Typhoon Haiyan evacuees look forward to Xmas despite uncertain future
- POSTED: 10 Dec 2013 00:02
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One month after Typhoon Haiyan and 16 days before Christmas, evacuees in Metro Manila remain uncertain of the future. But they said that they are still looking forward to celebrating Christmas.
MANILA: One month after Typhoon Haiyan and 16 days before Christmas, evacuees in Metro Manila remain uncertain of the future.
But they said that they are still looking forward to celebrating Christmas.
There is no stopping Christmas for the young survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. They may have lost everything, but they are thankful to be together with their families.
Their only wish this Christmas is for their lives to return to normal.
Noah Lunzaga, 14, said: “My Christmas wish is that Tacloban would go back to the way it was before, so I could go back to school with my friends and study.”
Diana Gagala, 10, said: “I wish Papa would be able to find work again so we can go back to Tacloban.”
For Gabriel and Wilma Colete, the mere fact that no one in their family perished is reason enough to celebrate Christmas.
And though they do not know when they will be able to return to Western Samar, they are thankful for the good Samaritans that have so far provided for their needs while temporarily staying in an evacuation centre in Manila.
Gabriel Colete, an evacuee from Western Samar, said: “My only wish is that we be together as one family. Even if we do not have any house anymore, I am still grateful for this second lease at life.”
Another evacuee, Wilma Colete said: “We are grateful to the Lord that He saved us and that we are complete, no one dies in our family.”
The Philippines is allocating at least US$934 million for the rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in the areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
And experts said it will take at least three years for the typhoon-hit areas to recover.
Laurence Dy, centre head of Jose Fabella Centre, said: “Their main concern now of these people is what had happened -- they were already able to overcome it.
“But they are preoccupied now of what will happen when they return to Leyte and Samar because they said we have lost everything.”
Though the future seems uncertain for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, the spirit of Christmas gives them hope that they will be able to soon bounce back and rebuild their lives again.