Saturday, September 26, 2009
This date will forever be remembered in the annals of Philippine history as the worst typhoon to hit the country in almost half a century.
ONDOY is the worst tropical depression to hit the country in forty (40) years (www.google.com)
- “Ondoy” (Filipino Name) (international name Ketsana),
- National Disaster Coordinating Council Report September 27, 2009
The Laguna State Polytechnic University was not spared from Ondoy’s relentless fury. The Los Baños and Siniloan Campuses were the most adversely affected by the typhoon, being most proximate to Laguna de Bay / Lake.
- Trees were uprooted
- Fences collapsed
- Strong edifices metaphorically knelt to the ground
- Buildings were engulfed in muddy water
- Vehicles sprinted and floated meters away
- Livestock and cattle wandered aimlessly
- Important documents got mutilated and torn to pieces.
After the typhoon, the fury and devastation was very evident. The Los Baños Campus showed complete disaster and wreckage of the facilities.
With waist and neck-deep water levels, classes were almost to be hampered until January 2010, delaying the school calendar as well as graduation slated on April.
The University President, together with the supportive and cooperative university officials, personnel, faculty and students, worked all together in the construction of the “TENT CITY Classrooms” on the hilly extension area of the LSPU Los Baños Campus and borrowing further pieces of land for expansion to accommodate students.
Immediately after the typhoon, the “TENT CITY CLASSROOMS” as well as bamboo bridges leading to them were painstakingly prepared in the Filipino spirit of “Bayanihan” or working together by LSPU students, employees and officials led by the University President in less than 72 hours to expedite the resuming of classes.
Meanwhile, classes are also held on the second floors of buildings of the University which were unharmed by the water.
THE FOLLOWING PHOTOGRAPHS EXPLAIN ALL.
Many areas in Laguna were still reeling from the devastation wrought by Typhoon “Ondoy” about 5 weeks ago. In the wee hours of Saturday, the province again had to deal with the fury of another storm which took 4 lives in the province.
Typhoon Santi (International codename: Mirinae) lashed Central Luzon Saturday October 31, 2009, leaving at least 50 villages in Laguna province flooded and 10 people dead before blowing out of the country.
More than 50 houses were also destroyed and several people were injured when a strong twister swept different areas of Southern Luzon at the height of the typhoon Saturday.
Before exiting the country, Santi triggered heavy rains that caused waist-high floodwaters, inundating at least 50 villages in eight towns in Laguna early Saturday morning.
The floods that struck around 3 a.m. Saturday also triggered an overflow of various rivers, destroying at least four bridges and displacing thousands of families.
Four people remained missing as of Saturday evening and more than 115,000 people in nine provinces east and south of Manila in the storm's path were evacuated (source:National Disaster Coordinating Council)
The following photos shows the aftermath of Typhoon Santi
It pains our hearts seeing the worst typhoon as it destroys and continuously destroying the University and the future of the students.
ON OUR BENDED KNEES, WE ASK FOR GOD’S MERCY.
Source:Status Report presented by Hon. Dr. Ricardo A. Wagan, LSPU President, during the 2nd International Leadership Colloquium held at Penang, Malaysia, March 2010