SECOND MEETING. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council holds its second meeting under the Duterte administration on January 12, 2017 in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Photo by Toni Zuniga If Congress approves, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will be replaced by an independent agency called the Civil Defense Authority (CDA)
MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 13, 2017) — Learning from the problems encountered during Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and other big disasters, the government is poised to establish a new disaster management agency.
Continue reading Gov’t eyes ‘stronger’ disaster management agency to replace NDRRMC DEMANDING JUSTICE. Fishermen from Serum, Basey in Samar arrive at the Old Jeep Terminal Rizal Avenue in Tacloban City to meet with other protesters joining the people surge. Photos by Catherine Atienza/ Rappler Disaster survivors demand that the current administration address the pervading hunger, poverty, and militarization in the affected communities
TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines (Nov. 8, 2016) — Yolanda survivors and activists of the People Surge Alliance of Disaster Survivors in Eastern Visayas urged President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, November 8, to prioritize issues still neglected and unresolved three years after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Continue reading Yolanda survivors to Duterte: We demand justice AFTERMATH. Tacloban City after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) left a trail of destruction in 2013. Rappler file photo The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council reports that only around 4,000 families have occupied permanent housing as of September this year
MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 8, 2016) — Vice President Leni Robredo, who chairs the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), said Monday, November 7, that they aim to complete resettlement sites for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) by 2018.
Continue reading Robredo eyes completion of Yolanda housing by 2018 Image by Rappler.com Nearly 100 countries ratify or accept the landmark agreement that seeks to curb global warming, but the Philippines is not among them
TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines (Nov. 8, 2016) — As the Philippines marked the 4th anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the Paris climate change agreement came into force.
Continue reading Advocates urge PH Senate to ratify Paris climate deal after Duterte nod BETTER FARMING. Eutiquo Casiroman plows the rice field using the hand tractor provided to the farmers’ association that he is a part of by Plan International. Photo courtesy of Plan International ‘We are now resilient farmers. When another typhoon comes, we will no longer have a hard time coping,’ says a farmer from Balangiga, Eastern Samar
EASTERN SAMAR, Philippines (Nov. 8, 2016)— Three years after Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), coconut farmers in Eastern Visayas have improved their farming practices and engaged in diversified livelihood to adapt to the “new normal.”
Continue reading Yolanda taught Eastern Visayas farmers to diversify livelihood WHAT’S LEFT. Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) caused massive damage when it hit Eastern Visayas on November 8, 2013. Rappler file photo Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Aleli Bawagan says it is ‘shameful’ that the government has not yet provided these houses promised to typhoon survivors
MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 7, 2016) — Only around a third of the core shelters needed in Yolanda-stricken areas have been completed 3 years after the deadly super typhoon hit the country, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Continue reading DSWD: 62% of core shelters yet to be built 3 years after Yolanda 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 CLEAN WATER. Residents in the island-village of Taloto-an enjoy clean water from the solar filtration system built by Iloilo CODE and Christian Aid. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler An aid group working on post Yolanda rehabilitation project says clean water sanitation is usually overlooked in disaster-hit areas
ILOILO, Philippines (Sept. 12, 2016) — While creating new homes should be a key priority of the government and aid groups in rehabilitating communities in the aftermath of disasters, the intervention should not end there.
Continue reading Water sanitation ‘crucial’ for new resettlement areas VULNERABLE. Rice and corn farmers may go deeper into poverty because of climate change. Photo by Vincent Go / Greenpeace Climate Change Commission Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman urges local officials to create their own action plan by the end of 2017
MANILA, Philippines (July 7, 2016) — Seven years after the Climate Change Act of 2009 was passed, only 1 in 10 local government units (LGUs) in disaster-prone Philippines has complied with the law’s requirement of drafting local climate change action plans (LCCAP).
Continue reading Only 1 in 10 LGUs has plan on how to respond to natural disasters 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