IDP for “Internally Displaced People” — give me a break. Who cares what we call them? “Refugee” is accurate as they are people seeking “refuge” from horrible conditions in their hometown. “Evacuee” is accurate as they have evacuated from a ravaged city or town. So to now do a politically correct term “Internally Displaced Person” is honestly, such a stupid waste of effort, in my opinion. Call them whatever you want, but they are now arriving by the thousands in Cebu City and they have arrived with only the damp clothes on their backs… no food, no clothing, no personal items, etc.
So in addition to helping folks in Northern Cebu, Cebu City residents (each and every one of them) need to step up to the challenge, and find new and used articles of clothing they don’t want or need, and get these to various IDP centers. They need food, water, soap, clothes, etc. Zubuchon is sponsoring roughly 1,000 pack meals tonight and another 1,000 pack meals tomorrow for folks from Leyte. Lechon sisig, rice and utan bisaya… Our way of welcoming Leytehanons to their temporary new home. The folks in our office and kitchens had a nice nervous giggle a few minutes ago because they said “how sosyal naman our meals…lechon pa”… I just had to laugh at the comment. We have a long day ahead and my sincere thanks to all donors and to my Zubuchon staff at all branches for really stepping up to the challenge and feeding not only our paying customers, but 1,000 other special diners tonight and tomorrow night… It isn’t easy to mobilize 1,000 meals on a few hours notice, and I know several other groups are trying to do the same as refugees arrive by the thousands.
I head to Manila soon to also arrange for relief goods being sent by boat directly to the island of Culion, two hours by banca from the town of Coron. With a population of perhaps roughly 20,000, Culion ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda, has been cut off from the rest of the world for several days, and only recently re-established weak communication links.
A final note on this seemingly haphazard crazed private effort to provide help. This post-disaster period is ALL ABOUT LOGISTICS. PLANNING. IMPLEMENTATION. MANAGEMENT. The larger the organization, the slower they seem to be reacting and the more infuriated the general public gets. If small private groups can mobilize and get to small out of the way barangays including remote islands days AHEAD of the government or organized aid agencies, you know things are really on a catastrophic scale (but it makes you wonder how larger groups plan and implement their response to any catastrophe).