PHM Philippines: Fighting for the right to health side by side with victims of tyfoon Haiyan

4 Feb 2014

PHM Philippines was part of an assembly where around 10,000 people from the towns affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Northern Samar and Leyte provinces came to Tacloban City last January 24-25 to launch their alliance called People Surge.

They discussed their current situation almost 3 months after the super typhoon which wiped out their houses and means of livelihood and flattened their fields. They saw that there continues to be a lot of injustice because the government has not really responded well in alleviating their dire situation. They want the government to be accountable for this gross negligence in responding adequately to their needs. They are now demanding that the government gives P40,000 to each family so they can now build their houses in the areas where they used to have their houses, instead of the government building temporary bunk houses for them in areas far from their means of livelihood. The people are angry because the bunkhouses were made of substandard materials and were over priced. They also demanded that the government now provides them with seedlings of the plants and trees that contribute to their means of livelihood so they can now move on. The government has been silent on this.

PHM Philippines is part of the SOS. SOS or Samahang Opersyong Sagip (disaster response organization managed by the Council for Health and Development) went to Tacloban to be one with the people and the members of People Surge, as well as render medical services to the participants who came and needed medical attention.

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