Oslo, Norway – A special Nobel Prize was announced today by the board of governors of this annual international award-giving body. The recipient: the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) . This once-in-a-blue-moon award is given to an individual or entity that comes up with and implements an above par humanitarian idea leading to the relief of citizens and countries in need, especially those affected by severe natural disasters.
The only other time the special humanitarian prize was awarded was in 1913 – exactly 100 years ago — but no record exists on who received that award. The very first Nobel awards were given out in 1901. It is believed that an intern working for the Nobel organization in 1913 misplaced the records.
DTI was awarded the humanitarian prize for its brilliant idea to help Filipinos in many provinces in Central Philippines who were left homeless and hungry in the aftermath of the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall anywhere in history. Billed “Diskwento Caravan” (Discount Caravan), the DTI project offered basic goods at discounted prices, including bottled water, canned goods, coffee, milk, noodles, rice, biscuits, bread, condiments and personal care products. DTI regional director for Central Visayas Asteria Caberte said that through the caravans, the department is helping replenish local supply of goods to stabilize the situation in those provinces.
Asked by The Adobo Chronicles why there was a need to “sell” the goods to the typhoon victims when millions of cash and donated items have been pouring in from all over the world to help with typhoon relief, DTI said “We work independently from private relief agencies or the local governments. We are only concerned with our own project and it is in addition to what relief operations are already out there.” It added: “We are proud of what we’re doing to help our countrymen in need, while making a little money ourselves to boost our department’s discretionary funds.”
The special Nobel medal will be given out at a special ceremony in Oslo on Christmas eve.
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With help from some of our readers and viewers, we have made donations to the Philippine Red Cross for Haiyan Typhoon relief. We hope that we all continue to help even after the cameras and news media have left the scenes of devastation. Let’s lift up the Filipino spirit. We will endure. We will rebuild. We are one. We are the world!
Manila, Philippines – As rescue and relief operations enter its second week, many Filipinos in the remote and ravaged towns and cities in Central Philippines are still unaccounted for. Filipino expatriates in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Middle East have turned to Facebook and other forms of social media to try to locate and get information about the fate or whereabouts of their relatives in the Philippines.
Cash and in-kind donations from foreign governments and the international community have begun to pour in, even as relief efforts are starting to slowly come together. Many citizens whose homes were totally destroyed by the typhoon have been flown out of the ravaged areas and into other cities like Manila where they have reunited with their families or are being housed in temporary evacuation centers.
But many Filipinos to date have been unsuccessful in locating missing persons, especially the members of the Philippine Senate. Very few of the senators have been heard from since Haiyan made landfall in Leyte. Just weeks prior to Haiyan, many of the senators were very vocal and visible — in the halls of Congress as well as in the media — defending themselves from allegations of their involvement in the pork barrel scandal which saw the diversion of billions of taxpayer money into fake nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or into the personal accounts of top politicians and their cronies.
Filipino netizens with information on the whereabouts of the senators are being urged to post them on their Facebook or Twitter pages, or on Instagram. They may also report any sightings to Philippine and international media as well as police authorities.