By: Elena Grace Flores
The interview of Anderson Cooper in the Late Show with David Letterman might be taken as criticisms to the Philippine government – but in reality, this is a big breakthrough for those Filipinos who do not have voices – and who are suffering in silence. Watch this:
Yes, it’s better to just help in your own little way – but when you talk about changing the public system to the better, you need to express your sentiments without fear. This is actually what I’m doing through my blogs – but ended up being discouraged by my own relatives. Thanks to this video. It has given me strength to do my part in being the “voice” of the less fortunate!
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:
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.
Philippines is now becoming a calamity-prone country – after series of devastation just happened recently. For sure, like any other governments, the Philippine government also has a comprehensive plan like this one from the United Kingdom for disaster response:
Based on the performance of the government after super typhoon Yolanda, all government agencies are working hard to the brink of breaking down – but the efforts were not felt by many. Why? The devastation was just too much to handle without proper equipment, manpower and strategy. The actions done did not come from an intelligent panel of planners – because they move without thinking in tackling the disaster aftermath. Lots of donations arrive but they are easily hindered by obstructions because they do not have powerful vehicles. Time is of the essence and further delay means lost of lives! Can this be tolerated by Filipinos?