How far will your donation go?
Seriously, the usual course of action that the average Pinoy do is send some canned food and instant noodles to those people that need help. Oo, maganda yan. May pagkain na sila. NOW WHAT?! Ikaw ba naman ang dumaan kay Yolanda -- sa tingin mo may mga can opener at gamit panluto ang karamihan sa pupuntahan ng mga donasyon? They need more than that people, so think ahead -- far ahead. Think of ways to help them not only in the short run but for the long run. Let's say you donated a pack of relief goods containing food. You give rice - check. Noodles - check. Canned food -check. Now all you have to do is pack it up and send it to the victims, preferably with a smiley sticker to lighten them up or an inspirational quote you find appropriate for the situation. You pile it along with the hundreds (if not thousands) of the same relief packages. And you think the job's done and you can now leave it at that.
But the reality sinks in once the package reaches those who need it most. People lost lives of loved ones - lost homes - lost almost everything they have. News say that power is down, there is little to no water, medical supplies are still low. It's been a week and it's been a slow week for help if we are to compare it to the international standards. Yes, a proof that we are indeed stuck as a developing country. Now once those people get the goods, they'll thank whoever gave it to them (and we'd prefer that no politician's name will be placed on the bags). They open it up back to wherever they are temporarily situated. Wow. They got rice, noodles, and canned food! And after that they fall into a blank face, staring at the reality that life is harsh even with the goods at hand. Baka nga naman madami silang malinis na tubig 'dun? Para sa mga nawalan ng tirahan, maghahanap pa sila ng kaldero, tubig, apoy o kung saan man na pwedeng lutuan ng bigas. Hanap ulit ng tubig at lulutuan ng noodles. Titignan ang lata at pupukpukin kasi wala silang pambukas ng lata. Syempre tama nga naman na kailangan nilang magsipag para makakain, pero sobra naman yata yan. Buti na lang kung madali lang makakakuha ng mga gamit na kailangan. Ayos din kasi ang trip natin pagmagdo-donate. "Pahirapan pa natin sila ng kaunti bago makakain."
Nevertheless the donations were of good intent. Thank you. But we can do more. So much more. We know donations are rushing in from all around the world (because the local government is too slow in giving help), and there's more help to come.
Help comes in all forms - cash, relief packages, etc. Hopefully we could give more of these to them.
POTABLE WATER - Para saan yang bigas at noodles kung hindi maluluto? At kailangan din nilang uminom. Must-have ito para sa ating mga kaXambayan.
BISCUITS / BREAD - Most of the time, hindi mo na kailangang magbukas ng lata para dito. Basic carbs like noodles. Go foods.
PROCESSED FOOD IN SACHET OR EASY-OPEN CANS - Madami na ang bumibenta ng corned beef na wala sa lata. Ulam na nasa pakete. 'Yun na lang please. Mas magaan pa at mas madaling buksan. Kung lata talaga ang gusto may mga Easy-Open cans din naman.
MEDICINE AND HYGIENE ITEMS - Sa kalagayan nila, bawal magasakit. Kung kayang mag donate ng Multivitamins, 'yun na lang ang ibigay. Soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, band aids, rubbing alcohol, at kung anu pa ang pwedeng magamit para sa kalinisan at kaligtasan.
Sa mga magbibigay pa rin po ng mga canned goods, lagyan na din ng instructions kung paano buksan. LIke this tip from Bogart the Explorer.
MAGTULUNGAN TAYO, MGA KAXAMBAYAN!
It should be noted that the italicized parts of the entry below originally came from these sources:
MANILA, Philippines - University of the Philippines scientist Mahar Lagmay belied a video claiming that supertyphoon "Yolanda" was a man-made phenomenon controlled by US-run technology emitting microwave pulse.
"Those claims must first demonstrate that the microwave was the one that formed," Lagmay said in a televised interview with ANC on Monday.
The video uploaded last November 8 gained attention on YouTube amid overwhelming news on the catastrophe wrought by the powerful cyclone. Dutchsince, voicing over moving satellite images of the typhoon's movement, said that a US facility based in Alaska manipulated the direction and strength of the weather disturbance.
"We can follow this storm's formation ... and what we've seen several times is out here near Guam, of all places, we see a large microwave-shaped spiral pulse that comes from the north," the narrator said.
The conspiracy theorist also claimed that microwave pulse is now controlling a new weather system named "Zoraida" spotted off the Philippines.
Lagmay refused to be convinced, addressing concerns of netizens whether Dutchsinse's claims are based on facts.
The name of the facility was not named. But is it possible at all? The answer is yes, it is possible, but of course the truth will not be clear unless enough evidence can be presented.
So what is this facility? Meet the HAARP.
HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) is a little-known, yet critically important U.S. military defense project which has generated quite a bit of controversy over its alleged weather control capabilities and much more.
Though denied by HAARP project officials, some respected researchers allege that secret electromagnetic warfare capabilities of the HAARP project are designed to forward the US military's stated goal of achieving full-spectrum dominance by the year 2020.
Others go so far as to claim that HAARP can and has been used for weather control, to cause earthquakes and tsunamis, to disrupt global communications systems, and more. The U.S. patent of a key developer of HAARP and other documentary evidence support these claims.
The HAARP project website acknowledges that experiments are conducted which use electromagnetic frequencies to fire pulsed, directed energy beams in order to "temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere." Some scientists state that purposefully disturbing this sensitive layer could have major and even disastrous consequences. Concerned HAARP researchers like Dr. Michel Chossudovsky of the University of Ottawa and Alaska's Dr. Nick Begich (son of a US Congressman) present evidence suggesting that these disturbances can even be used to trigger earthquakes, affect hurricanes, and for weather control.
Two key major media documentaries, one by Canada's public broadcasting network CBC and the other by the History Channel, reveal the inner workings of the HAARP project in a most powerful way. The very well researched CBC documentary includes this key quote: "It isn't just conspiracy theorists who are concerned about HAARP. In January of 1999, the European Union called the project a global concern and passed a resolution calling for more information on its health and environmental risks. Despite those concerns, officials at HAARP insist the project is nothing more sinister than a radio science research facility."
To watch this engaging 15-minute CBC documentary online, click here. For an even more detailed and revealing 45-minute History Channel documentary on HAARP and other secret weapons used for electromagnetic warfare, click here.
It does not matter if "Yolanda" and "Zoraida" have been notoriously manipulated. The fact that HAARP has been in existence for a long time already and yet little is known about it should be enough to be suspicious of. Learn more on HAARP in Wikipedia via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Frequency_Active_Auroral_Research_Program. Conspiracy theory that involves Philippines anyone?
Pinoy na Pinoy.