Monday, May 11, 2009

Ravaged


It was like an atomic bomb has been dropped in my little town. As the bus passed along villages, one cannot waver at the communal feeling of sorrow and sadness because of homes destroyed and lives lost as typhoon “Emong” (codename: Chan Hom) wreaked havoc Thursday evening, May 7th in Western Pangasinan. Our house in Bani was not spared from the ravaging storm packing winds of 150 kph with gustiness of 185 kph uprooting electric posts and trees, toppling off cars and trucks, displacing thousands of families from their homes.

I have never seen first-hand such a tragedy and stark irresponsibility in my whole life. It is in these times that you ask immediate relief and aid from the government and you get nothing in response but the same voice that you heard while you say those words. News came Friday that relief operations were on the way to affected towns and communities but as to when will those promised help filter in to the helpless families who have no roofs under their heads while torrential rain continues is still a million dollar question (not so during election time of course). Only in the Philippines. Families are left on their own to fix their homes while they put makeshift shelters near the road local government officials sit down and talk about how they would deal with loots brought in by the automatic release of calamity funds. Our incarcerated community leader has been filling in news from his cell that families will receive aid equally whether rich or poor and it made the poor people cry foul necessarily but what do you expect from a mad man who has no sense of justice at all. So that compounds the gravity of the problem: bad leaders plus ravaging storms plus poor communities equal: catastrophe.

So here I am, appealing to you all who will have the chance to read this to help in spreading the news that our communities need help in order for families in this part of the country rebuild their lives which were gravely disrupted and shattered by the recent calamity and the irresponsibility of the government. What they show and feature in the news is a minute reflection of the overall disaster here in Pangasinan. Government officials are always quoted in the news commenting on the damage to the fisheries owned by a few affluent businessmen but where are the countless people left homeless and what about the efforts to help them? We have yet to see and get help.

9 comments:

Lydia said...

This is terrible news, and completely a shock to me to read this 38 minutes after you posted it. It hasn't been on our news. I read the Sunday paper yesterday and if there was a piece about your storm then it must have been well hidden amongst advertisements.

I am heartsick that your family home was among those affected, Dex. You appealed in this post for we who read this to spread the word. Question: if I donate here at your blog using your donate button are you in touch with any organization or group that is handling relief, and could you get the money to where it would most be of help? I can make a donation to the Red Cross, for instance, but it's doubtful the money would get directly to Pangasinan.

I'm so, so sorry for the suffering and the ineptitude of the leaders. It really does remind me of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans under the Bush administration.....

Knox Galen said...

My new blog does not possess the strength and influence it once had. But if it would help to copy paste your entry and put a link going here, guess that's the part I could offer.

It is my hope that other bloggers would pick it up.

deus ex machina said...

@ Lydia

Thank you for your kindness. No groups or organizations are active in the area to respond to the needs of those who were affected but the local government. I am planning to organize here in the community to pool funds for our common benefit because our family too is in distress. You can donate here for the meantime and once the group is organized it will be forwarded automatically. Thank you very much for your help. I will try to email you today about the updates. . .Thank you!

@Knox

Thanks bro. I owe you one.

deus ex machina said...

@Knox

But why did you leave Pulsar? Could you email me?

Lydia said...

Dex,
Done.....$$ posted and should be your way soon.

I am so sorry, so sorry for this turmoil and sadness.
xo

deus ex machina said...

Mom,

thank you very much. . .thank you for everything. thought you're online in facebook. would like to talk to you but sadly, you were suddenly offline. hope we could talk some other time.

Dex

Deo said...

I think the Provincial Government must create an organization that will provide this kind of service... NGO's maybe... or Health Organization or Disaster Org...

"Make Money Online Pangasinan" said...

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The Snappy Sparrow said...

wanna see a "Before and After Typhoon Emong" photos?

Check this out.

http://photochism.blogspot.com/2009/07/before-and-after.html

nasa bolinao ako nung bumagyo..