Almost five years after Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) wreaked havoc in central Philippines, the survivors in Bantayan Island, Cebu still remember it like it was yesterday.
Nenita Pacinio could still vividly recall the ordeal they had to go through to survive one of the strongest typhoons recorded in history.
“Naglakad kami sa dagat. Nag-iyakan na talaga lahat, naghawak-kamay. Sabi po ng kapatid ko hindi na daw niya kaya po. Sabi ko ‘kayanin mo, marami ka pang anak,” she said in between tears.
The 27-year-old seaweed farmer said they had to brave huge typhoon waves to walk to safety after losing their houses to the storm.
Surviving one of the most catastrophic storms in the Philippines is no small feat. But the young mother of one shared that an outpour of support from so many people have helped them get by.
As one of the 50 family beneficiaries of DMCI Homes and Habitat for Humanity Philippines’ socialized housing for Yolanda survivors, Pacinio is comforted by the thought they are not alone in their fight.
“Masakit po sa amin na mawalan ng bahay
at hanapbuhay kaya nagpapasalamat po kami sa inyo at sa lahat ng tumutulong sa
amin,” shared Pacinio.