On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) hit the Philippines and left thousands dead and millions more homeless in its wake.
“It is the children we are worried about. They cannot bear hunger. Adults can manage but not children.”
While Yolanda survivors arrive in droves in Manila and Cebu, there are those who embark on a journey back to typhoon-ravaged areas to know about the fate of their families and kin. Will they find relief or sorrow when they arrive in their hometown?
“We’re a country that encounters over 20 typhoons each year yet up until now, the national government has yet to install a clear and rational disaster plan that puts premium on disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction. Despite the allocation of a P7.5 billion ($174 million) calamity fund for 2013, the absence of proper disaster battle plan that should be created and installed by the national government to mitigate disasters renders the billions of pesos for calamity fund questionable.” – Kabataan Party Rep. Terry Ridon