Global warming in the local level

DAVAO CITY — Excessive rainfall has been wreaking havoc in Eastern and Northern Mindanao for weeks. Casualties have been increasing and was already in the mid 20s at the weekend. Economic opportunity loss should now be in the billions of pesos if estimates would include disruption in private business operation.

The calamity should be a wake-up call for local government units on the island whose priority in spending excess funds from internal revenue allocation has been largely confined to making their towns look good through a new municipal hall, a modern public market and a bus terminal complex.

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