CHINA CONSTRUCTS | Louise Nichole Logarta
December is in full swing. Everywhere you look, twinkly lights and Christmas pines are up, friends and family are showing off their decorated trees on Facebook and Instagram, while others are posting their Christmas wish list for those who care to buy them presents.
But as the Ber-months rolled into the country, so do typhoons. This month, we have Typhoon Odette wreaking havoc in the VisMin region. It’s affected our favorite local destinations like Cebu, Siargao and Palawan. Not to mention Bohol, southern Leyte, Negros Oriental and Occidental, Iloilo, Agusan del Norte and the Dinagat Islands, among others.
No doubt, the concept of “Filipino resiliency” will slip back into the people’s consciousness. The vicious cycle of the private sector, private individuals and groups, calling for donations will resume. Humanitarian groups will organize and conduct searches and rescues and many will send out the call for good-hearted volunteers. A few of these volunteers will probably go above and beyond, and be touted as heroes.
But I raise a question that has been asked before: is Filipino resiliency a good thing or is it just us settling?
About 60,000 people were evacuated from the VisMin area in anticipation of Typhoon Odette. Some 14,000 are currently in Metro Manila. A picture in the article where I read this shows women and children crowded, maybe half of them without masks on. But really, how can we expect them to worry about masks or social distancing when their homes and their very lives are under threat?
Compound this fact with the looming election. Politicians of all colors will send goodwill and hot food to those in need and pat themselves on the back because they used this typhoon to their advantage.
Yes, the Filipino is hopeful and the bayanihan among us is strong.
The question left for us then is: Should we embrace this culture of resiliency as it is or should we go beyond that? And if so, how?