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Aquino’s response to climate change: Action or inaction?

Tutulungan niyo ba kami? (Will you help us?)” Two women asked as they passed by me on the streets of Veriato, Samar. I asked why. “Nasira ang bahay at kabuhayan namin sa Glenda (Our houses and livelihoods were destroyed by Typhoon Glenda),” they said. I met Aling Valentina and her friend Aling Vicky during the Climate Walk in 2014. Aling Valentina walked me to her house. “Tinapalan na lang namin ng plastic at tarpaulin dahil wala naman kaming pampagawa (We just used plastic and tarpaulin as a makeshift roof because we have no money to fix it),” she said. Aling Vicky then showed me what was left of her piggery, laughing as she recalled her experience. “Ma’am, bumaha rito hanggang leeg. Nung nakita ako ng kapitbahay ko, ang sabi niya sa akin, ‘Lumalangoy na ang mga baboy mo!’ Pinuntahan ko sila agad at nakita ko lumalangoy na nga!” (Ma’am, the floods went up to my neck. When my neighbor saw me, she said, ‘Your pigs are swimming!’ I went to my piggery and saw that …