Facebook Is Deprioritizing Our Stories. Good.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/zmqgn4/facebook-algorithm-news-feed-change “More importantly, journalism that is engineered to be viral, to be liked or picked by an algorithm is not journalism, it’s marketing. A news media whose existence relies on a centralized portal is subject to the whims of that portal. And a society that relies on a centralized portal to get its news may very well be doomed.”

A Testimony from a Volunteer

Post by Junep Ocampo:

A TESTIMONY FROM A VOLUNTEER… From the post of Anton Ng on OPLAN HATID page…

Just wanted to share this story that happened this morning at the Villamor Air Base. A dispatch volunteer announced that they need an Oplan Hatid volunteer to bring 14 evacuees to Baguio. There was a moment of silence. Then the volunteers erupted to applause as a volunteer raised his hand. That volunteer is neither from Baguio nor he has a family there. It was just from the goodness of his heart. Then another Oplan Hatid volunteer went to the front and handed 2 gasoline vouchers to the volunteer driving to Baguio. The gasoline vouchers amount to P1,500. However, the volunteer’s van can only accommodate 7 evacuees so another van is needed. Seeing that nobody is volunteering, the dispatch volunteer suggested that why not raise the bus fare of the remaining 7 evacuees. In less than a minute, P9,000 was raised. God is truly at work.

Helping from Manila #Yolanda

Post by James Deakin:

Ok, for all those generous and wonderful souls that have offered to drive the evacuees of #yolanda from Villamor to where they need to go in Manila, firstly, God bless you all. You will not believe how much your help is appreciated. I drove a family of seven today and I was choking back the tears after they kept thanking me. It means so much to them. Not so much the ride, but the gesture.

So here’s how it works: You can just turn up tomorrow anywhere from 8-5pm and walk up to the Volunteer Transport registration counter and sign up. They will tell you the rides that are needed. You can just pick from there.

Or, you can call my buddy Junep Ocampo (0917 583 1122) who is doing an amazing job organising this and just register your intent to help. He can give you a snap shot of the backlog. But keep in mind he is also overwhelmed, which is why option 1 is still the best.

Simple Facts:

C130 flights land roughly every two hours. And this is ongoing. So please don’t feel bad if you can’t help out tomorrow but have a day free on Sunday or any day next week. If you can offer one ride, that is one ride we didn’t have. Don’t hesitate simply because you think it is not enough. Anything is better than nothing.

Red Cross are great. Plenty of volunteers there. Same with WATSONS, who are giving free medicines. Love you guys. There are doctors and nurses as well. I’m not sure who sponsored or sent them, and I’m very sorry for that, but thank you. Mabuhay kayong lahat.

What else can I bring?

There is tremendous relief work being done there right now. I saw awesome people passing hot, cooked food around; there’s also water, medicines, clothing and even relief packs. Basically, everyone is being very well cared for there once they land. But a simple ‘welcome kit’ from you may also be a nice touch. It could be some extra rice, a prepaid cellphone card, whatever. It is up to you. Or you can bring whatever you have and give to the pool. It won’t go to waste.

Getting there:

For those unfamiliar with the area, if you’re coming from the Nichols bridge, after passing the rotunda, head towards Resorts world Manila (RWM) but take a left at the first traffic lights just before you get to RWM.

If you’re coming from NAIA side, clear the last rotunda after NAIA 3, then take a right at the first traffic light AFTER the skyway entrance.

Once you get to the guard house, just tell the guard you are going to the main grandstand as a volunteer for the relief efforts. Then go straight after that. You will hit the end of the road and another guard house. Turn right. Find a parking spot. Then look or ask for the volunteer transport counter. It is on the left side when you’re facing the back of the grandstand. They will assign you a family to transport based on your limitations. It is up to you to choose.

On a side note, please let me know how your experience was by posting it here in the comments section. I ask this because I understand that some people may be understandably wary of taking strangers in their cars. But if we all share our experiences here, maybe it might lessen their apprehensions.

For what it is worth, personally, I can only say that I met wonderful people that made me change my whole perspective of things; yes there are some awful things happening after the typhoon, but there are also beautiful things. You can still choose which one you want to be a part of.

For all those who choose to help, I wish there was a stronger word. But for now, thank you nalang.

Not contributing to the negativity

Post by Cito Beltran:

Not contributing to the negativity is the least we could all do. That is my pledge. Dear Friends on Facebook,
Please be careful about re-posting and commenting on stuff that has been coming out even if they are from friends or relatives particularly of a political nature. As an opinion writer and Journalist I have repeatedly found myself being “innocently asked” or requested to write commentaries about certain “bad” or non-performing” individuals or situations. I even get photos of supposed “Epals” on relief goods.

After careful checking I figured out that the requests were made by people paid,hired, or salaried by PR firms,were political consultants or propaganda units from different sides. It is easy to photo shop, reproduce images, print them and make them into what they are not. I have also discovered that some of the “personal testimony” from people coming out of “Hell” or disaster areas can be exaggerated perhaps from shock and awe. Patiently interviewing them has often revealed a different and truthful accounting.

