The Devastation Of Typhoons

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It was a wakeup call what happened in the Philippines almost a month ago. In a just a few weeks, major parts of Metro Manila as well as most of the Northern provinces were greatly devastated by two super typhoons, Ondoy and Pepeng. These typhoons have struck us in places that matters the most, our hearts. Both typhoons destroyed our homes, took our loved ones, and laid waste on our livelihood. But what was truly devastated was the county's economy. Major farming businesses up in the Northern provinces have heavily taken a brunt of the disaster which led to massive shortages of rice all over the Philippines. People now realized now how essential agriculture is to our way of life.

Due to landslides, many of Baguio's major access roads became impassable. Although this incident greatly affected the many residence of Baguio, cutting them off from major cities, vegetables and fruits coming from Baguio were also cut-off from the mainland. Many business establishments in Metro Manila, restaurants, groceries, and markets were greatly affected by this shortage of supplies as well as sudden increases in cost. Green beans soared to 300% more its normal price.

It was of the same case with our philippine flower shop, where I saw florists selling flower Philippine, restaurants and wholesalers, panic buying, because flowers from Baguio did not come. A few days more of the city being cut off from us and we would have suffered an onslaught of high prices in basic commodities.

We gave little notice of our food source. We have been assured that food will always be available in every market and every grocery store, and prices will stay the same because food is not scarce, and vegetables and fruits will always be grown, harvested, and delivered to us. Now we have faced the ugly truth of life. We have had a direct experience of how it is when we are cut off from our food sources. But this is not all. And sadly, we are to experience more of it as a great number of farms were damaged by the storms and lost their food production for the next few months. And now, climate change and its devastating effects are looming not only in the Philippines, but in almost every country around the world. What will happen if we keep having extreme rain, prolonged droughts, unusually strong winds, and our farms are unable to keep up with our food needs? For more information visit to our site at

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