By now I’m sure we’ve all realized how devastating was the effects of typhoon Yolanda. Our unfortunate location within the Pacific has always been an additional burden for Filipinos as we struggle to face calamities like this every year. This year was a bit “level up” as we experienced one of the strongest storm surges in the planet. Until now I still get moved watching the news. After the horrifying earthquake that struck Cebu and Bohol, here comes another one. Eto na ba to Lord? I asked myself while I was watching ABS-CBN’s special coverage yesterday. Kasi if meron pa, let’s get it on! haha I guess we just need some smiles despite all these. What I meant was, if meron pa ibigay mo na Lord para naman by Christmas my people could enjoy and feel the joys of the holidays. Of course I am pretty sure it wouldn’t be that merry of a Christmas for the people in Leyte, but with all our help they can feel that they are loved, that they are not forgotten. After all baka nga siguro Pilipinas ang target ng bagyo kasi alam ni Yolanda na ang Pilipino ay matatag. The indivisible Filipino spirit, the bayanihan sa bayan, is just amazing. The countless volunteers and help coming from all the corners of the country and the world. It is just priceless. I myself have made my own share of help but i choose not to name them. It doesn’t really matter anyway. In this piece I choose not to dwell on the sad faces yolanda has left us, but I would want to focus on what we have done and on what we are doing.
Amidst all the chaos lately, I feel sorry that the Filipinos are still doing some blaming. The president himself even placed a little blame towards the local government who lacked the preparation and even lacked the ability to coordinate and augment the national government aids. Apparently the president forgot that even the people running the local governments were devastated as well. The residents are also blaming the national government for the delay of the distribution of relief goods. While they may have all the right to complain because of hunger and stress, they should be informed of what the national government is doing. (with the absence of proper communication, most of them may not know what’s going on nationally). On on side, people watching the news are even talking against the government saying something like, walang nagagawa ang gobyerno natin. People like them should start complaining if they’re giving help that is more than that of the government. We all need to understand that with the lack of communication and transportation, help cannot be implemented right then and there. All departments in our government have been mobilized, even military trainees are now utilized to augment security and relief. Why do we need to complain? Instead na mag reklamo po tayo ba’t di nating subukang tumulong in our own humble way.Walang nagagawa ang pagsisisi. Kung kaya namang ibigay ng gobyerno bakit naman di nila ibibigay? And this all boils down to: nagtitiwala pa ba tayo sa gobyerno natin? After the pork barrel scam, can we still trust the people running the government? Well we can never have a sure answer to that but one thing is for sure we have people who needs our help. At mabuting nang we’ve known about the corruption scandals kesa naman sa di natin alam at nasa kay Janet Napoles pa rin lahat ng pera ng bayan.
What I do believe that the government lacked in the typhoon responseis the lack of organization and coordination. Even CNN anchors were able to notice that in Tacloban there are no focal persons who are leading the entire team. Everything therefore is scattered. The retrieval operations, the medical team, the relief team. The goverment should look into that.
Likewise I would like to point out a particular observation over this crisis that struck us. National news and media has emphasized the devastation in Tacloban and all other areas in Leyte. As a reminder we also have a lot of casualties in some parts of the country. In Northern Cebu for example Camotes Island has an entire shoreline of demolished houses and people who lack medical assistance. I encourage people especially those from Cebu to start helping them. Let’s not forget them.
Since all relief campaigns are readily available on TV or online, please excuse me from posting them again in my blog. But please allow me to focus on one thing that we may have forgotten. This is in response to a friend’s post on facebook. He works at the DOH Regional Office Blood Center. I am reposting his status here for everyone to check out
"From the recent natural happenings that struck mainly Eastern Visayas and Northern Cebu, I appreciate all those who have made effort in helping in one way or another. We understand that any kind of help is important, may it be cash or in kind, however, from the increasing volume of patients coming from these areas, we are expecting an increase in the use of blood- something which cannot be bought or manufactured commercially. For those who want to donate blood voluntarily, you may do so by visiting the Regional Blood Center 7, at the DOH Compound fronting Crown Regency from 8am to 10am and 1pm to 3pm tomorrow, November 14, 2014 and onwards.
Help save one life now and unleash the HERO in you!” - Deo Robert Castro