Action versus good intentions

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By Gingging Avellanosa-Valle

Bahin sang Bubay

Sunday, August 3, 2014


AFTER spending over a week in Tacloban for an International Solidarity Mission with progressive groups who continuously extends assistance including psychosocial interventions to devastated communities, my third son Sandi came home with a certain glow that somehow sums up his positive experiences in the storm-ravaged island. One can tell that he seems satisfied with what he has imparted of himself among the typhoon survivors whose cause he has readily adopted after having gone there twice already since typhoon ‘Yolanda’.

Upon entering our room, he immediately saw right smack on top of my desk the set of books entitled “The Hunger Games Trilogy”, that his heart desires for quite some time now, and for which he asked his Kuya DG (who has been navigating in international waters) to buy him. However, when his Ate Ronron, the only physician daughter of my elder brother Ronnie, who was based in Singapore, saw his message on Facebook for his Kuya DG, she decided to buy it immediately for Sandi and the rest of her cousins.

He was overwhelmed with happiness, barely able to contain his enthusiasm when he asked his Papa how the books got there when he only wished for it! I was amazed at his spontaneous reaction. He immediately sent a message to his Ate Ron, profusely thanking her for the gift, which was also readily acknowledged by her several thousands of miles away in another country, thanks to Facebook.

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Such positive vibes will continue to bond kinship no matter if personally, one is physically far away from another. Just by that immediate and natural impulse of a cousin to please her younger relatives and making it available even without the knowledge of my son, something radiated like a bright morning sun, as not only was it welcomed by his immediate siblings with gladness but also by his other cousins.

The thought of finally getting to read the trilogy in hard copy have made them really happy, including my only girl, Dana, who enthused over it and expressed her pleasure to her Ate Ron openly.

Now, I see it as action versus good intentions. No promises, but only knowing about something and acting on it.

If only we have that kind of initiatives among our public officials, what wonder would it do to our country if citizens experience their government’s action even if it is not called for and not promised.

I would not definitely say such expectations are beyond the capacity of those in government service. Because it is such a shame to hear in the recent news cast, that the senators of this country are RICHER by the millions, nay, billions, over and above the ordinary citizen of this wretched land who are literally crawling with so much hardships, vulnerable to so-called natural calamities, scrounging for food to fill their empty stomachs and roofs over their heads.

I know that when Pope Francis comes and sees the anguish of God’s people in Tacloban in the days to come, he will understand why there is so much unrest among many of our country folks. He will thus see the reason why Filipinos are flocking troubled lands in the Middle East just to earn a pittance to feed their families. He will come to comprehend the reason why so many innocent lives are sacrificed and victimized by human trafficking even in the midst of the seeming abundance in the national Gross National Product as projected by the “bright boys” of Malacañang.

He will lament at the sight of the hapless situation of women and children in evacuation centres... that is, if allowed to see and take a glimpse. We can only have high hopes that government will allow these things to happen without making a white wash, like what we have experienced in our time during martial law, when the slums were covered with paints to cover the mess of the Marcoses.

Harinawa….

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 04, 2014.

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