‘Buti pa NDRRMC, consistent’: A downpour of witticisms, ‘hugots’ over monsoon text alerts
There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency, so goes an old saying. But for some netizens caught in the gray, inclement weather, the only standout consistency is the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
As the monsoon continues to dump buckets of rain and even pose threat of flooding and landslides in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, the NDRRMC dutifully sends text messages to advise the public about the dangers of the yellow, orange, and red alert levels as well as remind them to keep safe.
A text alert from the NDDRMC reads like this: “1/2 Orange Heavy Rainfall Warning: Matinding pag-ulan sa Metro Manila, Bataan, Batangas at Cavite ang mararanasan dulot ng Habagat…2/2 Nagbabadyang matinding pagbaha. Maging alerto at handa.”
For a lot of people, it may just be a plain text message from the disaster agency, which the law mandates to give emergency broadcasts and warning updates when calamities like typhoons and man-made disasters arise. But for some netizens, there’s more interesting – more so funny – in those text alerts than meets the eye.
As the falling rain makes a water world in the metropolis, netizens bask in unleashing their witticisms and “hugots,” finding even a bit of solace amid the gloomy weather that, at least, the NDRRMC, is consistent.
Serving the mandate
Under Republic Act 10639 or “The Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act” signed by former President Benigno S. Aquino III, the NDRRMC is tasked to send text message alerts at regular intervals in case of impending natural disasters and calamities.
With the help of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and mobile network service providers, the agency is expected to perform its mandate of notifying and informing the people about calamities like typhoons, earthquakes, and some other risky conditions through the form of text messages in order “to prevent injuries, destruction and loss of lives and property.”
The NDRRMC is also working hand-in-hand with other relevant agencies such as the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) to dispense accurate text alerts, which are sent at no cost and can also be in the form of multimedia messages (MMS) or electronic mails (email).
Republic Act 10639 was enacted after super typhoon Yolanda wreaked havoc in the country in 2013.
‘Buti pa si NDRRMC, consistent’
Netizens and mobile phone subscribers within the affected areas have expressed gratitude for receiving text alerts from the “concern” NDRRMC, saying that its efforts and “consistency” is commendable.
Some even joked about getting a partner who is “thoughtful”, “caring”, and who “always checks up on you” just like what the NDRRMC has been doing.
However, for some, you don’t even need “someone” if you have NDRRMC in your messaging list.
So, if you’re consistently receiving text alerts about the bad weather from the NDRRMC lately, now you know there’s a reason behind it, and just maybe, you will miss them if they stop sending you texts. /kga
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