Good News: #YolandaPH Relief Pictures

What I’ve been hearing and seeing the past three days are all bad news, with almost anyone expressing their disappointment and exasperation over the government’s relief efforts for the Yolanda typhoon victims. I admit I am not a PNoy fan, but I am willing to set aside my dislike for the president, until conditions improve at least. I think in tragedies like this, we have to channel our energy to more worthwhile things–such as volunteering, donating, and sharing useful information. So, I decided to post pictures which I got from various sources to show people that help is reaching the victims. The response may not be as swift as other countries, but you can’t say that the victims are being neglected.

Below are proof (more pictures to come) that relief efforts by the government, NGOs, and private organizations are ongoing:

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November 15, 2013. TOP: Baby boy Israel is born in the Israeli Defense Forces field hospital in Bogo City, Cebu, named after the country that helped her mother give birth. Photo from the Twitter account of IDF Spokesman for International Media Peter Lerner; BOTTOM: screenshot from http://www.rappler.com

GoodNews9November 15, 2013. International aid reaches Tacloban City. Screenshot from http://www.usatoday.com

GoodNews1November 14, 2013. Screenshot from Disaster’s Emergency Committee/World Vision Flickr; location unspecified.

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November 14, 2013. Military forces reach Pan de Azucar island in Concepcion, Iloilo for relief operations on Thursday a week after Yolanda struck the region. “Our efforts are not just in Eastern Visayas,” tweeted AFP via http://www.gmanetwork.com

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November 13, 2013. Screenshot from Philippine Red Cross, Ormoc operations

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November 11, 2013. President Benigno S. Aquino III leads relief operations in Roxas City. Photo from http://www.gov.ph

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November. 9, 2013. Typhoon victims in Tacloban, a city on the eastern island of Leyte, line up for relief goods from DSWD in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Photo by Noel Celis via http://www.globalpost.com

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November 6, 2013. Days ahead of Yolanda, Salagan Child Care Project (SCCP) and Compassion International – Philippines (CIPH) distributed relief to Balangkayan Eastern Samar. Photos by Bryan Azura via http://www.sinirangan-news.net

Spread the good vibes, my fellow Pinoy! If you have more photos to share, just leave the link in the comments section and I will do the rest. In the meantime, let’s be more productive than reactive by devoting our time in helping. For more information on how to donate, go to this link. 🙂

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Typhoon Yolanda, with international name Haiyan, is moving closer to the Philippines, carrying “maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour near the center, and gusts of up to 185 km/h” according to PAGASA. It is said to be one of the strongest and the most dangerous typhoons to ever hit the country.

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Weather Philippines is advising that “Residents and visitors along Northeastern Mindanao, Visayas, Bicol Region and Eastern Luzon should closely monitor the development of Haiyan.” The government and LGUs have been anticipating the damage the super typhoon may cause, and as early as yesterday have posted several hotlines that the people may contact in case there is a need for rescue. Here are several;

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  TO MY FELLOW BICOLANOS:

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If you wish to donate for the typhoon Yolanda victims, and I encourage you to do so, here are some options:

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OR GO TO THIS LINK.

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I will update this list as soon as I get more information. In the meantime, please please keep yourselves, loved ones, and pets safe. Evacuate if the LGUs order you to do so. Let’s keep praying that this typhoon will weaken once it makes a landfall. It would be a miracle, but there’s nothing impossible with prayer. We have always been resilient, I know we’ll come out of this better and stronger.