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World Bank Backing up Philippine Recovery after Typhoon Yolanda


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

English: Capitol of the Province of Leyte, Phi...
English: Capitol of the Province of Leyte, Philippines. The capitol is located at Tacloban City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

By: The World Bank

December 6, 2013WASHINGTON, December 6, 2013 – Timely implementation of the country’s recovery and reconstruction program will reduce the economic and social impact of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and help the Philippines maintain a high growth rate that benefits the poor.  http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2013/12/06/philippines-reconstruction-impact-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.

 

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Typhoon Yolanda or Haiyan Devastation is Far from Over

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Haiyan relief [Image 6 of 14]
Haiyan relief [Image 6 of 14] (Photo credit: DVIDSHUB)

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:

Typhoon Haiyan: ‘We are failing thousands of girls at risk of rape or trafficking,’ says Justine Greening

By: www.telegraph.co.uk

As the international relief effort in the Philippines gets under way, UK development secretary Justine Greening says not enough is being done to protect women and girls from the threat of rape, violence, forced marriage and trafficking. Louisa Peacock reports. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/10444849/Typhoon-Haiyan-relief-effort-We-are-failing-thousands-of-girls-at-risk-of-rape-or-trafficking-says-Justine-Greening.html


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!

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Alicia Keys Inspired Relief Volunteers during her Manila Concert

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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:

 

 Alicia Keys Feat Regine Velasquez LIVE IN MANILA

Posted at YouTube by: Will Salas

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!

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Funeral as a Social Event in the Philippines


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By: Elena Grace Flores

The bodies of the dead lie awaiting burial in ...
The bodies of the dead lie awaiting burial in a mass grave at the camp. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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:

Globe in the Philippines: Funeral efforts marred by decay

By: NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE

As the truck lumbers past the rubble-strewn remains of Tacloban City, onlookers pull shirts over their faces and use fingers to plug their noses. The truck is laden with death, 34 people killed by Typhoon Haiyan. Their decay, after five days in the heat and humidity, creates a stench that blankets the street as the truck passes by. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/rebel-attack-disrupts-mass-burial-effort-in-typhoon-ravaged-city/article15409537/



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!


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The Real Score in the Tacloban Relief Efforts


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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:

CNN Anderson Cooper urges Korina Sanchez to visit Tacloban


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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!

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