The Philippines is prone to typhoons. There are about 20 typhoons that visit the country per year on average. Towards the end of 2021, a powerful and catastrophic tropical cyclone, Super Typhoon Rai, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Odette, struck the Philippines.
On December 16 and 17, Super Typhoon Rai made landfall on over seven provinces across the Philippines. It caused widespread damage to houses, public infrastructure, and power and telecommunications services.
Super Typhoon Rai affected approximately 7.3 million people across the Philippines, with hundreds of thousands of individuals needing emergency food, health care, shelter, and WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) assistance.
Some of my OFSs could not contact me for a couple of days because of the widespread damage to the telecommunication services. When I finally heard from them, I found out that one of the metropolitan areas, Cebu City, was hit badly. I don’t think they’re back to 100% yet.
Despite being affected by the typhoon, I also heard stories about how many OFSs lost their jobs because they couldn’t contact their employers or get back to work right away.
Despite all this, I heard many stories on Filipino resilience. Filipinos laugh regardless of the hardships and devastation they just went through.
For this practical advice, let’s talk about why the Philippines:
- gets struck by multiple typhoons throughout the year,
- what they do when this happens, and
- maybe what we can do to help.
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About John Jonas
John Jonas is a long-time outsourcing expert and the creator of OnlineJobs.ph.
Since 2005, John has taught hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs how to profitably delegate to VAs in the Philippines (and get their lives back in the process).
With help from his own VAs based in the Philippines, John has created an outsourcing empire that allows him to work 17 hours/week and to spend most of his time with his wife and 5 kids.
Find John at JohnJonas.com and Facebook.
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