Tatang Constancio: The Survivor

About 4 months ago, I submitted an article to Oxfam Blogs about  Tatang Constancio, a 79-year old farmer who was one of the recipients of the Cash for Asset Recovery project in Dulag, Leyte. In the course of the Haiyan tragedy, Tatang Constancio helplessly watched the super typhoon devastate the … [Read more...]

Walk The Talk

For those who survived the aftermath of Yolanda (known as Haiyan internationally), they walked. They walked kilometers of roads leading elsewhere. Anywhere far from where loved ones were snatched from them with a clean swipe of those cruel waves. It was painful for them to look back at the wreck, … [Read more...]

I Swear I’m Up To A Lot Of Good

As my stint in Tacloban City for the Haiyan Response and Recovery draws near to an end, I can’t help but feel the usual pang of excitement. Not because I can’t wait to drop everything and move on, but because I have always been obsessed with what I considered as the bigger questions like What’s … [Read more...]

We Are Humanitarians

August 19 is just around the corner, Humanitarian Day, and for a country that celebrates a minimum of twenty-eight (Yes, 28! excluding local observances) holidays  a year, it will probably go unnoticed. But, for thousands of aid workers out there, this day is worth celebrating. While lazing about … [Read more...]

What Next?

The biggest challenge that development workers are confronting seven months after Haiyan struck is finding durable solutions – durable in a sense that people reside in permanent shelters, that they have access to sustainable livelihood and education, that their rights to survival is not hampered by … [Read more...]