From Good Samaritans cleaning strangers’ ashen cars to PWDs giving out free facemasks, the ongoing Taal Volcano crisis has shown a good chunk of the kind side of Filipinos. However, it’s also revealed the selfishness that comes with crises like this.
It's one thing to panic buy, but don't hoard the damn masks. A Facebook friend reported that she saw a woman buying 10 boxes of n95 masks for a family of four — that's 1200 masks! And n95s are REUSABLE!
And now they're all sold out!
Wag madamot, wag tanga, please lang.
— Mia マルシー (@miithinks) January 12, 2020
This isn’t the only recent example when a lack of empathy has shown itself, as people have also gone under fire for buying out drinking water to wash their cars, calling delivery in the middle of ashfall, and forcing employees to go to work (workers have the right to refuse if it’s unsafe, BTW).
We’re not saying that the crisis isn’t a collective PH struggle, but when the first thing that comes to mind is ‘what can I gain?‘ instead of ‘what can I give?‘, then it’s time for some serious privilege checking.
In a state of calamity, we see the true color of a person.
a) a person who gives face-mask for free;
b) a person who increases the price of his face-mask.
Choose to be the former — always! Let us be kind to each other. We need each other. #TaalEruption2020
— Russel (@russeltubo) January 13, 2020
Call it preachy, but with everything happening and possibly even more to come, we need to be more empathetic than ever.