“Typhoon Ferdie” & “is it the end of the world?”

copy-pasted from the official Twitter account of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), a government agency in charge of traffic regulation in the god-forsaken eternally traffic-jammed streets of Metro Manila, storified by InterAksyon.com (the blog followed the link from that story):

     Because of the incessant rains yesterday, a follower of the Twitter account of MMDA asked the authorities:

      “Is it the end of the world?”

          A related story from the news site (InterAksyon.com) said that the flurry of tweets yesterday showed netizens expressing worry or fear of another Ondoy or massive floods occurring yesterday because of the non-stop pitter-patter of rains. It was just a pitter-patter and not a slosh-gush for hours,  but people were afraid again. i’m no expert on social psychology, but someone should do a study – —  i think all of us have a collective Ondoy slight “post traumatic stress syndrome” , it’s like we’re all war survivors,  lived  through the same nightmare, some more than others, and are constantly reliving it everytime there are hard rains.

       Here’s how the MMDA calmed down the twitter-follower:

Good morning @MMDA. Any flood updates in España, Manila?

@lesterlintao we don’t have monitoring on that area. It’s under the local authorities, you may call Manila Traffic Hotline 527-3087.

 4:52 PM – 20 Jul 12 via TweetDeck · Details

20 JulOfficial MMDAOfficial MMDA ‏@MMDA

ADVISORY: Kindly read our time line for more info regarding on flood updates. Thank you. #mmda

@MMDA sta ana going to gil puyat passable po ba?

20 JulOfficial MMDAOfficial MMDA ‏@MMDA

@gwapolo we don’t have monitoring on that area. It’s under the local authorities, you may call Manila Traffic Hotline 527-3087.

4:52 PM – 20 Jul 12 via TweetDeck · Details

20 JulYasser BanaoYasser Banao ‏@yasserkb

@MMDA Katapusan na ba ng mundo?

@yasserkb no one knows sir. Pero sure po ako malapit na ang katapusan ng bwuan 🙂

4:51 PM – 20 Jul 12 via TweetDeck · Details

ADVISORY: Kindly read our time line for more info regarding on flood updates. Thank you. #mmda

@MMDA good am po, may monitoring po ba ku kung saan na mga flooded areas sa Manila?

20 JulOfficial MMDAOfficial MMDA ‏@MMDA

@JohnsonManabat we don’t have monitoring on that area. It’s under the local authorities, you may call Manila Traffic Hotline 527-3087.

 

4:51 PM – 20 Jul 12 via TweetDeck · Details

20 JulOfficial MMDAOfficial MMDA ‏@MMDA

@CrackerJackNM we don’t have monitoring on that area. It’s under the local authorities, you may call Manila Traffic Hotline 527-3087.

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translation: 

 To the MMDA: “Katapusan na ba ng mundo?” ( “Is it the end of the world?”)

From the MMDA: “No one knows, sir. Pero sure po ako na malapit na ang katapusan ng bwuan (sic) “(“No one knows, sir. But we are sure that what is at hand is the end of the month 🙂  ”