The ideas for calculating economic lose from flooding in Phnom Penh

If we want to know how much Phnom Penh economic lose, we need to calculate the everything that lose into money, so that it is easy to know how much lose in money.

The calculation should include:

Loss on infrastructure:

  • The amount of money on the road damage from flooding (acide from Phnom Penh wastes mixed with rain water also cost highly damage)
  • The amount of money on damage of public garden by flooding (The big rain and high level water from flood will highly destroy the existing and new garden in Phnom Penh)
  • The amount of money on the damage of water treatment in Phnom Penh

Loss on family economic:

  • The amount money from losing or damaging of things/stuffs in house from flooding (including stuffs we used in home, equipments, business products and so on)
  • The amount of money to fix the damage of machine of transportation including car and motor by flooding
  • The amount of money for healthcare of human being caused by flooding (especially disease from dirty waste mixed with rain water)

Lose on business:

  • Business lose during flooding hour (some business cannot operate or no customer during flooding)
  • The amount of money from losing working hours and productivity during flooding (traffic jam or road blocked by water and so on)
  • and so on

Total all damages and lose in money amount, we will know how much Phnom Penh’s economic lose.

Welcome for comments and others ideas to calculate economic lose of Phnom Penh. Let’s me know if you have good ideas on calculation.



Quote 47

“When education is free, some people think it is useless, but some people use that knowledge from education or any forms to create billion worth dollars impact to their society.”

Sok Lak in Green

Mr. Sok Lak, one of environment active youth who passionate on environment issues especially on carbon credit program. He has participated in and organized over 30 social activities especially environment project in his community such as “I Like to Move It-Run&Save Wildlife campaign” (2012), Plant More Tree project (2013), Cambodia Green Will project (end of 2013 and early of 2014) and so on. Recently, he joined two days Oxfam Mekong Inclusion program communication workshop as young media expert and trainee on 9-10 October 2014 in Phnom Penh. Later, he joined Ministry of Transportation and Public Work cooperated with UN-Habitat and ESCAP’s Decentralized Waste Water Treatment Systems consultation workshop as youth observer on 27-28 October 2014 in Phnom Penh. Moreover, he is also one of fifteen youth wildlife ambassador and has attended a six-month joint program conducted by the U.S Ambassador’s Youth Council (AYC) and Wildlife Alliance in early 2014 as well as running youth engagement wildlife campaign in country. In September 2014, he was selected from 1,000 applicants in Asia Pacific region to attend Asia Pacific Youth Forum and Training workshop 2014 on adaptation in the mountains: issues and gaps beyond boundaries in Nepal organized by International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) through its Asia Pacific Mountain Network (APMN) partner with the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN). Regarding to his education, he holds a bachelor degree of Economic Development from Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE) and bachelor degree of English Literature at University of Cambodia (UC). Currently, he is freelancer and co-founder of Writing Alliance (WA), an independent student-run association embodying many young-Cambodian columnist. He has over two-year of experience as a professional in economic journalism where he used to work at Southeast Asia Weekly and Economics Today Magazine.

Who will pay the cost of …?

There are many cost that we already pay daily and yearly, how about below cost? Who will pay those cost? Who should be the person to pay them?
1. Social security
2. Food security
3. Pollution affect human health, agriculture production, water we drink, air we breath and so on
4. Traffic accident and human trafficking
5. Animal life (on land, water and air)
6. Raising temperature day to day
7. Increasing number of natural disasters (flood, storm, dry, and so on) year to year
8. Increasing new diesease year to year
9. Lack of opportunity and fall in poverty
10. and so on

What’s A Life

Life, you really make fun of me,
Life, you always treat me so good,
Life, you give me all colorful taste,
Life, you give a full of misery,
Life, you are like an experiment place,
Life, you are like a story in theater
Life, you are always change all the times,
Life, even we plan well still you keep shaping.

Why Poor Reading is Matter to Company to Concern?

In Cambodia, students study 4 years to obtain bachelor degree. In each year, there are two semesters which has 5 subjects for each semester. To finish one semester, it needs to completed 5 subjects. Normally, each subject has 2 or 3 books for students to study. To sum up, finish a bachelor degree, students need to finish at least 80 books for their higher education. As average, it is around 20 books per year.

8172948-Human-resources-issues-and-other-people-concepts-as-3D-stick-figure-symbols-on-jigsaw-puzzle-pieces--Stock-PhotoHowever, most of students normally cannot finish reading 5 books in a year and 20 books in 4 years. For getting and completed a bachelor degree, it required to finish 80 books, so most of Cambodian students cannot finish them, still another 60 books left behind which result of low quality when graduated.

To gain higher knowledge, book is the best source to generate information and knowledge after teacher. Also teacher also do not have a lot of times to do lecturers for students to listen. It needs students to do more research and read more.

When read less book, it would result of low productivity, low creativity, and low outcome of works.

If they go to work for a company, then that company would be low productivity and resulted of lower company performance and revenue.

When low revenue, company will face difficulty and hard to survive.

At the same, the effects of ASEAN integration on free flow of labor/investment/capital, upcoming global economic crisis and fast changing of business and investment environment

Low performance company would face bankrupt during hardship time.

To avoid these situation, company try to invest on capacity building on their staffs include sending them to training, workshop and conference even go aboard for it. At least million dollars gone on human resource development of each company, but why do not they invest on library?

Do not they think library could help their staff for knowledge improvement which increase productivity?

Go back to our assumption data above, average student read only 5 books per year, but a BA need to read 20 per years, so how can we empower employee to read more books to be qualified to increase productivity of company?

If employee can read 20 books per year, so company no need to invest 1000$ per year on a potential employee throughout training platform. They just need to invest on book or library service for their employee to empower them to read another 15 books. If their investment on book or library service successfully, they can save around 600 to 800$ per year from training services and other capacity building platform they are currently using. Another one, they also can transfer books to other employees or using low cost services like library services which is existing in the market, but most of organization or company never use it.

Let’s imagine together:

If the company can empower their employee read and maximum benefits from book, so:

  • 1 potential employee can save up to 800$
  • 10 potential employee can save up to 8000$
  • 100 potential employee can save up to 80,000$

10 years from now for 100 potential employee, company can save up 80 thousand dollars plus 15,000 books.


The question is why company not invest on book or library services?