No doubt, the devastation that the typhoon that four typhoons (Pndoy, Pepeng, Ramil, and Santi) brought in the entire Luzon in September and October was the biggest story of the country in 2009. However, the relief and recovery operations of the government agencies, including that of the DOH, were sidetracked as mere politicking in the eyes of the media. No matter how hard it tried, the DOH’s HERO (Health Emergency Relief Operations) found no match with Sagip Kapamilya or Kapuso Foundation efforts. The power of media prevailed.

Somehow, and without much fanfare, the DOH continued its operations by fielding medical teams and distributing medicines and safe water to evacuation centers and communities in devastated areas.