38.8 Billion Pesos supplemental budget is needed to rebuild Tacloban that was wiped out by the recent outrage of typhoon Yolanda. This is only for the first 5 priorities – relief supplies, shelter, livelihood restoration, utility services and immediate infrastructure as per Rappler.com. Foreign aids are pouring in and the people are asking – where do they all went. Maybe this will help:
Philippines: Timely Reconstruction to Lessen Impact of Typhoon Yolanda—World Bank
500 million US$ sounds like a lot of money but Philippines need more than that at this point in time. The initial budget of 38.8B is not yet final because what about hospital manpower, medical equipment/facilities and many more to at least counsel depressed victims? Bear in mind also that although Tacloban was badly hit, so as other parts of the eastern region. Hope that many more generous bodies will help out in rehabilitating survivors from their unimaginable trauma – and thanks to all the countries, associations and individuals who are kind enough in contributing to the rebuilding of Tacloban and elsewhere.
Listening to the news releases of the government, everything seems to be going back to normal already in the areas in the Philippines that were devastated by Typhoon Yolanda with the international name Haiyan. However, the sufferings are far from over for the affected ones according to many overseas media. Take a look at this one:
Rape, incest and child prostitution happen even in normal circumstances – so, it should not be a surprise learning about these things online. What’s surprising is, there’s no obvious system going on in these affected places to address such problems. Is the local standard just too poor to see these sad occurrences or people in authorities just turned a blind eye on them? Let’s make noise on this one!
Who would think that while you are repacking some relief goods for the typhoon-affected people in Tacloban that right behind you is Alicia Keys – tapping your shoulder for a job well done? Actually, this is not an exaggeration or hallucination! She was right there without prior announcement. Not only that – the lucky volunteers got some free tickets for her recently concluded Manila Concert. Watch If I Ain’t Got You live in Manila:
Every individual can make a difference just by helping in their own simple ways – but if it is a famous person showing some compassion and sympathies, the act is multiplied into millions of inspirations. Thanks to those who can still think of fitting into their busy schedule this act of kindness. You are not just there in the limelight to entertain the public but also serve as inspirational icons!
I just recently attended the wake of the mother of our Baranggay Chairman – and this is where you can find nicely arranged flowers, dignified people and lots of refreshments. You can also meet a long lost acquaintance in funeral by chance if you are a native of the place or active in social gatherings. That’s why my heart goes with the victims of typhoon Yolanda. No proper burial nor identification. Read this:
I initiated a call to the Secretary of National Defense through Facebook to help NBI do the military protocol for the casualties. This may be too late because most bodies are already dumped into the mass graves without knowing who they are – which will really give a hard time for the survivors to get over in mourning the death of their loved ones. However, I hope and pray that this will serve as a lesson for all – and the very reason why I documented this!
By: Elena Grace Flores
If Anderson Cooper, a reliable CNN journalist can feel the sufferings of the Filipinos affected by the typhoon Yolanda fury in Tacloban – why can’t the President of the Philippines and some of his cabinet members and cronies? Why is he more concerned with how other media practitioners broadcast their stories instead of concentrating on how to clear the streets and dead bodies to make the relief efforts more manageable? Is this the performance of a very popular President? Watch this:
Anderson Cooper is very respectful with the President’s media plea – but most people knew that this should not be the priority. This is another blow for the President showing how incompetent he is in protecting his people. Why can’t he ask for help if he is short of strategies? If the Philippines do not have enough resources, can’t we ask instead of just talking and waiting for aids? Yes, we will survive not just the aftermath of the disaster – but also the unfair government!