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Incorporate Climate Change Efforts into the Minds of the Young Ones


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Scary movies stressing out the proximity of climate changes are very disturbing. It is good to know that experts in this field are brainstorming on what the world can do to ease the problem. Devastation is already happening but even if we are doing measures for the next generations in line, it is still worth it. Know this recent climate change effort:

COMDEV week highlighted awareness of Climate Change and Community Empowerment

By: Arellano University

The office for Community Development celebrated its ComDev Week on Dec. 11 – 15, 2013 with the twin objectives; to increase the awareness and knowledge of the student youth  regarding the effects of climate change; and, to motivate them towards taking action in protecting the environment through engaging in the outreach and extension programs of the university.  http://www.arellano.edu.ph/news-and-articles/comdev-week-highlighted-awareness-climate-change-and-community-empowerment

Perhaps it is also important to point our children to the importance of getting involved with the preservation of natural resources. Often, the young ones are already loaded with school, domestic and social responsibilities. Then when they reached adulthood, they will be so overwhelmed with how to make money. What about community service that includes world preservation in general? Well, we can always start at home by doing the simplest thing of segregating our garbage and so much more as time goes by!

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3 Billion US$ Needed to Rebuild Damages of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Provinces and regions of the Philippines3 Billion US dollars is a lot of money for the typhoon stricken Eastern region in the Philippines – but this can be raised with the help of foreign donations. Japan is one of the current countries donating for the rehabilitation of the area. This was announced during the interview of the President in Tokyo last Friday.

Read this media report:

 

Philippine typhoon rebuilding to cost $3bn: Aquino

By: Yahoo

The Philippines will need nearly $3 billion to rebuild parts of the country destroyed by the deadliest typhoon in its history, the presidential palace said Saturday.  http://ph.news.yahoo.com/philippine-typhoon-rebuilding-cost-3bn-aquino-083533205–finance.html


No matter how  expensive the money that has to be paid, this is not the major concern. It is troubling enough watching the pleas of the typhoon victims whom most of them lost a loved done if not all. What would life be without the people you care about? Yes, losing someone is a passing stage in life – but losing them drastically like this incident is enough to make a surviving person psychologically unstable. Hope that a great scale of help will come for this need at the soonest possible time.

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Roxas’ Statement is Poor Taste


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By: Elena Grace Flores

Talakayan 2010
Talakayan 2010 (Photo credit: The Philippine Online Chronicles)

At the height of the Typhoon Yolanda disaster, no Filipino will be thinking anymore that the Mayor of Tacloban is Romualdez, the maiden surname of former first lady Imelda Marcos and the President is Aquino, surname of the late President Cory Aquino and her son who is the current president. Although it’s unbelievable that this statement was uttered in the disaster debriefing. Read about this statement by Mar Roxas that exhibits his poor taste:

WATCH: Mar telling Tacloban mayor ‘You are a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino’

By: www.philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines – A video showing Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas’ meeting with Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez surfaced in the video sharing site, YouTube, on Monday.

It was the same day that Romualdez appeared before the congressional oversight committee on the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 at the Senate, where the mayor accused Roxas of playing politics at the height of the relief operations for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City. http://www.philstar.com/news-videos/2013/12/10/1266468/watch-mar-telling-tacloban-mayor-you-are-romualdez-and-president


Mar Roxas’ justification why he said that poor statement is even more devious. His sarcasm when telling the media that the mayor may not have a clear mind anymore because of the intensity of the damages – added to his already deteriorating image. He sounds like a gossiping sissy in a beauty parlor. Wondering if the rumor is true!
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Justin Bieber Surprise in Tacloban

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Never Say Never (Justin Bieber song)
Never Say Never (Justin Bieber song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is already a big deal seeing foreign people helping out in Tacloban after Typhoon Yolanda’s devastation – but what more if that foreigner is Justin Bieber? This is just a low profile event and the international star was seen having some fun while playing basketball with the children who survived the disaster. Such a humble and heartfelt gesture from a very famous youngster. Get inspired by reading this:

Justin Bieber performs for Tacloban kids

By: RAPPLER.COM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Pop megastar Justin Bieber sang to and played basketball with young survivors of the Philippines’ deadliest typhoon Tuesday, December 10, after he flew into the disasterzone to boost an international relief effort. http://www.rappler.com/entertainment/45626-justin-bieber-visit-yolanda-areas


In the midst of sorrow, depression and hopelessness – the kind presence alone of Justin Bieber draw lots of hope, inspiration and happiness among the affected ones. Not to mention their excitement in spending some moments with him. Unicef’s participation in this event is very much appreciated and to Justin Bieber, thank you for caring for the less fortunate. You are one in a million!

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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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