This speech is written by Prudencio Caniedo, Jr. for the classroom- based contest The Speech.
To my Oral Communication in Context Mr. Carl John Carolino, classmates, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Last month, Anda and other places in Luzon suffered under the Typhoon Ompong. We experienced power outage and flood that greatly affected our livelihood and lifestyle. We are still lucky that we are safe from the rage, but there are many of our kababayan who lost their loved ones and grieved over their crops and properties destroyed by the weather disturbance.
This afternoon, I am going to talk about typhoon. Why it is a dangerous phenomenon? A typhoon is a severe weather disturbance characterized by strong winds and heavy rains, which revolve around a center low pressure area. Typhoons are cyclones formed in the Pacific Ocean. Our country is not spared from these because we are located in the Pacific area.
According to Philippine Astronomical Geophysical Atmospheric Seismological Agency of PAGASA, there are around 20 typhoons entering Philippine Area of Responsibility or PAR in a year. Some of these could be deadly especially if these traverse in the land. Typhoon Haiyan locally known as Yolanda is the strongest typhoon ever recorded in the world. The whole world witnessed the bleak condition of fellow Filipinos especially in Tacloban and other provinces in the Visayan region. Many people died and frustrated as their houses were wiped out.
This year, the country is challenged anew as Typhoon Ompong showed his strength in the northern provinces. Rice plants and corn crops are soaked by the heavy rains. There were at least 95 people died because of typhoon Ompong, the police said on Friday, September 21 2018. Most of the fatalities were from the Cordillera Administration Region (CAR), which is still reeling from deadly landslides triggered by the typhoon. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said at least 1.4 million residents have been affected by the typhoon.
We, Filipinos should now learn our lessons. Typhoons are getting more destructive than before. As students, we must know how to be prepared for the upcoming typhoons. You must practice precautionary measures like having an emergency bag and evacuation plans. We must be updated through watching news and the like. In addition, we must pray to God because he will save us.
If we are knowledgeable on the hazards that we cannot avoid to face, we can have steps to save ourselves. Thank you and God bless everyone.