MILLENNIALS ON THE MOVE: The Woes of the Yolanda Survivors REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

MILLENNIALS ON THE MOVE: The Woes of the Yolanda Survivors Featured


Healing comes with great cost, especially on the heels of P-noy’s mis-governance. It has been 3 years, and the ghost of the past still haunts the administration who failed to rise from the situation. It was an ugly scenario, when the former DILG secretary Mar Roxas denied assistance, or to put it right, made it difficult for the LGUs to gather support just because they hailed from the rival parties. That was a painful demonstration and reality of political stalemates in the Philippine system taken into the most inappropriate of situations, in the middle of a calamity.

Gone are those politicians, but the woes of the Yolanda survivors remain to be howling the core of their conscience. The challenge now is in the hands of the present administration as it holds the leverage of re-building the communities devastated by the storm. Aside from that, it has to go after the big polluters who should be held culpable for the gas emissions that adversely affected our country. They can wash their hands clean from all their sins, but how we wish peace escapes them in their sleep!

As of now, 63% of the needed shelters haven’t been built and only 1,017 or 32 percent had been completed. The survivors lost all hopes of acquiring decent homes and even opted not to avail of the core shelter program. One of the reasons for the delay is in the difficulty of finding re-location areas which should be the responsibility of the local government units.

If we put all these culprits in a police lineup, we can easily pick out the few immoral personalities who benefited from the tragedy. This is what happens when all the decision-making powers are concentrated in a central government, leaving no room for local and regional leaders to choose what’s best for their constituents, decisions affecting their lives that would have alleviated them from their dire situations.

So why are we where we are right now?

This is a question for the Yolanda survivors, a question for us, as a nation.
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