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Foreign Journalist’s Report Acted Upon Immediately


By: Elena Grace Flores
When it comes to media coverage by a foreign journalist, the Philippine government is very quick to response when directly or indirectly affected – but relief operations for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda seem to be slow up to this time of writing. It is not a question of whether they are doing their job or not – but it’s how they do it that matters. Anderson Cooper was just reporting what he saw and experienced at the time and place where he was at during his live report. Yes, government efforts may not reach that particular place yet when Cooper was there but that’s not the point. Read this to know more:

Anderson Cooper: We honor Filipinos’ strength


MANILA,Philippines — With his voice choked with emotion, veteran CNN reporter Anderson Cooper said that they honored Filipinos in every broadcast, citing the strength and resiliency of those affected in the areas destroyed by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan).

The government should know the geographical location and situation better than anyone else. Why are there no enhancements on the usual emergency procedure? Why are international donations blocked due to import taxes? Why are there no massive send-off of heavy equipment from Cebu or Manila yet? Why are there no team of experts, planners and implementation heads for this tremendous disaster who can formulate solutions not just in terms of providing basic needs of the victims but also volunteer psychologists for their traumatic experience? The questions go on and on – hopefully as we are also doing our part in helping our fellow men in need.

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2 thoughts on “Foreign Journalist’s Report Acted Upon Immediately

  1. I completely agree, there is no one in the national government with tactical capability at least proven in this disaster. Where were the DPWH or the engineering brigade heavy equipments? Was there a report that the roads were not passable and if there was a report how did that report taken by the agency concerned. The was no power and especially power needed to facilitate airport operation. Im sure the report was transmitted. Why is it that it was not the government that provide the generator instead it was Air 21 that brought the generator for the Tacloban airport so that it can start operation? There are a lot of questions to be asked. Now they want to gag, dismiss, downplay criticisms. It’s not the way to behave in the 21st century society. Questions have to be asked at the moment when the issue it still hot. It is the only way people in position of responsibility can be driven to reflect and respond to the expectations of the people they are supposed to serve.

    1. Thank you for commenting. We know that the government is working hard to the best of their ability – but their best is not good enough because there are no people in the position capable of handling this kind of high magnitude disaster! Although, there are great Media propagandists – but thanks God, they are getting busted!

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