Amarillo, Gelle Kalayaan Gatdula
Communication and Social Change
Department of Communication
MA – Com I
“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.” – Mother Theresa
I drove for miles and miles only for the reason that my job is to save people, people who are in need of my helping hands despite my tired body from all the travelling, places who doesn’t seem like its too far and remote that it can slowly eat my rationality. I have been a doctor for two decades now, always ready to aid people who are in need, to heal them in the most impossible way that a man can, to cure others who asked of me over and over in the most isolated provinces in this wounded nation.
But all of these can disappear from an instant blink of an eye. The whole nation is desperately in need of healing, to be quite frankly. It is hard to think of a proclamation of Jesus that is harder to understand – or believe – than “blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven’ because truthfully, from where I am standing, I don’t quite see it at all.
I’ve seen death in everywhere I go, pre-school children died from being exploded by a bomb of the Abu Sayaff conflict in Zamboanga, a sick mother who died after giving birth to a twin because his husband who happens to be a conductor in a bus company can’t afford a proper three-day meal for the family despite his almost 24-hours shift. And just like last week, I’ve seen a woman who
was stabbed by her own sister-in-law out of jealousy. I bring this up in the context of considering that poverty is everywhere, that no matter how much we think about the ‘tuwid na daan’ it won’t bring the Filipino people in good condition. I believe, as a Doctor, health is one of the most important elements in society. It takes a great deal of effort to come up with plans and proposal to keep the nation in balance with health. The President just stated his State of the Nation a few days back, and it is sad that promoting good health and proposing for cheaper medicines and health benefits doesn’t seem like its included in his flagships. True, that the administration is still on its process of rehabilitating what was lost in Samar-Leyte regions, but in regulating all of the medical assistance is by far most unknown in his propaganda.
Thankfully enough, we are living by the hands of the foreigners. All of the countless reliefs we received are from all over the world. It is also quite considerate when PNoy’s cabinet members and Local Government Officials are working hard for the safety of everyone, but why it seems that everyone is still coping up with the devastation. It has almost been a year since it happened, but why are these dreams seems to be washed out by the typhoon?
You see, I am just a Doctor, who can’t even help himself, because I am being dragged by the system and by the looks of it the government can’t even help its people. I wish all those people who made decisions could come down to see what the consequences of their decisions would be like. But really, who are ‘those’ people in the first place? Tobacco executives who market a carcinogenic
product? Conglomerate food industries that contribute to obesity (and poor dental health)? Insurance companies that leveraged debt in credit default swabs and contributed to global inflation? Even if I help myself in building a hospital, do you think the government would support me on that? How would I even know that all of these pain and effort in helping people would really pay off? No matter how much I think about going abroad and dedicate myself in contributing to the nation’s rising economy (even though it doesn’t seem quite felt), it would reflect on me, and the media will use its persuasive power to kill people like us (doctors, nurses, therapists) like we are the most gruesome...
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