TACLOBAN–Six months ago, people would have killed for that, Teddy Arellano was telling me.
Teddy, a member of iCSC’s Team Recharge Tacloban, was pointing to a piece of bread on the sidewalk in front of a bakery downtown. No larger than the size of my fist, the piece of pan de sal was abandoned, ignored by passersby like it was the most natural thing in the world to do.
It wouldn’t be possible in November and the succeeding months after that, he added, referring to the landfall of typhoon Yolanda, which nearly obliterated the city and underscored the government’s inability to respond quickly in times of disaster.
However, the situation in Tacloban is a bit better now, Teddy said.
Electricity has been restored in many establishments, especially those located downtown.
It was a far cry from December when shortages–power and otherwise–rendered supplies more expensive. At that time, a one-and-a-half liter of Coke sold for P60 each in Tacloban, nearly twice its retail price elsewhere in the country, InterAksyon.com correspondent Lottie Salarda said.
It may still be a long, arduous struggle before Tacloban regains its former glory as the trade and cultural hub of Eastern Visayas.
But one thing’s for sure: It sure is getting there.
Boojie Basilio is iCSC’s “Man in Tacloban” who is humanizing the experience of building back better in super typhoon Haiyan’s ground zero through his blog “Tales from the Slacktivist.”