Fundraising Left and Right
Typhoon Yolanda brought unexpected loss of life and property that Filipinos worldwide mobilized to send goods and money. Dito na lang sa Toronto, hindi na tayo magkanda-ugaga. Weekends were jampacked with concerts, events and aprties all to raise funds to help our kababayans. This is something good about us Filipinos. We are ready to help aour kababayans at a moment's notice.
Nobody even bothered to ask if the money and goods are all going to reach the victims. This is the unspoken truth. We all know that not all of this relief effort will reach out kababayans. But there is another point. For those of us who are sincerely giving help with the belief that it will reach the victims, it is enough that we give. The conscience of the givers is clear. If somebody in the middle decides to steal aid that is supposed to be for the victims, wala na tayong magagawa. We give becasue we care. If we do not give because we believe that it will not reach the victims anyway, that is the prerogative of others. But if you have not given anything at all and are using that excuse all the time, you probably have no intention of helping anyone in your life anyway.
Journalist Romy Zetazate and other Filipinos was with councillor Raymond Cho at Scarboorugh Centre. Councillor Cho, who is Chinese, was doing all the talking, and asking people to donate to the typhoon Yolanda victims. Then, a group of Filipinos passed by and asked him if the money is even going to reach the Philippines.
"That was the embarassing part," said Zetazate. "Here was a Chinese councillor, doing all he can to convince people to donate to the relief effort in the Philippines and our fellow Filipinos will treat him that way."
It is nakakahiya nga. Para bang minamaliit pa nila iyong ginagawa ni Councillor Cho. I agree with Zetazate. Those Filipinos probably never gave anything in their life and they are using that excuse as justification to be makunat. Kung hindi mo gusto na mahalata na makunat ka, tumahimik ka na lang.
Legalities to help?
According to Roxas, he just needs a letter to say what they need to do and what Tacloban can do so each one knows what their responsibilities are. Naku ha. Why is a letter suddenly needed to help a devastated area after all these years? Did they ask Bohol for a letter when the earthquake hit? Besides, you are the national government and Tacloban is part of the Philippines. Let me put it this way. You see a town with no houses standing, do you ome and ask, what do you need? Hindi ba commonsense, they need shelter.
Where are the goods?
President Aquino was bragging that they are ready. They said that planes are loaded with goods at the vicinity to be delivered when the storm passes. bakit nang matapos ang typhoon, walang nag-landing na goivernment planes? Bakit puro relief airplanes ng foreign governments ang duamating?
Image is Everything
Whys is it that evertime there is a typhhon, there is a video of a man putting rice in plastic manually? After all these storm, shouldn't they ahve a autoamted dispenser by now? By the way, why are we fond of giving rice? Where are the people going to cook them if they are devastated. There is no electricity. There is no gas. There are no houses. It is all symbolic becasue we Filipinos love rice. But at times like these, it is useless.