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Justice, not just relief

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Those who survived possibly the most powerful typhoon ever to hit land should never have had to wait for days under the rubble for rescue, to “steal” from the dead to stay alive, to sleep beside the bodies of their dead children, or to be crushed to death in a stampede for food. Sacks and sacks of rice should never have lain uncooked for even just a day in warehouses while thousands starved.

Posted: November 27th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

In aid of aid

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Think of this scenario right after an earthquake or a typhoon: people waiting for hours to get relief, which finally comes as a bag of rice or packets of instant noodles. The goods make people feel good, or so we think. The donors feel they’ve done their part. But the disaster survivors aren’t quite sure what to do next.

Posted: November 19th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Fast relief, rehab for calamity victims

During my trip to the Philippines in December 2012, I witnessed the devastation of communities in Compostela Valley.

Posted: April 15th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Day of reckoning

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So today is the day of reckoning for the reproductive health (RH) bill. Strictly speaking, only the House of Representatives is set to vote today on the controversial measure, but the result is key because the Senate, according to reports, will only vote on the bill next week if it is passed by the “larger” House.

Posted: December 11th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Front-page photo ‘unfair’

This has reference to a front-page photo captioned “Cry for help,” posted on Feb. 13, 2012 to illustrate an article published on Page A18. The picture depicted an old man crying for help as if he had not been reached by any assistance.

Posted: February 13th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Action, hope and faith

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One month after Tropical Storm “Sendong” struck through Northern Mindanao, particularly through the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., issued a report on the extent of the damage and the progress being made to address the needs of the survivors, including psycho-social support to help them get through the trauma they experienced.

Posted: January 25th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

New beginning

Mainly because of the private sector, relief efforts for the Mindanao and Visayan regions hardest hit by Tropical Storm “Sendong” have by and large stabilized the situation there, providing aid to victims and their families and restoring public services. But some areas in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan still have to see their water supply [...]

Posted: January 1st, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

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