"It seems that when Mother Nature wants to send an urgent message to humankind, it sends it via Philippines," Walden Bello wrote in Philippine Daily Inquirer. "This year, the messenger was Yolanda a.k.a. Haiyan."
Entering Ph area of responsibility on 6 November, Yolanda relinquished the acerbic torrent is has been building on its water odyssey to the country. Finally on the 8th of this month, after a day of temperance, Visayas - one of the major islands of the Ph - was brought to a massive damage.
Truly, Visayas faced pity-arousing catastrophe. Commercial were ruined, residential areas were almost cleanly washed, at least 9.53 citizens affected (at least 3000 of which were reported and confirmed dead).
The world responded by giving millions of cash money that when converted to Philippine peso would reach some billions. Also, dry goods were donated and medical (and other humanitarian) services were spared.
The Philippine government estimated a 20 billion Ph peso budget for the restoration of Visayas. But Philippine has always been a third world country. I, 15-year old student, don't think that the restoration will commence soon.
I understand, however, that the Philippine government its officials are doing their best. (Nonverbatim: "Ginagawa naman namin ang aming makakaya pero walang aksyon ang sapat" / "We are doing our best; only, no action is enough," DILG Secretary Mar Roxas said in one TV interview.
We can only imagine has significant the typhoon was. But it is don. Well (though it is a cliché I shall nevertheless mention it), we can't do anything to undo the damages - the physical damages.
Yes, there are other conceivable damages the typhoon brought. May the Filipinos not let the material loss weaken their faith.
No torrent is acerbic as long as there are innocent minds who make the most of this.
A voice can ignite an uproar; but it takes everyone to make the change happen.
Our mural's slogan.
(c)II-Rosal, Philippines Science High School-CVC