Philippines: ‘National state of calamity’ – a Nation of survivors
When I saw the report issued above on the website of the NDCC at first it seemed like a typo – it hit me when I read the international report of this on the press release of the relief world organiztion based in the Swiss capital.
 …” Philippines: State of national calamity ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland – (NDCC) shall coordinate national and international efforts to respond to this calamity that once again struck the Philippines…” 
It went over the whole situation of the five series of storms in the last three months to hit the country and also the volcano evacuations later the storm driven lahar fields that killed scores and of last the most recent storm.
3006, it seems was not the greatest year for Manila – and while people across the globe view things in the sense of ‘another storm’ more dead more damage – one newspaper called the country a place “Doomed by geography plagued by corruption, and fueled by millions who have left these shores…” or so reads the lead sentence of the International Herald Tribune of the few weeks back.
So… Calamity Nation… environmently challenged … yet somehow the pesimists lose a major point of view that even with all the problems people here succeed and push forward. Perhaps it is a lack of faith in the Lord and God’s ability to make what seems impossible possible.
That even amongst the ruins and tragic events there are stories of hope and people prevailing on a wing and a prayer- that even faced with all the problems people do make it onwards. Calamities, problems, coups, terrorism, issues – yes they come. But these tests and trials and tribulations don’t last forever – each day one step at a time people succeed and persevere.
How? because they make it happen – they meet challenges and work and move forward and survive. I am ever the optimist because I have faith – faith in people, faith in a land of survivors and problem solvers who get things done in the face and surmounting all odds. So with the help of God – they overcome, move on, and get ready for life’s little challenges with God in their hearts and the will to survive.
We pause for moment to pray and remember those tragically lost in the last storms – and count our blessings and prepare for the next one.
As sure as the sun rises – there will be new problems to solve, new issues to be handled, and a new hope born in a land where people are blessed with God’s love and the eternal will of optimism and faith.
Problema kasi ng mga ibang bansa ay nakakalimutan na nila ang pag-asa dala ng labis na pagtitiwala and pananampalataya sa Diyos.
Na sa Diyos ang awa nasa tao ang gawa di po ba?