Issue 1 Original Writing

Abusing Resilience: The Filipino in the face of Disaster

Article by APS, originally published on his personal blog, revised for Bandilang Itim.

On the afternoon of January 12 the Taal Volcano began spewing ash and smoke from its ancient caldera. Within hours a massive evacuation effort was launched to get people out of harm’s way. A comrade was among the people fleeing the scene. Government offices and schools were understandably closed due to the disaster, but BPO centers around the areas most affected by the ensuing ashfall had the gall to call their workers back to work.