Resiliency over Adversity: A month after Yolanda

Yesterday, as we approach Ormoc City the damages done by Yolanda was beyond my expectations. Coming from the Visayas region it was more heartbreaking to see your people trying to rebuild what they lost (more unexplainable feelings when I hear stories about the death of their families, relatives and friends). Some said, they already accepted it, however at least they should find their bodies. Approaching to Tacloban from Palo, Tananuan and Tolosa was more extremely devastated. As of now, I reserve my judgment on how the President defines ‘normalcy’. I know it is really hard for the victims to start over, but to witness them trying to move forward is just so uplifting. It’s been a month since Yolanda yet some areas still look like war zones. Let’s not stop helping our fellow countrymen. More than immediate assistance, a simple show of sympathy, not pity is what they need. Let’s build a better Tacloban.

Seriously, this place turned out into something I only see in movies. Burning of debris everywhere to serve as source of light, police and military checkpoints, devastated buildings and homes, people seeking shelter on streets, unwanted smell of air because of dead bodies and foreign teams into assessment of recovery.

This is a new starting point for the people of Visayas and the government. We’ve invested so much to industrialization and commercialization and lost track of agriculture – something that the government should take into account for rehab and reconstruction.

I do not know if people here receive enough but I must say, they need more.

A boy plays sepak takraw in SOS Village as his father watches him.

A boy plays sepak takraw in SOS Village as his father watches him.

A shipping line ashores the coast line near Tacloban City that ravaged the houses near the shore.

A shipping line ashores the coast line near Tacloban City that ravaged the houses near the shore.

A man who works again as tricycle driver in Tacloban City.

A man who works again as tricycle driver in Tacloban City.

Homes turned into pieces of debris near the shore line of Tacloban City.

Homes turned into pieces of debris near the shore line of Tacloban City.

Children play near devastated area in Tacloban City.

Children play near devastated area in Tacloban City.

Residents selling products from nearby provinces to earn income to survive.

Residents selling products from nearby provinces to earn income to survive.

A man cleans the walls of Sto. Niño Parish.

A man cleans the walls of Sto. Niño Parish.

Portrait of Christ on dumped baskets.

Portrait of Christ on dumped baskets.

A room in a residential house damaged by Yolanda in Sampaguita St., Tacloban City.

A room in a residential house damaged by Yolanda in Sampaguita St., Tacloban City.

An old lady sits outside her house remembering Yolanda.

An old lady sits outside her house remembering Yolanda.

A young boy sells his goods while a man stops over at the shed that says: "I LOVE TACLOBAN"

A young boy sells his goods while a man stops over at the shed that says: “I LOVE TACLOBAN”

Photos taken via Instagram: @rjamesbarrete

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