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Philippines Typhoon: What 5 Survivors Are Thinking One Month On

Procopio Molina, 54, was one of the typhoon survivors who told WFP about his hopes for the future as he picked up his food rations recently.

(Copyright: WFP/Angeli Mendoza)

Almost a month after Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the central Philippines, WFP’s Angeli Mendoza travelled around the province of Leyte visiting affected communities. As she moved between food distributions talking to families, she encountered many examples of resilience and of a cheerful determination to rebuild. Asked about their immediate plans, people gave all sorts of answers. Here are five:

“I don’t know yet, it’s still too chaotic…but next week, I want to return to our home, gather some galvanized iron sheets, some wood and then try to put a roof back on our house”. Read story
Lilian Florendo, 48 years old, an evacuee currently housed in Tanauan School of Craftsmanship and Home Industry.

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“I’m thinking about what I can do for our barangay (village), how I can help us overcome this destruction”. Read story
Salvador T. Fumar, 60 years old, Barangay Captain (village head) of Cabuloran in the Municipality of Dagami.

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“I definitely won’t leave, this is our home. But I am wondering if my daughters should find a job in other places, because right now, there’s nothing left here. I’m worried that when the relief operations stop, we might go hungry”. Read story
Edita Guimoc, 53 years old, market vendor who has 10 mouths to feed at home.

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“I don’t know what happened to my school but I want to go there and study again. I’d rather laugh and find humor in this situation than weep over my destroyed house.” Read story
Manny Cabero, 26 years old, Computer Science student at Asian Development Foundation College in Tacloban City.

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“I just want to go back to work.” Read story
Procopio Molina, 54 years old, truck driver and resident of Barangay 70, Rawis, Tacloban City – a coastal village that was wiped out.

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Photos copyright (in order of appearance):
WFP/Silke Buhr
WFP/Angeli Mendoza

WFP/Anthony Lim
WFP/Anthony Lim
WFP/Angeli Mendoza