Restoration in the Philippines

It’s at times like these that we are especially reminded that the extent of our restoration projects is miniscule compared to the recent tragedy in the Philippines.

The restoration efforts to even begin to return the country to normalcy will no doubt take months, even years, as support from the U.S. and other countries continues to come in.

So what exactly is involved, at least initially, in cleaning up the disaster in the Philippines?

Clearing Rubble and Debris

After the earthquake in Haiti a few years ago, it was estimated that there was enough rubble and debris to fill the Louisiana Superdome 5 times. A year later, barely 20% of that had been cleared.

They will need to establish specific dump zones, which will obviously limit the speed at which they can clear affected areas. Then they can accordingly assign teams to start moving all of the concrete, wood, and other destroyed materials.

Rebuilding Homes

Some estimates say that at this point, Typhoon Haiyan has displaced over 3 million people. The next effort will be to create shelters and homes that cannot only withstand high winds, but also safeguard against flooding. In the meantime, Filipinos have been left either homeless, or living with relatives whose home remain intact.

Restoring Electricity

Transformers and power lines have been completely knocked out in the entire Tacloban area, leaving Filipinos is a modern-day dark age. Restoring power, it was originally said, would take at least a year for the entire country… but not if Jericho Petilla had anything to say about it.

Earlier today, the Philippines’ Secretary of Energy made an incredible resolution: he wants to do a year’s worth of work in just a month and a half. With Christmas being a time of hope for people in the Philippines, the Secretary said that he would make it his personal mission to restore lighting for the entire country by Christmas Eve, because, “It’s difficult to celebrate Christmas without light.”

He added that if he cannot complete the task, he would resign.

At we at Ritz ask still are asking, “What can we do to help?” Something that all of us can do is to donate to this formidable task: the Huffington Post has provided a number of different links to various charities and efforts. You may even want to organize a fundraiser at your work, school, or other organization.

As a country tries to get back on its feet, it’s our sincere desire that we can help restore hope to the Philippines, one day at a time.