LOON, Bohol , The tale of sixteen-year old Rodalyn Barili, who is now on her grade 8 at Sacred Heart Academy of this town, may be a heavy-hearted
but evokes positive anecdote, a year today, Nov. 8, after super typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan) demolished Leyte and neighboring provinces. On November 8, 2013, the ferocious strength of supertyphoon Yolanda, made a landfall in this part of the globe, plunged Tacloban City, capital of
Leyte and neighboring towns, into chaos, devastating infrastructure, and thousands died and missing. Just like the aftermath of the magnitude 7.2 tha struck Bohol on October 15, 2013, reconstruction continues as Bohol and Leyte provinces, the heavily damaged, strive to heal its wounds. But the rebuilding of lives is far from over or a new disaster may not be never far away, either. Preparedness has been the order of the day, officials said, even as they learned their lessons.
The agony of the disaster resonated the world over and aid, emergency or otherwise, poured in. Leyte and Bohol have survived and started to move on. And they’re alive, ready to write a new chapter in its bittersweet recent history. In an exclusive interview at the school, her story of of survival and hope is bittersweet and thanks the year has passed without major storms but occasional aftershocks are felt here, there and everywhere. Just like any others, earthquake and Yolanda, victims have turned their sad experience into powerful stories that make them hopeful and many a story of survival. There are thousands of tales detailing how victims survived in earthquake that struck Bohol and neighboring island-provinces.
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And for Rodalyn it?s time to move on as seen on her face for a new breath of life after the ordeal she came through in both the earthquake and Yolanda experiences. She?s just taken her exam, just few minutes before the interview took place at the makeshift office of school principal, Aquilina Peñaranda on Friday. Rodalyn cannot help but recalled what really happened to her family. She said she was with her father, Roger Barili, Sr., who works with local funeraria and brother, Roger Barili, Jr. when quake hit this town on that fateful day. When semestral break set in, the family decided to visit Leyte. But the vacation turned into a nightmare when ?Yolanda? struck Sta. Fe town in Leyte province where her mother resides. All of them, her mother, Norma Palencia were safe but their dwelling they were in and the practically all their neighbors houses were literally flattened in the aftermath of the typhoon, she said.
But her mother?s brother, Martin Palencia?s family, his wife and two kids, died on the wrath of the super typhoon, she said. She said they were told to stay at home but due to pressing call for church commitment, the family of Martin went on to the said gathering, she said. Rodalyn beaming with hope in her sweet smile and optimism said that she wanted to finish her studies in the secondary and go to college soon. He brother is now studying collge in Leyte, she said.Bohol has its share of agony and struggle to keep afloat in the aftermath of the earthquake last year but nevertheless it?s also lending its hand to Yolanda victims who are Boholano in blood and spirit. It launched search and rescue by dispatching the Tarsier 117 members. Later on, Balik Bohol Reintegration Program (BBRP) was launched in a bid to locate the Boholano typhoon survivors. Barili family was among the recipients that availed of the BBRP launched by the provincial government to bring back survivors to the province of Bohol for good.
Other beneficiaries of the program include Policarpio Mejos, 72, a resident of Victory island, Guian, Eastern Samar were among the 31 balikbayans from Samar. Others include, Alma Legetimas, Trisha Mae Legetimas Trina Joy Legetimas, Trixie Anne Legetimas, Juliefe Anib, Junrey Anib, Roger Barili, Sr., Rodalyn Barili, Roger Barili, jr., Geugenia Singzon, Renalyn Singzon, Renardo Singzon, Jr., Mary Jane Singzon, Joecris Bacolod, Florante Bacolod, Norman Echavez, Rodel Echavez, Federeto Datoy, Shirley Datoy, Rachel Datoy, Cedric Datoy, Gorgonio Datoy, Jay-ar Cuaton, Eddie Asunto, Josue Echavez, Monico, Caresiosa, REgine Singzon, Renaldo Singzon, Sr., and Lolito Malmis. (rvo)