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the pain of being gilbert teodoro – teodoro’s performance during ondoy/pepeng did not help teodoro at all

the country went through probably the worst natural disaster the country has ever experienced. we know of the destruction it caused many parts of metro manila and north luzon, we waded through them but it had also cause so much psychological pain on the country’s psyche.

when the storms were happening, i was waiting for the government to step up and specifically i waited for an individual to come up to the plate and become the ondoy/pepeng hero. it did not come. the government gave too little, too late.

i saw gilbert teodoro come up to the plate. teodoro is the chair of NDCC (Natural Disaster

teodoro did not show competence during ondoy/pepeng

Coordinating Committee), the government agency in charge of preparing the country on how to deal with natural disasters in the country. i thought wow, this is a great stage for teodoro to show us why he should be elected president in 2010.

from where we sit, we think teodoro screwed up big time. it was obvious that the country was not at all prepared for natural disasters, exactly the mandate he was given to do as NDCC chair.

(read NDCC mandate here:  http://ndcc.gov.ph/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=26)

teodoro failed in fulfilling the mandate he was given as NDCC chair. there were glaring incompetency  in teodoro’s performance as NDCC chair – the country did not have enough rubber boats, the military and the police was not called to help the people specially during ondoy, they did not have transportation that can take the rescuers across flooded streets and the relief efforts were little and late. the private sector, like schools and media were even much more effective in sending relief goods and help to people than the government and NDCC.

we wondered how the people will view teodoro’s performance during the ondoy/pepeng floods. he had a national stage where he can perform. we thought if he did well, he can win by a landslide. it was a stage that any presidentiable dream of having. teodoro being NDCC chair and standard bearer of the administration was way ahead of all other presidentiables in having the opportunity to shine. they controlled all of it.

we were waiting for poll results to use a gauge on how the voters viewed tedoro’s performance as NDCC chair during the floods.

the september SWS poll  could not be used as a basis. the fieldwork was conducted on september 18-21 which was a couple of weeks before ondoy.

(read post: september 2009 SWS presidentiable poll :noynoy aquino’s spectacular rise to front runner is magical)

the more recent pulse asia october 2009 poll however can be used as a gauge, the fieldwork was conducted october 22-30, almost a month after the ondoy/pepeng floods.

(resd post: Pulse Asia October 2009 Presidentiable survey – noynoy aquino is dominant front runner)

in this poll, teodoro got only a 2%, that indicates the people DID NOT see teodoro’s performance as anything stellar, not even remarkable. we cannot conclude people see teodoro’s performance during the floods as a failure, as there are no indicators on this negative, but the low rating indicates at minimum it did not help teodoro.

too bad that tedoro missed out on making something out of an amazing opportunity to perform on a national stage.

  1. martz
    May 9, 2010 at 10:40 am

    “the country did not have enough rubber boats”

    -I’m quite sure you would be one of those who will complain if the gov’t tries to bid for rubber boats and store them for future use. Are you sure you are willing to spend taxpayers money just to store them all?

    the military and the police was not called to help the people specially during ondoy

    -Not true.

    “they did not have transportation that can take the rescuers across flooded streets and the relief efforts were little and late”

    -they were late because the gov’t is not immune to the flood. Much less to the horrendous traffic on all major streets. Not even the US, China or members of the European Union can provide for the ‘transportation” that you want to have.

    -why do I know this? I have a friend working at the NDCC who keeps us updated. It’s unfair to just judge their work considering you do not know how much they have been working on different projects on a very limited budget.

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