na ang dapat

Dahil baka mapagtanto mo na lang na

Huli na pala ang lahat bago mo pa masimulan.

Vandalism| Why destroy if you can build?

Scribble here, doodle there, Vandalism everywhere! This is the most known type of vandalism but how the dictionary define vandalism, it is any intentionally or purposively destruction of any public or private property. I have been weighing my thoughts about this matter for a while. It is actually the most sought topic on debates so I will be mentioning the causes, effects and possible solutions for the subject.

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Infograph about Vandalism by Jay-an Muellenero

“Freedom of expression”—that is what vandals are fighting for. They kept on convincing the state that it is their way of expressing their feelings. BUT! As in B-to-the-U-to-the-T, I believe that everything has its limitation. Metaphorically speaking, “Try spreading your arms widely, that’s how broad your freedom is, but when you’ve hit someone, that marks your limit”.

Vandalism could be a sign of rebellion. Lack of parental guidance or attention could be a cause. Vandals do such acts to regain attention or recognition. Also, vandalism could be a sign of petitions. We can see that there are these groups of people that destroy public properties to send messages or to use it as an eye-opener to the government. In addition, Vandalisms are done due to peer pressure. We, the youth, acts abruptly.  We follow the trend on a circle of friends to prove that we are independent or can do anything.  Teens are the type of go-with-the-flow unlike the adults that already have their principles in life that is why teens are ready to do anything that is treated as cool within their friends. The downfall of this is the monetary backfire to the government. Just imagine if one vandalize a public property and the government has to fund for repair, it is such a waste of money instead of using it for other public purposes. Also, if one would vandalize a private property, it is such a hassle to the owner. Overall it is disrespect to the owner. When I was on my 11th grade, our teacher on Understanding Politics, Culture and Society taught us the human rights. It was stated on the Universal Declaration of human rights about the right to property.

I would suggest on installing more CCTVs especially to the streets. Also, improve the penalty on the violation of the law. Well, we have to give importance on the value of discipline. In addition, home is where it all starts. Parents should provide enough attention and discipline to their child. Self-awareness must be pointed out. I also think that schools must strictly observe the “no vandalism” policy. Even if it is on the code of conduct, we can see that it is still not properly observed. I could still see scribbles on tables and doodles on the comfort room. We should keep in mind that we deprive our next generations of their heritage if we harm public and private property and deface the aesthetics of the surrounding. Now, can you set a good example to others?