MANILA — Environmental advocates, climate activists, breastfeeding mothers and artists joined together in marking the first anniversary of typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan). Organized by environmental group Kalikasan PNE, the activities at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, Nov. 8, were dubbed as Metro Manila Surge and a part of the Global Day of Solidarity for…
“One year after, thousands of our kababayans in Yolanda-hit areas find it difficult to recover from the tragedy, receiving little or no aid from government. They remain insecure in their temporary shelter and have no means for sustainable livelihood.”
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MANILA – Different youth groups held a mud-protest in solidarity wit the survivors of typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) on Nov. 7, Friday, on the eve of its first anniversary. Youth and students from the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) joined by labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno marched from Morayta to Chino Roces…
People Surge, along with other survivors groups and people’s mutual aid movements under the newly-formed Daluyong National Network of Disaster Survivors, are calling for the ouster of President Benigno Aquino III for his continuing “disastrous criminal negligence,” a full year after Yolanda.
“It’s a common trend that we’ve seen in different communities in Mindanao that the government is not doing its job like providing social services and upholding peasants’ rights and protecting the environment.”
The April 2014 nationwide survey shows that 84.2 percent of respondents perceived their livelihood as the same (53.1 percent) or worse (31.1 percent).
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Despite the claims of the Aquino government that they are doing their best, typhoon survivors still dwell on tents today; they still suffer from hunger; there is still no meaningful program for reconstructing their livelihood; and worse, they are called various names by officials of the Aquino government.
Today, the survivors of Yolanda’s wrath are also finding it difficult to get back on their feet, not only because they lack appropriate services from the government — on the contrary they are being “evicted” and forced to accept loans or “cosmetic” solutions of short-term jobs – they also have to contend with increased military deployment.
“Subsistence fisherfolk need new boats, at least 10-12 horse power motor engines and new nets because all their fishing gears were swept away during super typhoon Yolanda.”
“The lives of women, especially those from the marginalized sectors, have worsened rather than improved belying the Aquino government’s claim of inclusive growth.” – Gabriela