It is good to know that many survivors are now safely transported from the devastated towns of Leyte and Samar to Manila. However it makes you think if this action is actually a good one. Maybe it is, maybe it’s not, but one thing is for sure, so many people from Leyte and Samar are now in Manila, and not all of them have relatives here or even a place to stay. Some even thought that they were going to be transported to Cebu but they were brought to Manila instead.
I just hope the DSWD will be able to help all those displaced and homeless people I have encountered. Tent cities are being built in Manila and in Cebu as well, and those will definitely help a lot but we can’t be sure for how long.
Also, it’s flooding with relief goods. I only have this hopeful idea that all those will be distributed to the survivors.
Anyway, it’s always a good thing that Filipinos are helping one another, uniting all efforts so our fellowmen will find it less difficult to rebuild their lives. Loss of loved ones is already a huge and heavy load for them so the basic needs (shelter, clothing, food) and giving guidance towards health and wellness are things that we can provide for them.
Here are some photos of us and of some scenes from Villamor Airbase. (photos by Sir Quiel)
Donating and/or giving time to help is not just an act of kindness, it’s also a responsibility towards your moral obligation. And although it feels good to know that you have helped, it will never be about you. It’s always about those people you are giving time to.