In the wake of Typhoon “Glenda,” the numbers are in, and they seem, well, in a sense, encouraging: 40 dead compared to 200 when Typhoon “Milenyo”—a storm of comparable strength—struck in 2006; zero deaths and zero major injuries in the City of Manila; likewise with Albay, which bore the brunt of the storm but reported zero casualties; and more than 400,000 people evacuated to higher grounds both in Metro Manila and in the provinces, with most residents cooperating fully this time and not taking lightly the government warnings to remove themselves from the path of disaster.
By Peter Wallace
But isn’t it always time to think of others?
By Karl M. Gaspar
Instead of being a time of joy and hope, November and December last year might as well be the season of Lent, a time of grief and despair for some 16 million Filipinos living in 14 provinces along the path of Super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan).
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 [...]