A lot of egos were hurt when CNN reported that relief efforts after Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the areas of Leyte were not enough – causing the desperation of the victims. Yes, many helped but there were no proper logistics in place thus hindering efficient operation. Here are the key logistic points in handling relief operations after a calamity:
The world knew that many Filipinos acted immediately to help the victims, so as concerned people from other countries – but what CNN is pointing out is the lack of logistics which the national government should impose. The report was not meant to criticize the government but a plea to the authorities to act out their plans without delay – if they have some in place!
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.
It’s unbelievable hearing from news updates that Bohol government officials are fearing for food crisis that can happen soon. How could this happen when farming is also greatly done in the area? Then reality sinks in. Bohol is just an island and when it is shaken, villages can be isolated. Collapsed bridges are hindering transportation – and if the vegetation or livestock are not yet for harvest or not yet planted, cultured or bred due to recent typhoons, no one can benefit from the farm lands or waters after the devastation. Read this heartbreaking report:
Relief operations as reported by GMA News channel are having difficulties in reaching these isolated areas. Trapped villagers are banking for the passing helicopters to notice their pleas. Some wrote HELP along the street – since their voices can’t be heard from up there. However, there’s a way through Cebu. Fast vessels can directly access those isolated areas through the sea routes that are normally used for domestic transport by local residents. Going back to basic during the ancient barter trade regime is quite helpful!
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