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Twenty Days After: Post-Haiyan Lives at Tacloban

The highways are already cleaned up. The debris in the pictures are from the coastal streets especially Magallanes and the one by the public market.

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is conducting a “cash for work” program. People—around 6000 of them—are paid P500 a day. They shoveled dirt, put them on a fan’s guard—dragged them on the highway, where the garbage truck picked them up. The cleaning was unnecessarily meticulous. But it was the intention of the foundation to provide jobs to those who decided to stay in their beloved city.

The market is alive despite the price hikes. There is a visible, sufficient authority deployment around the city. And there are more laundry hanging to dry: a hopeful sign. Some small tables of vending have candles, katol, posporo, Tanduay, or Fundador.

Too many breaks and aches these days. I would sort the notes out and make sense of the randomness of everything.

Till then, the photos could not wait.

For those who want to volunteer, kindly check Kusog Tacloban.

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Jona | Backpacking with a Book

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5 Comments

  1. Thank you for the pictures….. and your very interesting way of telling your travel stories…..keep it up. II will surely visit most of the places you have written about esp. Camiguin and Siquijor.

  2. It breaks my heart to see the effects of this tragedy, but is also uplifting to see people holding on to their hope. I can clearly see the strength of the Filipino people. Even my French friend who went to Tacloban as a volunteer was amazed at the positive attitude of the people living there.

    I admire the sincerity I see in your photos. Fewer words, more meaning, clearer intentions. This is the type of blog I’d always want to visit. Thank you.

  3. Christina says:

    Jona, thanks so much for this update.

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