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By Godofredo M. Roperos

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014


IN THIS week of the Sinulog festivities--the most popular and renowned festival of Cebu--media outlets are telling all sorts of stories about what is happening in the city and its environs.

Note that Cebu is one of the Central Visayan islands that has won the distinction of being a tourist destination in the heart of Asia, with all the possible come-ons global travelers desire.

Fresh from staggering out of the ruins of two natural calamities that hit mercilessly the region in October and November, we cannot be more surprised from the way global humanity responded.

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The hardest hit towns and villages of the Easter Visayan region, such as the provinces of Leyte and Samar, immediately received assistance from various sources in and outside our country, and from the other regions of the globe.

Indeed, while seeking succor from the kindly people and charitable souls here and outside our own shores, we cannot but be surprised at the outpouring of assistance for the victims, which have steadily risen in number to thousands and then millions.

But then really, I would not like to talk about the suffering of the victims but about the current joy of those who were able to escape the grief of the horrendous super typhoon and 7.2-magnitude temblor.

There’s the gratitude of the victims who have now recovered and those who were left with devastated homes and who are now having roofs over their heads, and are celebrating along with the thousands of other fortunate people who were deeply fortunate to still see the sunrise or even a glum and dark rainy morning such as what we are having now during this Sinulog feast of 2014.

Certainly we should be grateful of our life.

It is said that the private sector has “resurrected” 5,000 houses destroyed by the super-typhoon in November. Certainly, it is quite difficult for a group to raise about P18 million in just two months for Yolanda’s victims. But the Gawad Kalinga, among others apparently did through the spirit of voluntarism.

This bit of news jives well with the effort to make as many people as could be helped rise and meet the glowing sun again with renewed hope.

But of course, it is difficult to sustain the good news in spite of the Sinulog. There is also a kind of bad news mixed with the good joyous one, such as the report that Mayor Michael Rama is set to drive the One Citilink bus terminal out when construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) starts.

Both facilities are needed and are truly serving the needs of people who use the two facilities in times of need. If you come down to it, One Citilink is for the still active soul, while the CCMC is for the sickly and dying. But both groups need the two facilities somehow.

At any rate, the mayor’s move is decided bad news to the two groups of Cebu City dwellers. But it is within the capability of the resilient city executive to search for a happy solution.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 15, 2014.

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