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Bicol grade school students trained in disaster response, resilience

a representative from the office of civil defense bicol demonstrates to pupils at the bacacay east central school in albay how to administer first aid
TRAINING. A representative from the Office of Civil Defense Bicol demonstrates to pupils at the Bacacay East Central School in Albay how to administer first aid. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Bicol is the pilot area for the Office of Civil Defense’s resilience caravan

ALBAY, Philippines (Nov. 24, 2017) — The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol is teaching the next generation of Bicolanos to be prepared should disaster strike in the region. Continue reading Bicol grade school students trained in disaster response, resilience

NDRRMC postpones nationwide earthquake drill

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EARTHQUAKE DRILL. In this file photo, a worker activates the siren as employees cover their heads while they run for safety during the Nationwide Earthquake Drill, at the Quezon City Hall grounds, March 31, 2017. File photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

The NDRRMC calls off the disaster preparedness activity after President Rodrigo Duterte suspends government work and classes on September 21

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 19, 2017) — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) called off the national simultaneous earthquake drill (NSED) that was initially scheduled on Thursday, September 21, opting to postpone the activity to a later date. Continue reading NDRRMC postpones nationwide earthquake drill

Bring disaster preparedness down to communities – DILG exec

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FRONTLINE. Local governments are the first responders to every disaster, says DILG undersecretary Austere Panadero. Rappler screengrab

DILG undersecretary Austere Panadero says it is crucial to bring preparation down to the community and family levels

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 9, 2017) — Disaster preparedness needs to be brought down to the community level. Continue reading Bring disaster preparedness down to communities – DILG exec

Agusan del Sur residents in need of rescue, relief due to flash floods

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HELP NEEDED. Citizens in Barangay in Sagunto, Lapaz town are waiting to be rescued. Photo courtesy of Jamaica Jumonong/Rappler

Netizens from the area have been posting photos and updates on the need for evacuation and relief goods in the area before signal went down

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 20, 2017) — Thousands of residents in Agusan del Sur province are in need of rescue and relief goods as flash floods inundate towns along the Agusan River on Thursday, January 19. Continue reading Agusan del Sur residents in need of rescue, relief due to flash floods

#RescueMarch in Eastern Visayas commemorates Yolanda

mogadishu walk on their final march to ground zero in balyuan grounds, tacloban city
RESCUERS IN ACTION. Rescuers perform the Mogadishu Walk on their final march to ground zero in Balyuan Grounds, Tacloban City. All photos by Jene-Anne Pangue/ Rappler

‘We learned a lot from Yolanda, not just rebuilding lives but rebuilding them better. Yolanda provided a benchmark. It is the new normal,’ says Office of Civil Defense 8 Regional Director Edgar Posadas

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines (Nov. 7, 2016) — More than 400 responders from rescue teams, local government units, government agencies, civil society organizations, and volunteer groups participated in the first-ever rescue march in Eastern Visayas on Sunday, November 6, to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and to prepare for the next deadly typhoon.  Continue reading #RescueMarch in Eastern Visayas commemorates Yolanda

DSWD eyes new guidelines on shelter aid grant to disaster victims

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SLOW. The Philippine government still has a ton to accomplish, two years after Typhoon Yolanda struck the country in 2013. File photo by Rappler

The new guidelines will help facilitate the speedier release of emergency shelter assistance to disaster victims

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 4, 2016) — An investigating team of social welfare officials has recommended new guidelines on the distribution of emergency shelter assistance (ESA) for disaster victims after it discovered loopholes in the process applied to victims of super typhoon Yolanda.  Continue reading DSWD eyes new guidelines on shelter aid grant to disaster victims

#Pagyanig: NDRRMC, LGUs hold nationwide simultaneous quake drill

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RAIN OR SHINE. Responders from the Bureau of Fire Protection Region 4A report to the command center during the 3rd Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill. Photo credit: Rappler

At the staging area in Biñan, Laguna, the quake drill involves a series of well-orchestrated disaster response scenes. Disaster management officials say that the drill in Biñan is now a model for others

BINAN CITY, Philippines (Sept. 29, 2016) — Loud sirens signaled the start of the 3rd Quarter #Pagyanig Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) at 9 am on Wednesday, September 28, in various parts of the country. This was followed immediately by a series of well-orchestrated disaster response scenes to rival any Hollywood disaster movie.  Continue reading #Pagyanig: NDRRMC, LGUs hold nationwide simultaneous quake drill

Western Visayas shares disaster communication tips for LGUs

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PREPAREDNESS. Local government responders and uniformed personnel participate in a two-day conference on ICT for DRRM organized by the Office of Civil Defense. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

At the ICT Bayanihan Summit held in Iloilo City on Thursday, July 7, local agencies share good practices and challenges in the use of information communication technology during disasters

ILOILO CITY, Philippines (July 9, 2016) — Other local government units, agencies, and groups involved in disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) efforts can learn from the experience of responders and communication managers from the Western Visayas region.  Continue reading Western Visayas shares disaster communication tips for LGUs

OCD finally uses up ‘idle’ funds for Yolanda victims after 2 years

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AID NEEDED. State auditors said the OCD should have immediately used up its quick response funds to aid Yolanda victims.

In 2014, state auditors criticized the Office of Civil Defense for its slow use of the funds, which should have been used to help victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda

MANILA, Philippines (May 24, 2016) — Two years since the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) over central Philippines, the P923.154-million quick response fund (QRF) of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has been used, the Commission on Audit (COA) said. Continue reading OCD finally uses up ‘idle’ funds for Yolanda victims after 2 years

#RescueMarch 2016, Responders go the distance to save lives

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FOR HUMANITY. The Rescue March Challenge aims to foster camaraderie, responder interoperability, and a culture of preparedness. Image courtesy Mara Mercado. Base images courtesy Martin Aguda

Some 700 disaster responders and uniformed men walk from the Bonifacio Shrine near Manila City Hall to Fort Bonifacio to prepare for the worse case scenario, in case the West Valley Fault System moves

MANILA, Philippines (Apr. 26, 2016) — What happens when the West Valley Fault moves and a 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes?  Continue reading #RescueMarch 2016, Responders go the distance to save lives