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By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
“Hurricanes destroy earthquakes shatter, war rips apart, economies collapse, businesses go bankrupt, people die. This is the way of the world. Human suffering is based on wanting to change the things that have happened and wanting to change people. When we understand that the only thing we can change is our response to people and [...]
The year 2013 was another banner year for the Philippines, though some would surely disagree. The fact is, despite the natural and manmade calamities that struck the country last year, such as the devastating Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” its economy still grew by 7.2 percent, with the manufacturing sector contributing much in the last quarter. The economic [...]
People are wondering if this government is learning its lessons. Typhoons in the Philippines are expected and recurring climate phenomena. Death and destruction happen every year because of typhoons.
It’s a small yet weighty activity that builds on the next stage in the continuing effort to assist the survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” get back on their feet.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Wilma and Jong are “Yolanda” survivors, along with their son, who is in college. But Wilma’s eyes have the dull look of grief, and tears threaten to spill when Jong fishes out his cell phone and displays a photo of their daughter Jahan, who was 15 and a high school senior when the supertyphoon hit their seaside barangay.
By Al Francis D. Librero
It’s been more than a month since disaster struck central Philippines. While relief operations are still ongoing, the slow rebuilding process is, or will soon be at hand. People who have closely watched the news and read the articles have probably heard of how this should be handled. There is a lot of good information to be taken from them.
By Jorge Domecq
The natural calamities that have struck the Philippines in the last two months, and particularly Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” have triggered an unprecedented wave of solidarity from international organizations and countries around the world, Spain in particular. The volume of the response in terms of emergency relief is unheard of.
By Tony Oposa Jr.
A study conducted by the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration shows the Earth’s sea surface temperatures. Notice the dark red portion on the right side of the map? There lies the hottest sea surface temperature. Notice which country lies right in the middle of it? Isn’t that our precious chain of 7,100 islands known as the Philippines? So what does this map mean?
Admittedly, Supertyphoon “Yolanda” was the worst, most devastating and deadliest typhoon ever to hit our country.
So Panfilo Lacson—former senator, former presidential candidate, former national police chief—will be President Aquino’s point person for the massive post-“Yolanda” rehabilitation program.
By Narciso M. Reyes Jr.
While the pious among us continue to wag accusing fingers at the looters in devastated Tacloban City, it would be wise for them to pause and reflect on the universality of this seemingly perverse human instinct. For it is obvious that just as in individuals there is a tipping point in behavior when civility or [...]
The rebuilding of the Visayas provinces devastated by a major earthquake and Supertyphoon “Yolanda” should not be led by a so-called “reconstruction czar.” The government should not assume that the success of massive rehabilitation depends on one man. Given the scale of the devastation in terms of human lives lost and missing persons, livelihoods and [...]