Philippines Typhoon Takes Its Toll

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Philippines typhoon takes its toll on the people of the Philippines, more exactly, on the Leyte and Cebu provinces.  The path of Typhoon Haiyan was directed away from the capital of Manila, thus sparing the most financially rewarding part of the Philippine economy.  When viewed as the detritus of human waste, as well as the destruction of a part of the country that served as a call center community of sorts, the losses are still mind-numbing.

In the days following the tragic wake of Typhoon Haiyan, little children ride their bikes down roads which are wet with water and foliage strewn on both sides.  They seem not to notice the dead’s bloating bodies or the stench those bodies must be producing.

In other photos, the images of the Philippines typhoon disaster capture communities searching for their belongings and their loved ones under heaps of building, furniture and stray clothing items.  People have jackets or shirts covering their heads, indicating the warm temperatures are also having their effect.

The storm slammed into the city of Tacloban last Friday, presenting air currents of 196 miles an hour. At UN climate talks yesterday, diplomats discussed how to limit our carbon footprint, which is to blame for damaging the climate.  Yeb Sano, an envoy from the island nation, said he would fast until there’s a meaningful outcome.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres emphasized how urgent it was to address a solution for all countries to work together to address climate change.  The convention has conceded that the intensity and frequency of storms have been directly affected by current warming trends in climate.

The Philippines typhoon has certainly taken not only human lives, but also a burgeoning call center community in Cebu.  Cebu province is a center for outsourcing operations, with U.S. companies including United Healthcare having offices there. It’s also a major tourism and shipbuilding center.

The Philippines typhoon’s path resulted in only minor damage in and around the capital of Manila, home to about 12% of the nation’s people and a third of its annual economic output of about $250 billion.  The nation is still considered poor, with lower per-capita salaries resulting in about two out of three countries worldwide.

Unemployment tops 7%, and 40% of Philippine workers are active in the so-called informal economy, according to the CIA World Factbook.  The informal sector or informal economy is that part of an economy that is not taxed, monitored by any form of government, or included in any gross national product (GNP), unlike the formal economy.

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The Philippines typhoon Haiyan, took its toll on both the Philippine people and the economic districts, which were a help to the economy of a poor nation.

Suffice it to say that the world will need to pay attention to the plight of these Philippine citizens, as the climate changes can affect rich nations as well as poor ones.

By: Lisa M Pickering


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