Nun’s plea for Yolanda victims
A nun on Saturday said the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda need food and shelter, more than an apology from President Benigno Aquino 3rd several months after the disaster struck the central Philippines.
Sr. Edita Eslopor, spokesman for People Surge, an alliance of ‘Yolanda’ survivors in Tacloban, said the typhoon victims deserve relief goods “fit for human consumption.”
“We need food for hungry ‘Yolanda’ victims; we need shelters for homeless victims and sustainable sources of income for those who were left jobless after the monster typhoon,” Eslopor said.
The President on Thursday apologized to a student of the Hope Christian School who claimed that government help reached her barangay three days after the typhoon whipped Central Visayas.
But Eslopor said the President’s apology was useless.
“Words are useless if there is no concrete action,” she said.
The Benedictine nun noted that the government’s response was not only inadequate but slow, since relief has not reached all the survivors more than 100 days after the typhoon devastated their areas.
Eslopor pledged that People Surge will continue hounding officials until the government provides what the survivors need.
In fact, she said, leaders of the group will negotiate with representatives of international communities that donated money for the post-Yolanda rehabilitation efforts to press the government to provide proper and adequate help for the survivors.
On April 8, People Surge will hold a massive demonstration in Metro Manila.
“We will continue to fight. We will actually reach the point that we have to negotiate with international communities to petition the government to release their donations to us,” Eslopor said.
She raised the problem about relief distribution as authorities began to check reports that truckloads of spoiled relief goods were buried in a dump site in Palo, Leyte, earlier this month.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sent a team to Palo to investigate. The goods were said to have been dumped because they were past their expiration date.