Typhoon Relief


The nation and the world were beginning to realize that enormity of the damage wrought by ‘Super” Typhoon Yolanda. The primary focus was on Tacloban City, where the media converged. ABS-CBN’s Korina Sanchez and CNN’s Anderson Cooper covered the Tacloban disaster (and for comic relief amid the devastation, had a row about a seemingly childish issue given the crisis at hand).

International aid was starting to pour in. The generosity of people from across the globe is so heartwarming and admirable. But, like any major catastrophe, the logistical challenge of distributing aid is simply enormous. Coupled with local political turf wars and unscrupulous scoundrels, the task of getting the right help to the right people is a very daunting task.

Help from local politicians also reached the affected areas.

President Benigno S. Aquino III visited Roxas City on Sunday, November 10, accompanied by Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel (Mar) Roxas II and other national and local government officials. They proceeded to Culasi, Roxas City to distribute relief goods.

Vice President Binay (campaigning early?) followed later with relief goods.

Binay - Plastic

International relief agencies and foreign governments started sent their relief personnel to the Philippines and the Canadian relief contingent had a massive presence in Capiz.

Galen S. Altavas

Galen Altavas has worked in both the private and public sectors both in the Philippines and the United States, as a rural banker, fishpond operator, marketing manager, financial analyst, IT manager and IT project manager. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ateneo de Manila University and an MBA in Finance from the Seattle University in Seattle, WA. He resides in Baybay, Roxas City, Philippines and Seattle, WA.