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Resort owners come together for typhoon cleanup

Monday, Nov 18, 2013 - 01:19

Nov. 18 - Resort owners on the typhoon ravaged islands of Bantayan and Hilantagaan hope to be up and running in a few weeks. Julie Noce reports.

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Relief workers unload supplies onto the pristine beaches of Hilantagaan Island in central Philippines. Normally a tourist destination, the island paradise has been turned into hell on earth after Typhoon Haiyan's path of destruction. Volunteers say it's important not to forget these smaller islands, whose residents are also suffering in the aftermath. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RELIEF VOLUNTEER CHORIE CHAN SAYING: "We are also making efforts to make sure that the unknown islands and places are also being able to receive help from international organizations." On Bantayan island, where coconut trees have been stripped of their branches, one resort owner has turned his establishment into an aid relief headquarters. Owner Nelson Yuballos is appealing to tourists' humanitarianism. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OWNER OF ANIKA RESORT, NELSON YUBALLOS, SAYING: "We will be back. And in fact right now, we have now a new way of asking our tourists to come back. We're asking their sympathy, to be here and be a part of the rebuilding. Other than being a tourist, and enjoying our white sand, our white beach, we're asking them to help rebuild a community." Yuballos hopes his and other resorts on the island will be up and running again by December for the peak holiday season.

Resort owners come together for typhoon cleanup

Monday, Nov 18, 2013 - 01:19

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