The problem is we are now becoming very divided because of these people and their handiwork. I have been guilty of sharing or believing such “posts” and first hand accounts, I now choose to be more careful. Please ask yourself if what you are about to share, post or comment on is accurate, truthful or useful. How we individually feel about government is one thing, it should never ever change how we feel about each other as “Friends” whether on Facebook or in everyday life.

If you share my sentiments please do me the favor of sharing this if only to save friendships and the social and not political nature of Facebook for Filipinos in particular and Netizens in general. May your days be long ones filled with true Joy and real “friends”. God Bless.

News from DSWD

Post by Isay Alvarez Seña:

Here’s my pm to somebody I know in dswd. I’m sharing to let people know what’s happening or at least what dswd is doing.
ME:
I know you guys are busy but why are things taking so long for relief efforts be felt by the people there?
7 hours ago

Hi Tita Isay, it’s okay, I appreciate your concern. On the first day, we are honest that when we got there, wala talagang tao. All our field personnel and even the other agencies, are all based in Tacloban and no one reported to work. Sec Dinky, our Asec, and 2 field staff lang ang nandun. All of our preposition goods were washed away. The closest relief hub was in Cebu but during the first day, wala pang daanan and Cebu is aslo servicing the areas affectd by the earthquake.

Second day we started a more organized relief distribution already but still with limited resources and staff at tuloy tuloy na ang dating ng relief goods. We have established 3 relief hubs (ormoc, tacloban, guian). We are continuously moving relief packs from all DSWD regional offices to Region 8. Mahirap lang kasi malalayo and hindi talaga kaya i-airlift lahat given na limited ang c130 (buti nagpahiram ang US at China at sira mostly ang airport facilities. This is very challenging and we are working 100 percent 24/7 para marating sila agad.

Tulong tulong na ito.

Naabot na namin yung mga pinapakita sa news, yung mga island barangays, we are asking kung pwede food drops.

I’ll post more details but now, we’re having problems moving the relief goods from Manila kasi most of govt trucks are moving relief directly manila to Basey Samar, Leyte, Panay, Antique and Capiz and we can’t wait for it to be airlifted by airlines and c130 kasi kaunti lang ang capacity nun. We have to move at least 50K relief packs a day.

Sorry mahaba yung sagot ko. Sana nasagot ko yung tanong mo.

Other national government agencies will help relief operations management kasi sob rang laki talaga ng demand. We’re opening more relief satellite offices such as ATeneo and La Salle kasi di na rin kaya ng DSWd warehouse lang

Salamat Tita!
7 hours ago · Sent from Mobile

Yolanda Situation from an international relief agency

Post by Joel Butuyan:

Here’s what I have gathered from an international relief agency which I’m assisting in its entry in the country. The agency has vast experience in war and disaster emergencies, and in setting up and operating refugee camps.

The situation in the most affected areas of Leyte and Samar has now been declared as a Category 3 disaster area by international relief agencies. It is the highest possible category of emergency given in any disaster situation. The situation is that grim. In many areas, there are no structures, trees, or anything upright and useful that have been left standing.

There’s a huge amount of relief goods already stationed in Cebu City waiting to be transported to Leyte. However, even if the relief goods can be transported to Tacloban, the huge logistical problems are as follows: 1. there are barely no functioning vehicles that can be used to transport the relief goods to the affected areas. As soon as the goods arrive in Tacloban, the relief goods are snapped up by our desperate countrymen waiting at any of the unloading areas like the Tacloban airport. As a result, relief goods do not reach outlying areas. 2. The roads to the outlying communities still have many obstacles that prevent travel; 2. There are no shelters that can house relief workers because there are barely no structure left with roofs. 3. Enough security is not yet in place that would guarantee the safety of relief workers. Because of the victims’ dire hunger/thirst and grim medical conditions, relief workers are at risk of becoming victims of violence if they enforce orderly distribution of goods without sufficient security. Among other many complicated problems on the ground at this point.

The government is faced with so many complicated problems in these relief operations. I am not on the ground and I can only imagine from the comforts of my seat the huge difficulties faced by our government officials. I will cut them some slack at this point, withhold judgment in the meantime , and just do whatever I can to help.

‘Breaking Bad,’ Season 5, Episode 13, ‘To’hajiilee’: review – Boing Boing

'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 13, 'To'hajiilee': review - Boing Boing:

"Spoilers. Kevin McFarland reviews the fifth of Breaking Bad’s final eight episodes, in which Walter White is caught between a rock and a hard place. Catch up on previous episodes in our Boing Boing "Breaking Bad" archives.Once Hank placed that call to Marie, something didn’t feel right. Or perhaps,… " — My Comments : incredible!

The abundance of slowness

The abundance of slowness:

"1. Slow down
2. Stop trying to be a hero.
3. Go home.
4. Minimize meetings.
5. Go dark.
6. Leave the office for lunch.
7. Give up on multitasking.
8. Say no. ” — My Comments : Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is already home because she figured out a faster way to get things done. – Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson, Rework