2. Unclog the sewers and fix the drains. In the past this could not be accomplished because there were communities living on top of esteros and waterways and no one had the political will to relocate such large populations of voters. Well the great flood took care of that: those settlements have been washed away.
Do not allow the settlements to be rebuilt. Relocate squatters to a safe place where they have access to basic services and transportation and won’t drown in the next deluge. Sure this is a difficult undertaking and the costs will be huge, but you politicians owe them bigtime. They elected you into office! You kiss their asses during election time, now do your job and serve your constituents.
3. Which reminds me: Hit the candidates of the major political parties who will run in the 2010 elections with a Catastrophe Tax. You want to serve the Philippines? Start now, by giving a chunk of your campaign funds to the relief efforts. And no, your name cannot appear on any of your donations.
4. While we’re discussing funds for relief and rehabilitation efforts: Malacanang has a golden opportunity to show that the official funds alloted for disaster relief and emergencies were not spent on the President’s foreign trips as her opponents have alleged. Show us the money. The people need it NOW.
5. To prevent profiteering, freeze the prices of all basic goods and services, including vehicle repair. Car repair shops have all the business they can handle now and in the coming weeks, they don’t have to overcharge.
6. This is an emergency. People in authority who steal donations meant for typhoon victims should be shot.