Relief efforts in the province of Antique, Western Visayas, Philippines are on-going to help those affected by the super mega typhoon Frank. And yet, there seems to be not enough of the basic supplies such as food, medicines and clothing, among others. Mr. Fridy Panaguiton, head of Kinaray-a.com, Inc., one of the NGOs spearheading relief efforts in Antique, mentioned that both the haves and the have-nots stand side by side in receiving the dole outs. People have lost all their belongings and livelihoods. They have to start from scratch. The immediate need now is what to eat from day to day.
June 27, 2008
June 24, 2008
We woke up with shock to hear what happened a few days ago in the Philippines, particularly in my province, Antique, and nearby provinces in Panay Island. Frank the super-super typhoon caused havoc and destruction, flash floods – from water rushing from the mountains, burst dams, high tide coinciding with lots of water, strong waves and winds causing ships and barges to overturn and sink, loss of many lives … Most of the places destroyed are rice growing areas. The rice has just been planted, so come October, there will not be enough rice to harvest. Even before the storm the country, as in other places, was already facing many crises, from economic to political, and now this … If we do not have hope, we will think that it is the end of the world. But thank God, there is always hope. As long as the sun rises in the morning and sets in the afternoon, there is hope. And during these troubled times, with people grieving for their lost loved ones, with people rendered homeless, penniless, facing starvation and thirst, and many more … we have hope because those who have something to share are giving hope to all those affected. The outpouring of love and care and devotion to help in so many ways, from both near and far, goes beyond duty. We could not just turn away from this situation. Let us do our part in helping, wherever we are, so those affected will not lose hope. That they can keep looking up to heaven to thank Him who compels all to love and to help and to give. Thanks to everybody who has helped in one way or another … let us continue with the good works which God has prepared for us in advance to do.