On Location

Mandulog River at a Glance after Typhoon “Sendong”

2/25/2012
Submitted by Sherlita Daguisonan

 

February 25, 2012 was a very memorable day for the students of Values Education of ICEHS-Hinaplanon campus. Two months after the tragedy (December 17, 2011), thirty six (36) students visited Mandulog River, the very river that furiously washed out and make Iligan City, specifically Barangay Hinaplanon where the school is located, flooded and left thousands of homeless (which until now living in the different relocation sites), more than 600 people dead and almost 500 missing. At exactly 5:30 AM students gather under the old bridge that collapsed due to the typhoon. Three sites were selected for the monitoring event, under the heavily damaged old bridge, in between the damaged and the new bridge and under the new bridge at the opposite side.

Before the monitoring activity Mrs. Daguisonan, demonstrated on how to use the monitoring kits to students and other kids present at the site. Students who joined the monitoring activity were victims and survivors of the typhoon. They were interested of the activity because according to them since the typhoon, the water remained murky with unstable water level even if the rain is not that heavy.

It is noted that the last time the school conducted water monitoring event was on November 30, 2011 participated in by more than a thousand students coming from other neighbouring schools of Iligan City East High School-Hinaplanon.

After the monitoring activity, the group decided to conduct monthly monitoring event inviting other students to join and even friends and neighbours within the monitoring site. Forgetting what had happened two months ago, according to them “ Ma’am, this is the better side of the typhoon Sendong.”

 

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