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All Your Popular (Non) Solutions are Belong to Noy

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Before you turn into a grammar police and slap your badge all over my face for a grammar failure at my title, let me say that the title of this entry is based on a popular internet meme back then “All Your Base are Belong to Us” derived from the popular game ZeroWing.  So cut me some slack and let me do my thing, on to the content shall we?

In one of my previous entries, I pointed that I wasn’t really impressed with how President Aquino delivered his inaugural address. I compared his speech to pain killers and it’s effects (or lack thereof) in the long run.

Many people commended Mr.Aquino for delivering such a humble piece in the biggest day of his life. Wang-Wang’s aside, what most of us failed to see is that while it sounds good to the ears, we failed to analyze the repercussions and implications of all the humility that he promised and is showing right now. Most people call his deeds as “leading by example”, let me call it popular (non) solutions.

Yesterday, another example of a popular (non) solution was given out by the President. In a meeting at NDCC, Mr Aquino berated the PAGASA for their failure in forecasting the direction of Lola Basyang. While it was definitely a big mistake on the PAGASA’s part, would it really be of help to scold one of the most under-addressed organizations in our country?

What hit me is that, as always, the Filipinos commended Mr. Aquino for his actions. My Facebook and Twitter account got flooded by wall posts and tweets, praising Mr Aquino for attacking PAGASA in front of the media and the audience watching nationwide. I don’t really get it, in doing what he did, what impact did it made in terms of improving our weather forecast system?

Again, a prime example of a popular (non) solution.

The fact is, Noy can go berserk anytime he wants on PAGASA and it won’t change one motherfucking thing. He can say anything he wants to say and majority of the people will applaud him for it but at the end of the day, we still have one of the most inferior systems when it comes to weather forecasting.

I’m no expert but here’s a suggestion, maybe before he goes berserk on an organization, how about going after the roots of the problem? After all, the primary problem of our weather forecast system is funding, machinery and manpower. Instead of doing the popular thing, like putting the blame on something or someone, why not spend time on thinking of solutions on how to improve the system? After all, that’s part of his job right?

The thing is PAGASA is undermanned and underfunded. For him to expect flawless results out of a way-behind-organization-in-terms-of-machinery in such a complicated situation is something absurd. And what are my basis when I said that the organization is undermanned and underfunded? Here it is..

  • The fund alloted for PAGASA is roughly 800 million pesos
  • A doppler radar, something that is very vital when it comes to weather forecasting, costs around 2 million dollars each. An estimate of 90 million pesos.
  • We have TWO, I repeat, TWO doppler radars working in our country. The minimum requirement for a country to have a respectable weather forecast system is 12.
  • As of the time being, we have 13 meteorologists working in 3 shifts a day. The ideal one would be about 16-20 workers  a day.
  • In the past month, 3 of our best meteorologists has already been pirated by other countries. The main reason? To look for greener pastures.

If you would analyze all of the things that I’ve said above, you would see that there definitely is a big problem in the organization . Whether it be in terms of machineries or manpower, it definitely needs all the help it can get. And for the president to actually scold them for failing to correctly “predict” a storm considering the circumstances that they are going through is pretty much unfair to the people working in PAGASA. If he wants improvement in terms of results then he should be ready to give the people proper fundings in able to work properly. Berating an organization doesn’t help at all, it’s only a waste of time.

But as long as the masses are commending you for it, I guess it’s okay right? It’s okay to put the blame on someone else without addressing the real problems at hand. And it’s okay to be humble and at the same time put the PSG and the people around you at risk of attacks each and everytime you stop at every stoplight. I guess it’s okay, it’s popular, why the hell not?

Sarcasm over, we want real results, real solutions. Not popular ones. You’ve proven your point, you’ve already showed you can be one of us, now it’s time to act like not one of us and be the leader that you should be.


Written by bassman500

July 16, 2010 at 1:31 AM

Posted in Political

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  1. i have to say i like that your blog is backed by research. re-post, re-post! no one thinks about things this way anymore. this is the reason why CNN’s forecast was a lot more accurate than PAG-ASA’s. our country being one buffeted by storms and typhoons on a regular basis..you’d think we should have started investing in equipment eons ago. *wake up call! send to broadsheets, dali!


    July 16, 2010 at 1:18 PM

  2. How? Lol.


    July 16, 2010 at 6:02 PM

  3. By looking at it, it seems like you have a very objective view of everything. You have a great blog though. Very informational especially this one.


    February 23, 2011 at 12:39 AM

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