The Philippines is no stranger when it comes to natural calamities like typhoons, floods, earthquakes, landslides, occasional volcanic eruptions and related problems. Being in the Pacific Ring of Fire and in the typhoon path, you hear news of damaged towns, properties, fields, bridges, livelihoods, roads washed away, and lives lost every time. Every year, we expect of these disasters to happen and that is so heartbreaking.
While many of those who were affected by natural hazards such as Typhoons Ondoy, Sendong, Pablo, Maring, etc have not recovered fully yet, another strong earthquake hit the country, this time the epicentre is in Carmen, Bohol. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake left buildings, offices, and historical churches destroyed, even hospitals. Thousands of people injured; some even lost their loved ones. How can the country ever cope from these?
The series of disasters from typhoons to earthquakes is a clear manifestation that climate change is already here. What make these things worse? Human activity-related factors. If we don’t take care of our environment, we sure all agree we are heading for disaster.
So what now? What shall we do?
We will stand. The Filipinos are strong people. We have been strong through the years. Each time we are hit by these tragedies of life, we still managed to smile. That is because we believe in God – our shield, portion, deliverer, and strong tower. We have a God that remains true and faithful to his promises.
In return, we have to be faithful to him and take care of what he has given us – the natural resources he has entrusted us.
In return, we have to help those who were affected, sharing what we have whether in financial resources, food, clothing, water, etc. Or, even our prayers.
Our God is a prayer-answering God. He is a miraculous God. He will be with us. He will bless us. Always!
Keep the faith kababayans!
God bless the Philippines!