Donors, donees

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

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Thursday, January 9, 2014


NEVER have we encountered a circumstance until in recent weeks when almost all of us who lived through the most destructive of the natural calamities that hit our country cried for help.

Inevitably, millions of our people who lived through the recent twin calamities were converted overnight into a donor of assistance. The total cost of the destruction, which was estimated to be just in thousands, is now in billions of pesos.

As it is at present, according to the front page report of this newspaper yesterday, weeks after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake and super-typhoon Yolanda hit the Visayas, the affected towns have appealed for help in their effort to build new homes in places where they have relocated.

The latest data on the number of those who lost their homes was that it has reached 1.14 million, with the houses needing to be either repaired or replaced. But so far, Cebu Capitol has released only P53-million assistance for 14 towns.

In terms of lives lost, the latest report cited 6.183 million deaths, with 1,785 persons still missing. In the aspect of livelihood, the destruction, especially on infrastructure and agriculture, was estimated to reach P36.69.billion. Where do secure this amount?

The point here is that the calamities have taxed the global humanity so much in terms of lives and material possessions lost. Those destroyed or damaged must be recovered somehow and replaced, relieved, or rehabilitated in whatever manner or ways.

Indeed, according to a report from Berlin, Germany, the “natural disasters (of the globe) led by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines and flooding in Europe, cost a total of $125 billion (92 billion euros) in 2013, according to a reinsurance firm in Munich.

The figures cited by the reinsurance firm were in the matter of destruction through floods and hailstorms that resulted “in double digit losses in central Europe and in the Philippines (where) one of the strongest cyclones in history, Yolanda, resulted in a human catastrophe
with over 6,000 fatalities.”

Consequently, the natural catastrophe (caused) the most financial damage...with overall losses totaling 15.2 billion.” Unfortunately, only $3.2 billion was reportedly insured.

In any case, the whole point that we should take into consideration is the unfortunate effect of the devastation in terms of value, cost of lives, and relief and rehabilitation of the victims. They need some sort of assistance.

Meanwhile, those who are fortunate not to be a victim should, in conscience, try to become donors themselves. This is a circumstance becoming a matter of human obligation to share part of you to those who really need it.

It is, I believe, better for one to be a donor than to be the one to receive the donations.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 09, 2014.

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