The ‘late’ PNoy administration

Erwin Tulfo

Erwin Tulfo

The government’s relief efforts for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda may be too late. As of this writing, thousands of victims have not received any help from the government despite the billions of pesos of aid from abroad and the tons of relief packs of the Social Welfare department.

I almost fell of my seat when I heard Pnoy denying the slow response of his administration when interviewed by CNN Anchorwoman Christian Amanpour. The President even bragged that had it not been for the preemptive evacuation and planning of the government, the casualties could have been unimaginable.

Really now, Mr. President? However, the issue here Mr. President is not the preparations but the seemingly slow delivery of aid despite the fact that you have been in the office for more than three years and several dozens of calamities have struck the country. The government has not learned anything from its lapses or failures in the past, particularly in relief distribution and security of devastated areas.

Even CNN’s Anderson Cooper noticed the ineptness of this administration in delivering the much needed food and water to the multitude affected by the devastation. Cooper, who has been covering the aftermath of storms in third world countries, could not believe what he saw in Tacloban.

With all the resources of the government, such as aircraft, sea vessels, hundreds of vehicles and earth moving equipment, including thousands of police and military personnel, the much awaited relief goods of the Social Welfare office have not reached the hungry victims, bury the hundreds of dead bodies, or restore peace and order in typhoon-hit areas.

Instead of taking the criticism constructively, several Cabinet members were irked by Cooper’s observation, saying he does not know a lot of things about the country especially when it comes to the limited resources of the government.

While it is true that this administration is quick in running after corrupt officials, it is as inutile in helping its citizenry in need. This should be the shining moment of the Pnoy administration, however, it looks like this may be its biggest blunder or failure so far.

Let’s just hope that those who picked Pnoy to lead this nation did not waste their votes. Or did they?

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Many thanks
As me and my news team left Tacloban City last Saturday en route for Cebu, hundreds of typhoon victims in the area entrusted me with one plea, knowing I will broadcast their appeal when I get back to Manila.

Their message was clear and simple: food, water, and dry clothing as soon as possible.

The nation was moved after seeing videos of men, women, and children crying for food and water with their devastated homes as the backdrop while hundreds of corpses littered the streets not only in Tacloban City but in other parts of the province as well.

Thus, by Sunday morning, private corporations, individuals, and non-profit organizations, including the Alagang Kapatid Foundation of TV5 and the One Meralco Foundation, started raising funds for the victims.

By Monday morning, tons of relief goods were brought to the warehouses of various foundations and drop off centers in Metro Manila and other provinces. Hundreds of individuals volunteered to help pack these relief goods.

From the people in Tacloban who entrusted me with their plea when I left, their sincerest thanks to those who listened to their call for help and shared what they have for them.

“Maraming, maraming salamat daw po.”


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  1. richard concepcion on

    just like what i suspect politicians are very keen to be a selfist tulong ng ibang bansa gusto NAKALAGAY PA ANG PANGALAN NILA AS IF THE MONEY REALLY CAME FROM THEIR OWN POKET if they really want to help they should moved their BIG HEAVY ASS FROM THE DAY THE STORM PASSED and for MR PRESIDENT YOU’VE BEEN PUT IN THAT POSITION TO SERVE THE PEOPLE AND NOT TO BE SERVED BY THE PEOPLE YOU’RE LIKE A PUPET BEING MANIPULATED BY YOUR SAID ADVISER. and for you MISS SANCHES BE A PROFESSIONAL puro ka ngawa kulang sa gawa

  2. One week after Yolanda struck, many people are still without food, water, temporary shelters and many bodies of the dead still lie uncollected. This lack of adequate, coordinated relief response of the BS Aquino Administration says much how dumb, inept and corrupt the present administration is. I am ashamed that our people are treated inhumanely this way. The dead as well as the living should have been treated in a more compassionate manner by the corrupt bastards who rule over us.

