Posted by akosistella on March 12, 2010
Candles and fans for Mindanao residents?
YESTERDAY’S declaration of a state of calamity in Mindanao is a headline-grabbing gesture that will hardly make an appreciable impact on easing the power shortage currently plaguing households and businesses in the island.
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Last year when several provinces in Luzon were submerged in floods, politicians joined militants in calling for the shutdown of certain dams. In fact the culprit was a record heavy rainfall compounded by a defective warning system for the release of excess water from the dams, giving residents precious little time to evacuate. Fortunately, reason prevailed and the shrill calls for the shutdown were ignored.
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The good news is, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has appointed old hands to the new Cabinet and sub-Cabinet vacancies. With less than four months left in her term, this is the approach that best guarantees continuity in policy and best prepares the agencies of the executive branch for a transition. The bad news is, some of the old hands do not strike us as transitional figures at all.