Solano, Nuva Vizcaya Highway flood
Community Health Nursing is fun. We get to go to places. We have already been in this small village in the outskirts of Nueva Vizcaya a few times, but there are always somethings new. This time we went there just after several days of downpour and it was really different when it was really dry. The roads were more slippery and we passed by some landslides and there were areas were the water was actually flowing on the road like it is a creek or river but the jeepney was still able to cross. It takes skill to manuever the jeepney inorder not to get slipped on the slope of a mountain and to run it across water. The view outside is just beautiful, I can't help but click my camera. These are rare ocassions when I get to go these places, so I am taking my chance.
Going to these very small barangays or villages makes me experience the difference between let's say living in town where things are convinient but commecialize. In these small towns, there's a simplicity of life. They may not have much, but they are rich in the simple things in life. I mean, they have their own gardens just outside their homes and they just gather fruits from their fruit trees. We got to see honeybee combs hanging in one of the houses. There are ricefields just outside the house. The guys came back with a handful of calamansi (green lemons) in the family of citrus which we used as dipping sauce with fish sauce. The Health Workers prepared us some boiled beans- yeah, simple, they just boiled it. Young and crunchy green beans. It's always fun when we are in a group. Our activity was to select a sight for our COPAR (Community Organization Participatory Action Research) We didn't stay that long in the area. On our way back it started pouring again, we got soaked but got home fine. It was still fun.
It had been pouring the last few days. It started to rain in the afternoon and then yesterday it just rained all day and all night. I didn't really pay attention to weather reports but I heard there was a storm coming. No, they said typhoon. They don't say storm but typhoon over here and it has indication how strong or violent a typhoon. They measure it by signal 1, being the least or moderate storm and it goes up depending on how strong the typhoon is. Yesterday my sister was telling me through text messages it was supposed to be typhoon signal number 3, meaning it is strong. I didn't really feel how strong the storm was but I felt and heard the heavy downpour of rain all night. I was surprised we didn't have a "brown out" - yeah that's how they term black out here.
Native hut submerged and woven baskets
I slept cozily, with no problem, it got cooler so it felt nice to sleep. I didn't know that there were some people who had not slept at all last night because their house have been under water. A friend's friend was telling us they had been watching the rise of water and were not able to sleep because they had to take care of anything depending on how high the water may rise. It's terrible. My friend Arlyn called me early in the morning saying "hey come out, what are you doing. The roads are flooded." So, I came out just so we could go look around. There were areas that really looked bad. Our street wasn't flooded at all, but the next one looked like a lake. That's one of the problems they encounter here in the Philippines when rainy season. There were reports of people killed last night from landslide. Philippines, being an archipelago and very close to the sea and bodies of water is vulnerable to storms and natural calamities.