Thursday, November 6, 2014

One year after Leyte remembers Yolanda

MANILA-As the world marks the first year since super typhoon Yolanda struck the Philippines and ripped through Central and Eastern Visayas, a series of commemorative activities kicks off in Tacloban.

Local groups and citizens of Tacloban are gearing up for a set of events on November 7 and 8. Both public and private groups came together to organize the two-day event, echoing the cooperation and togetherness the country saw in the wake of the disaster.

The Philippine Red Cross organized “Light the Darkness”, a commemorative run which starts in Tolosa and ends at the PRC-Leyte Compound.

A tree-planting activity was organized by Philhealth’s Region 8 unit, while the city government of Tacloban will hold memorial services for the victims of the disaster, which includes a candle-lighting ceremony, offering of flowers and blessing of mass graves. 

Various arts and music events, film-showing, and health and fitness activities were organized by socio-civic organizations like the Rotary Club of San Juanico, One Tacloban, and Alpha Phi Omega fraternity alongside private groups including ABS-CBN, GAPlabs, Inc and Wellside PTY. The World Health Organization also joins in with a collaborative artwork activity at the City Hall Grounds.

Awarding of livelihood projects will be led by the city government and the office of Leyte first district Representative Martin Romualdez.

“It has officially been a year after Yolanda. On behalf of the whole province of Leyte, we say thank you for the overwhelming support extended to us in our most desperate time of need,” said Rep. Martin Romualdez.

“We saw the outpouring of support not only from the international community but from private citizens as well. Aside from the innumerable food and medical supplies donated to the relief effort, we cannot quantify the countless hours people spent volunteering, rescuing, and providing relief to the affected communities.”

“We know that the work is far from over. A year after Yolanda, the effort to rebuild Leyte continues so let’s keep moving, trabaho lang,” said Congressman Romualdez.

“Reconstruction and disaster preparedness are main priorities now. These commemorative activities serve as a good reminder that the work continues a year after Yolanda, and that everyone can contribute to this massive effort to get Leyte back on its feet.” 

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