I think I echo the sentiments of most of the people who had waited for news about the the Visayas region after Typhoon Yolanda (international name, typhoon Haiyan) ploughed through the islands in the central part of the Philippines. At first I thought that “wala lang,” that the earlier reports on how strong the typhoon was were wrong or that the typhoon’s intensity had lowered after it hit land or that the people and the local governments were able to prepare for it. So wrong. There were no news at around noon Friday because communication was down. When reports started coming in, the scenes of devastation were just appalling. And then reading the papers today…
My mom would say that at times like this, people have to strengthen their resolve. “Lakasan ang loob.” So that’s what I’m wishing for them. I wish them strength and for them not to lose hope. And I know that I am not alone in this. I’ve also been seeing people inquiring on how they could help.
For me, the easiest way to would be by donating a certain amount to Philippine Red Cross through sms/text message. Text to 2899 (Globe) 4143 (Smart): red<space>amount . Globe accepts denominations of P5, P25, P50, P100, P300, P500 and P1000 while for Smart it’s P10, P25, P50, P100, P300, P500 and P1000. If your load is set to expire soon, why not donate it? Sure is better than just letting it disappear to nothing.
With the pork barrel scam and the confirmation of fake NGOs, it’s best to send help through reputable channels and groups. Visit this post by Rappler for more organizations that have ongoing relief operation drives. Donations are most appreciated as is volunteer work.
This reminds of when I was in SG after that awful earthquake that struck Japan. I saw Japanese people cosplaying on Orchard Road, their way of creating awareness and rallying people to support their cause. There was also a donation booth between the Tampines MRT and Tampines Bus Terminal and those manning it would approach people for donations for earthquake victims.
Thank you to everyone who have been and would be lending their hands and sharing words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for including the Visayas region in your thoughts. Thank you for all your prayers.