- Posted December 3, 2013 by
TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Typhoon Haiyan: Your stories
The Storm that tested the Government
During the first few days after Typhoon Haiyan, Taclobanons already felt the pain of living in the aftermath of the typhoon as food and water supply of the city is slowly bogging down, people has no shelter, food, clean water, clothing. Everywhere you go, there are signs of hopelessness and desperation, the saddest part is when our medical facilities bogged down due to scarcity of medicines and lack of medical supplies. People then became unruly, looting ensued, robbery became prevalent, crime rate of the city went up. People have asked " where is the help from the National Government?
When we first saw airplanes and helicopters flying overhead, it is the greatest sigh of relief for us in Tacloban City, as it is a sign that somewhere somehow, there are people who care for us. Now we taclobanons know that we are cared for by the International Community as relief poured from countries around the globe. To the countries who extended us HELP AND ASSISTANCE in this trying times, I say THANK YOU. I know that simply saying THANK YOU may never be enough to express our sincerest gratitude. We can never repay you but God will bless you.
To this day, despite the overwhelming International Help we receive, many Taclobanons are still hungry. Many casualties may still be added not because of the direct effect of HAIYAN, but due to hunger due to the corruption and incompetence of some people in our government. You may ask, Why is this so?
Let me explain the political structure of the Philippines. The Philippines is divided into several provinces and regions, Leyte and Samar are two different provinces under one region known as region 8. Under Philippine laws, when a city is considered as HUC (Highly Urbanized City) it is not within the jurisdiction of the province. Therefore Tacloban City is in Region 8 but not under the jurisdiction of the Province of Leyte. The reason is that an HUC has its own charter and its not under the control of the Provincial Governor. Unverified reports that might be unknown to many, and for some political reasons, when relief goods are entrusted to the Governor, relief goods are not released to the City Mayor of Tacloban City to the detriment of its people. There are even reports of hoarding relief goods and there are unconfirmed reports that some relief goods coming from the International community are being repacked here in the Philippines to change its contents and some even sold in other parts of the country.
Bottom line is this, Please continue helping us, without your aid, people in Tacloban will immensely suffer, BUT PLEASE GIVE YOUR ASSISTANCE DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE, DON'T COURSE IT THROUGH THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT...GIVE RELIEF GOODS TO THE VICTIMS, DO NOT ENTRUST IT TO OUR GOVERNMENT. I AM REALLY PROUD TO BE A FILIPINO, SAD TO SAY, I AM ASHAME OF MY GOVERNMENT.