Less politicking

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

Politics also

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WHAT might be an ideal work environment, at a time like we have at the moment, is to have a working area that has less or no politics at play in it. The point here is to help people in the purest and sincerest sense of the of the word “help.”

It means extending assistance to those who need or seek help without having to give back political gratitude. In other words, an extended clean and sincere helping hand to the masses in need.

There is this report yesterday about some 52 health facilities that were among the “casualties” of super-typhoon Yolanda last month. And in order to be of use again to the people of devastated communities of the gravely hit towns in northern Cebu, they should be fixed at once and made useful again.

It is said that eight of these health centers were immediately repaired by the international groups that came to our country to pitch in with our rehabilitation efforts.

The updated data on the typhoon’s destruction has been 5,924 dead, with 27,022 hurt, and some 1,779 reported missing. About 103,000 persons are placed or allowed to live in the meantime in evacuation centers organized for them.

In fact, according to the updated report, there are about 3.98 million displaced persons throughout the nation. These figures alone are rather staggering when considered against our size.

The Department of Health, which seems to be trying to behave like what it is expected to be, says that when Yolanda struck on Nov. 8, it rendered two hospitals decrepit and damaged 14 rural health centers and some 36 barangay health stations in northern Cebu alone.

But the overall total of health facilities ravaged in the entire nation is believed to be P1.18 billion, according to the national disaster council’s report. But these figures only sadly tell us of the total work at hand.

The above figures only clearly point out the “width and breadth” of the rehabilitation and reconstruction work that the recently appointed czar for this rebuilding effort in the ravaged areas has to do. It is a task that demands full dedication and focus, and nary a temptation to waste on political ambitions and power play.

There must not be a moment to think and aspire to seek support and gratefulness from the people that the former senator Ping Lacson may want to help.

But really, the task of reconstructing damaged homes and areas, and of rehabilitating destroyed families and broken lives demands full focus and attention of the government. People need to be able to hope again, and move to a future that would be better than it was before they were overtaken by the ferocious Yolanda.

And it is a true and realizable hope and aspiration, a possible future that can only be reached and held today if those who would to attain it would dabble in politics while they are supposed to work to achieve it successfully.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 11, 2013.


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