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Philippine Typhoon Haiyan Victims Join ‘People Surge’ Protest
Written by Mong Palatino On 1 February 2014 @ 17:31 pm | 6 Comments
In Disaster, East Asia, English, Environment, Feature, Governance, Philippines, Photos, Politics, Protest, Weblog
More than 10,000 typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) victims in the Philippines joined  a protest dubbed ‘People Surge’  to condemn  the slow arrival of relief and rehabilitation efforts in their communities. The ‘People Surge’ is also an alliance of typhoon Haiyan victims mainly from the provinces of Leyte and Samar.
Haiyan , the world’s strongest storm of 2013, battered  the Visayas islands of the Philippines last November 8 which killed more than 6,000 people. Thousands more were left homeless after a tsunami-like storm surge devastated several towns in the region.
Participants of the ‘People Surge’ are complaining  about the lack  of government assistance in restoring the homes and livelihoods of typhoon victims. They are also opposing the ‘No Build Zone’ policy which they claim will lead to the displacement of thousands of residents in coastal areas.
The ‘People Surge’ first assembled in a public university before marching around the city of Tacloban, the ground zero of the Haiyan disaster.
— Angel de Guzman† (@sipsipbloom) January 26, 2014 
Leon Dulce, an environmentalist, explained  why residents are against the ‘No Build Zone’ policy:
Compounding the survivors’ woes is the no-build zone policy that government imposed over the devastated coastal areas, which supposedly removed settlements away from the hazards presented by storm surges, but divorced the fisher folk and other coastal communities from shelter and livelihoods in the process.
Amando Doronila, a veteran journalist, warned  the government not to undermine the anger of the poor victims:
After enduring for more than two months deprivations in food, shelter and medicines, more than 12,000 residents of Leyte and Samar converged on devastated Tacloban to express their indignation against the agonizing inaction of the national government, whose relief workers were still recovering decomposing corpses from the ruins at the rate of three a day, so the relatives of the dead can give the remains a decent burial. Under Filipino custom, nothing can be more sacrilegious and profane than leaving the dead unburied, especially by a negligent state
Elle Freem, a volunteer worker, observed how the organized campaign  unfolded in Tacloban:
The Eastern Visayas region is probably the epitome if resilience, the people are ready to rise up in face of not only the material and psychological hardship of the super storm but also in face of an apathetic government who is profiteering on the aid pouring in. Tens of thousands of people made their way to the university of eastern visayas to voice their perspective on how to rehabilitate their homes and region. The communities here are organized and have a clear plan on how they want to proceed but will the government listen?
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 Also see Haiyan Devastates the Philippines, our special coverage page.: http://globalvoicesonline.org/specialcoverage/haiyan-devastates-the-philippines/
 joined: http://tudlaproductions.com/videos/newsreel/12000-typhoon-Yolanda-victims-from-Eastern-Visayas-marched-to-protest-Aquino-govt-neglect
 ‘People Surge’: https://www.facebook.com/peoplesurge.phils?hc_location=stream
 condemn: http://manilastandardtoday.com/2014/01/26/-people-surge-against-pnoy/
 battered: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/11/23/after-haiyan-disaster-philippines-calls-for-relief-and-justice-for-climate-change-victims/
 complaining: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/01/21/philippine-typhoon-haiyan-victims-complain-of-slow-relief-and-substandard-shelters/
 lack: http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/01/29/yolanda-survivors-protest-lack-of-govt-assistance/
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 Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeopleSurge
 #PeopleSurge: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23PeopleSurge&src=hash
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 January 26, 2014: https://twitter.com/sipsipbloom/statuses/427278657871020033
 explained: http://350.org/haiyan-survivors-rising-up/
 warned: http://opinion.inquirer.net/70507/beware-of-the-anger-of-the-tacloban-poor
 organized campaign: https://www.facebook.com/leah.freeman/posts/10101481819688397?stream_ref=10
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