There are many events during the past six months that has bugged me about my life goals and the extended time I have at home recuperating sort of crystallised them all for me. For some years now, I have been floating around without any BIG goal other than to get my degree, to finish up whatever is on my work plate right then, and to barely survive until next payday. I got myself into a rat race with full blinders on and it’s frustrating when you slow down and see for yourself that you’re nowhere near where you initially wanted to be.
Back in the day when I entered Engineering School, I’ve always wanted to work for just a few years after graduation, work on my graduate degree then manage a business if not start my own. I’ve always believed that I can make that a reality until things slowly fell apart. I really don’t know when it’s started but I lost sight of my goals. The how and why is no longer important but it’s really sad and humbling to look back and accept that I just screwed up.
It took me a while to get my bearings back and even then, I really didn’t make any radical changes in how I approach things. I’ve always been good in confunding myself. I always tell myself that everything is alright and being blessed with very supportive people around me, I failed to notice where reality stops and make-believe starts.
Given all that, where do I want to go. On top of my head are these eight things:
- I want to work for a technology firm while providing amply for my family and helping my mother get out of debt.
- I want to marry and have kids in the near future in a safe and stable environment.
- I want myself to be healthy as well as the people around me.
- I want an advanced degree in Business or IT.
- I want to run successful businesses well into retirement.
- I want to help other people with their lives.
- I want to support Open Source as much as I can.
- And all the while, I want to live life and have fun.
Gut check – I’m just settling for three and I’m even doing poorly at those.
The geographical location of the Philippines in the Pacific makes the country highly susceptible to natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and typhoons. The country is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, “an area encircling the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanic activity result from the movements of tectonic plates.” On the average, the country experiences five (5) imperceptible to perceptible earthquakes every day. The country is also home to about 220 volcanoes. Of these, twenty-two (22) volcanoes have been recorded in history to have erupted, and five (5) are considered to be the most active namely: Taal, Mayon, Bulusan, Canlaon and Hibok-Hibok. Situated on the Pacific Typhoon Belt, the country is hit by an average of 20-30 typhoons every year, seven of which are highly destructive. Damage on infrastructure and agriculture caused by typhoons has cost the country up to P20 billion in a single year. — 
ADPC’s strategies for urban disaster risk management: –
- Through land use management
- Through mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR)
- Through structural interventions
- Through integrating DRR in socio-economic and livelihood programs focusing on urban poor
- Through designing disaster recovery programs to suit long-term needs
- Through promoting city-level early warning and alert dissemination to the urban communities
- Through setting up an urban emergency response system
- Through sharing of knowledge and good practices of urban DRM
Hyogo Priorities for Action: –
- Ensure that disaster risk reduction is a national and a local priority with a strong institutional basis for implementation.
- Identify, assess and monitor disaster risks and enhance early warning.
- Use knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels.
- Reduce underlying risk factors.
- Strengthen disaster preparedness for effective response at all levels.
Storms and floods proved to be a deadly combination for the Philippines for the period 2001-2010. –
- 116 disaster events
- 7,326 killed
- 43,426,854 affected
- US$2,121,292 in damages
 http://www.emdat.be/result-country-profile?disgroup=natural&country=phl&period=2001$2010#summtable | EM-DAT: The OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database, http://www.emdat.be – Université catholique de Louvain – Brussels – Belgium