  3. No amount of photo-ops can calm the hungry stomachs of our typhoon victims. Those PR men/publicists of government officials can’t read between the lines. What the victims need is food, water, dry clothes at once. Just listen to Mr. Tulfo. He knows what the victims direly needs at this time.

  4. asan ung sinasabi ni pnoy na ready na lahat b4 dumating ung typhoon???? isang malaking kasinungalingan….haiz

  5. Rafael Dela Monroyo on

    DSWD are still making preparations and repacking the relief goods to ensure every families affected by the storm are addressed. However, they still don’t know when and how are they going to deliver the goods. I would not be surprise to see the symbol of their office or the president’s office on the packages.

  6. Raymond Stenhouse on

    The filipino Government couldn’t manage a two man canoe with one person on leave.
    The Php 30000 canoe would have been a Php 1 million project.
    The oarsman who went on leave because he was hungry and wet.
    The remaining oarsman had to bring his own life saving jacket and oar.

  7. The LOUDMOUTHS of PNoy ; Coloma, Carandang, Korina Sanchez, Corina Ces Drillon, Lacierda among others. Were these men and women in Tacloban City during the week? I do not think so, yet they are talking ill and ciritical against the CNN personalities led by Anderson Cooper and others who were there on the ground and observed first-hand what was really going on. Now that BBC, New York Times, ABC, The Post ,Al Jajeera, even the UN representative and other foreign news organizations are singing the same tune as Anderson Cooper, what will these losers say? That these folks are lying?

  8. eh ano pa nga ba ang maaasahan ninyo….kundi anak siya ng bayani at santa, at hindi daw siya magnanakaw….

    hhhaaaissstt! excuse me pow! Napakatanga….siguro nga nababaliw na sa dami ng mga kapalpakan niya at eskandalo…

  9. We cannot deny that distribution of goods is really slow considering we have people there who need them to survive. I can’t help but think as well the possibility of survivors dying because help won’t reach them on time. Every time I open my social media accounts or watch the news, I can’t help but feel terribly sad, upset and a bit hopeless. 2 questions though. I believe Tacloban has been under an administration that is not supportive of the President. How are they getting along in terms of organizing things such as distribution of relief goods? Are their differences worsening what’s happening right now? Just questions that have been bugging me. Because I think in times like this everyone should only have one aim and that would be to help the typhoon victims. If their goal is otherwise, then better they just sit at home and not become a hindrance.

  10. how can we say that the resources of the government is limited when there are people like Napoles who milks the government of billions. perhaps if politicians and their extensions stop stealing and looting the monies of the government, then we can have a proactive government taking care of the peoples needs.

  11. Ronito Amigable on

    Prez B.S. Aquino III is trying his best to find ways to blame the Arroyo administration for his administration’s lackadaisical and slow response to adequately assist the victims. And to see him still wearing that yellow ribbon instead of the Philippines flag pin makes me vomit with splitting migraine headache. God bless the Philippines.

  12. Pinoy Makabayan on

    Anong “quick in running after corrupt officials”? YUn lang may atraso sa kanya tulad ni Gloria at Corona na pinabayaang mawala ang hacienda nila! Nasa harap niya ang mga congressman, senador, mga kkkkkkk niya na mga ubod ng corrupt, ni ayaw niyang pa imbestigahan. Nasaan ang paghahabol sa corrupt dun. At diba siya pa ang taga suhol?

  13. The DSWD, Sagip Kapamilya and other charitable organizations should pre-pack in advance all the relief supplies and crated so it can be drop to the affected areas after the storm. Dropping the supplies by air is better especially if roads and bridges are in-passable.

    The current procedure of packing the relief supplies after the storm hit is not advantageous in helping the victims of typhoons and other calamities.

    Or better yet, why can’t the government let the soldiers cook and prepare all the foods and distributed to the affected people. Cooking and preparing the foods should be done in every barangays affected by the calamity. Foods should be serve three times a day until the people finally recover from the tragedy. This system is advantageous especially if drinking water from wells is contaminated.

