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article imageOp-Ed: Flood crisis testing resiliency of Filipino people Special

By Alfredo Ancheta     Aug 8, 2012 in Environment
As of 11 p.m. tonight, estimates put more than 1 million people were flooded in extensive areas of Luzon due to yesterday’s Southwest moonsoon rains. This figure is based on emergency rescue and forced evacuation head counts (ABS-CBN NEWS) report.
This suggests that as of this writing, more people are still trapped, stranded and isolated in areas under water waiting for rescuers. The AFP and PNP Civil Defense Commands and other agencies of the National Government are mobilized for rescue operations. Local Government officials in the affected areas are bound heaven and earth to do within their powers to and their respective officials initiate, coordinate and administer the rescue and relief operations.
Department of Social Welfare and Development is the lead government agency taking very active roles in the relief operations. City and municipal and provincial offices of the department leave no stone unturned to be able to deliver services to the people.
Philippine National Red Cross is on hand doing its share in saving lives. It is known that wherever and whenever the disaster is, Red Cross of the Philippines is always there. It is a mover and pusher of actions in calamities.
Private organizations are very much visible in actions in the disaster areas. They came with life giving spirits and life maintaining and extending goods and goodies. They were substantial in numbers seen in real and sincere actions to help save lives in the flood stricken areas. Regardless of the "photo Ops" and coverage, they were there to serve heartily. No need to mention them. Their actions and deeds were all important.
The calamity related difficulties and sufferings are undeniable. So much anxieties, fears and uncertainties dominated the hearts, minds and wills of the victims. The dead shall be given decently humane emergency burials. The sick and ailing are nursed and given foods. The wet and hungry are clothed to warm and then fed. No discernible bright faces of the survivors because of the insecurities inflicted. Their properties destroyed. Means of livelihood damaged. They become subjects and objects of benevolent and humanitarian actions, services and deed.
Once again, yesterday’s born calamity test the resiliency of the Filipino people. It rekindles the will to survive and linger on out of nothing. It exorcises out of dormancy the time honored and tested “Bayanihan spirit” in every Filipino in order to weather the impacts of the disaster.
The same Bayanihan Spirit gave the will to survive consequent of Ondoy’s wrath about four years ago in almost exactly the same areas. It was same spirit that resuscitated the wilted and broken lives at the aftermath of Sendong that hit Cagayan de Oro City and Northern Mindanao of about same time last year.
Casting blame to anyone about the flood debacle is indicative of sick and ailing minds. Pointing accusing fingers to one another does not facilitate the administration of remedial measures to normalize lives of the victims. Rather, it will only delay the jobs needed to be done as soon as possible.
The heavily distorted and broken lives of victims of yesterday’s monsoon rains seem difficult to mend. However, to make them become aware about people around willing in every way to help will infuse in them the guts and desire to get up and continue to live.
The victims and survivors must not be starved of the hope and will to live become better human beings and Filipino citizens. Precisely, that is the primary purpose they were rescued from dangers, attended to and provided them with the needs to once again, carry on their lives.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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