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More rain on Thursday due to Typhoon Paolo

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Satellite image as of October 18, 11 pm. Image courtesy of NOAA

Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Caraga should expect more moderate to heavy rain

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 18, 2017) — More rain is expected as Typhoon Paolo (Lan) maintained its strength and speed late Wednesday evening, October 18. Continue reading More rain on Thursday due to Typhoon Paolo

NDRRMC to local officials: Prepare for Severe Tropical Storm Paolo, LPA

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PREPAREDNESS. The NDRRMC conducts an emergency response preparedness meeting to discuss government response for combined effects of Severe Tropical Storm Paolo and the low pressure area. Photo from NDRRMC

Those in Bicol, the Visayas, and Mindanao are advised to take precautionary measures amid rain from Paolo, while Palawan is affected by the low pressure area

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 17, 2017) — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) advised local governments and residents to be on alert for both Severe Tropical Storm Paolo (Lan) and a low pressure area (LPA). Continue reading NDRRMC to local officials: Prepare for Severe Tropical Storm Paolo, LPA

Where the Marawi war began: The safe house in Basak Malutlut

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The safe house in Basak Malutlut is a silent witness to the first exchange of gunfire on May 23, 2017 that triggered the war in Marawi City

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Oct. 17, 2017) — The bullet holes that riddled the freshly painted walls of the 4-storey house in the village of Basak Malutlut tell the story of an intense firefight that erupted not too far away from the military headquarters here. Continue reading Where the Marawi war began: The safe house in Basak Malutlut

Severe Tropical Storm Paolo slightly intensifies

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Satellite image as of October 17, 11 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Paolo (Lan) now has maximum winds of 105 km/h and gustiness of up to 130 km/h

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 17, 2017) — Severe Tropical Storm Paolo (Lan) slightly intensified and accelerated a bit as it continued moving over the Philippine Sea on Tuesday evening, October 17. Continue reading Severe Tropical Storm Paolo slightly intensifies

2017 World Food Day focuses on nutrition as part of human rights

around 2.2 million Filipino families suffer from food scarcity and malnutrition
HUNGER. Around 2.2 million Filipino families suffer from food scarcity and malnutrition, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

The Council for Health and Development calls for genuine land reform, saying it is ‘the most effective and efficient solution to the current food crisis in the Philippines’

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 16, 2017) — The Council for Health and Development (CHD), the national secretariat of more than 70 community-based health programs in the Philippines, underscored that food and proper nutrition are an integral part of basic human rights. Continue reading 2017 World Food Day focuses on nutrition as part of human rights

Lifting Mindanao martial law: What Duterte, Lorenzana have said so far

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TO LIFT OR NOT TO LIFT? Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they will make an assessment first before sending recommendations to President Rodrigo Duterte. Photos from Malacañang

After two of the top leaders of local terrorists are killed in Marawi City, is the lifting of martial law in Mindanao coming anytime soon?

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 16, 2017) — After Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed on Monday, October 16, that Abu Sayyaf subleader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leader Omar Maute were killed by government troops past midnight, the next question from the public was inevitably, would martial law in Mindanao be lifted now?  Continue reading Lifting Mindanao martial law: What Duterte, Lorenzana have said so far

1 dead, over 1,300 families displaced as floods hit Zamboanga City

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FLOODING. The intertropical convergence zone brings heavy rain and floods to Zamboanga City.

The lone fatality is a 70-year-old man who drowned while evacuating

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Oct. 16, 2017 ) — One person died and 4 others were injured as heavy rain caused by the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) triggered flooding in this city on Sunday, October 15. Continue reading 1 dead, over 1,300 families displaced as floods hit Zamboanga City

Children’s health in peril as climate impacts escalate in PH

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More Filipino children face the dangers of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and Chikungunya – another viral disease that shares clinical symptoms with dengue, but is incurable

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 15, 2017) — More Filipinos are now exposed to viral diseases due to climate change impacts in the country. Continue reading Children’s health in peril as climate impacts escalate in PH

Tropical Storm Odette intensifies as it crosses Cagayan

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Satellite image as of October 13, 6:30 am. Image courtesy of NOAA

Odette (Khanun) slightly strengthens after hitting Santa Ana, Cagayan early Friday, October 13

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 13, 2017) — Tropical Storm Odette (Khanun) is now crossing northern Cagayan after making landfall in Santa Ana, Cagayan at 12:40 am on Friday, October 13. Continue reading Tropical Storm Odette intensifies as it crosses Cagayan

40 European firms set sights on PH renewable energy market

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CLEAN ENERGY. There are 5,760 solar panels atop SM City North EDSA’s parking building. Rappler file photo

Companies from 13 European countries eye investments in solar generation, hydropower, wind power, and electric vehicles

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 12, 2017) — About 40 European companies are set to visit the Philippines this month to explore opportunities in the local renewable energy sector, said an official of the European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines. Continue reading 40 European firms set sights on PH renewable energy market