Tacloban City commemorates 5th year anniversary of Yolanda tragedy

(photo credit: Jimmy Angay-Angay)

The fifth year anniversary of typhoon Yolanda was observed in Tacloban City today, Nov. 8

In Brgy. Anibong, Fr. Ralf Martino Barcelo celebrated Holy Mass in front of MV Eva Jocely, the ship that skidded off and had been turned into a shrine in memory of the effects of the said typhoon.

A mass was also held in St. Jude Parish.

Tacloban City was hammered by non-stop rains and strong winds. Dozens of families lost their livelihood and homes because of strong storm surge.

More than 10 thousand people have died or have gone missing.

In line with the celebration, different protests were also staged today amid their constant cry to provide permanent homes for the survivors.

Survivor continue to seek the government for housing, livelihood, and for them to be able to identify and claim the bodies of their bereaved loved ones.

It has been five years, and still, they have yet to receive updates on the results of the DNA testing on the bodies.

DYVL Aksyon Radyo Tacloban reporter Ronald Vinas’ body remains missing up to this day.  He was on duty when the tragedy happened.

According to Fr. Ralf Barcelo, some residents are having difficulties moving on because the government has yet to fulfill its promise to them.

Flowers were offered at the mass grave holy cross and also at the ship wreck memorial area.

A candle lighting ceremony is scheduled for tonight, as well as a sky lantern memorial in Balyuan grounds.

(photo credit: Jimmy Angay-Angay)


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