    Tents also must be immediately provided by the government to the people who lost their houses until their houses are re-built.

    Military doctors and nurses should be deployed one day after the calamity to treat the sick and injured people. Delivery of the relief supplies, tents, etc. can be done in a moment’s notice.

  14. Bob Villanueva on

    I agree 101%, I din’t even see any search and rescue going….can’t even recover the corpses in the street after 5 days….and he still have the guts to have photo ops distributing relief (bottle of water) on TV by himself, instead of delegating and tapping the agencies for coordinated effort, I understand that we have limited resources, but the one anger me is the lack of professionalism this idiots do their jobs,

  15. I am deeply hurt of what now happen to my fellow filipino… where is the govt now where is the help they promised to say no any survivor will be hungry..where now aquino must be ashamed of himself.. he is not a good leader he not even stand before the people where is he? The people is hungry hopeless dying… how come private people can go to help when govt said they have difficulty… shame ob his administration…we can never depend such a very not efficient leader like this… my sentiments to my fellow filipino who is still fighting to live…

  16. mang kario busero on

    Aquino has lost his moral authority to govern and lead the country. He has abandoned our countrymen and let them die of hunger and thirst in the most powerful typhoon that hit our country

    • he doesn’t know how to govern,,,how good was he when he was a senator?…he was a sleeping senator , he was ‘nada’ in spanish..the only good thing he is good at is to blame it all to Gloria..luckily the typhoon was named Yolanda..else he could be seen jumping with joy if it was names Gloria..

  17. While I agree with the assessment that in general the PNoy admin’s response to this catastrophy has been poor at best, I would like to know where the governors, congressmen, mayors, kagawads and other local officials of the affected areas are. Last time I checked the news feeds, I have not heard one local official being in charge of keeping law & order in his/her constituency. This is one of the worst traits of us Filipinos – we tend to depend too much on the president for everything. The reason local officials are elected is precisely so they can be the frontline representatives of the national govt in whatever affairs need to be looked after. I have read an editorial that mentioned that the Romualdez and his family have fled to Manila. What kind of a public leader deserts his constituencies in their time of utmost need?

  18. Abraham Gaerlan on

    My prayers to all my fellow filipinos particularly those in Tacloban people.

    We Filipinos are very sensetive that we never learned from what other say. We must have the humility to accept our shortcomings and do much better next time.

    I want to share you how the State of California manage a disasters incident. They have an incident command center lead by an incident commander and with him are operations, finance, logistics and information. No politcians can over rule the judgement and decisions of the incident commander. Every region when disater strikes an initial attack is the first responder before an incedent command center is set up in a base near the incident. The primary personnel send out to disater area are “INMATES” lead by a Captain or leutenant of CALFIRE.

    The inmates are soldiers in the front and they are paid. The services they contribute in disaters calling are reduced to their prison life.

    Only the information officer will attend to media for news briefing (No political grandstanding). Logistics will take care all material and stuffs needed. Operations commander responsibilty is the disaster per se and coordinate with other regions and government agencies for help including national guard. Finance will account for cost and expenditures incurred.

    Coordination is centralized in the incident commander. (Governors and political leaders have no business at all).

    In short, Mr. Tulfo, the hidden solution is to train and utilized the inmates (Minimum security) for good when dissasters happen again to our country. In their inner self they still have the honor to serve their country and fellow being.

    I am working with California Department of Forestry CALFIRE.

    Again my prayers and thoughts to my fellow Filipinos. Don’t lose hope. A good tommorow awaits us all. God bless the Philippines.

  19. I agree with your sentiments, the PNoy administration has been shown up for what they really are, a bunch of incompetent politicians who are only good at enriching themselves at the expense of their fellow country men and women.
    Anderson Cooper is right to say what he is saying, he has been on the ground and see the devastation and inadequate government response.
    This contrasts with some Filipino journalists who are critical of his views and make their comments not from Leyte but from the comfort of Manila.