Three consecutive posts about Compostela Valley, Philippines. First of a happier time a few weeks back. I even posted that picture happy picture as my facebook profile photo.
It seems climate change is indeed a reality but over and over again in a year we keep on hearing the news of dead bodies being recovered because of lack disaster preparedness and response. It seems this will be the norm, the annual destructive storms and the loss of lives and damage to property that comes with it.
Anyway, we ourselves put ourselves at risk because if you are dirt poor, you rarely think of tomorrow, you think of how you can eke out a living for today. Compostela valley is rich in natural resources. The first thing I noticed when I entered the mountainous areas of the valley is though there is no large scale mining operations and there may be a ban in small scale mining operations, deforestation still occurs. Upland farming is still being done and slash and burn system still prevails.
Everyone has the freedom to do what they want just to survive their day to day situation. That’s a a democracy, I guess. However, freedom puts you at risk because you open yourself up to hazardous situations that can also kill you when the time comes. People know that what they do is dangerous and they know the risk.