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4 years after Yolanda, trauma still haunts typhoon victims

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AFTERMATH. A woman picks up what’s left of her belongings in the rubble after the floodwaters subsided in Eastern Samar. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Victims of natural disasters are vulnerable to trauma, as well as mental problems such as stress disorders, depression and general anxiety

AKLAN, Philippines (Nov. 5, 2017) — Four years since Super Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan), most survivors still carry the emotional burden brought by the catastrophic disaster that hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013. Continue reading 4 years after Yolanda, trauma still haunts typhoon victims

Making maps useful for addressing disasters and climate change

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UNDERSTANDING MAPS. This is a screenshot of the maps on landslide and flood susceptibility from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (Mines and Geosciences Bureau). The maps are in jpeg format, and require considerable work for reuse.

‘In a time when people are increasingly exposed to the factors of disaster and climate change, I believe that usable maps can help people make a difference’

August 2, 2017 — When addressing disasters and climate change, at what point does the geographic information become useful? Continue reading Making maps useful for addressing disasters and climate change

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

FAST FACTS: Leyte and natural disasters

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Leyte province has had its share of natural disasters over the years

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 7, 2017) — A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Leyte province Thursday afternoon, July 6, which left at least two people dead and a hundred injured. Continue reading FAST FACTS: Leyte and natural disasters

How Tagbanua communities in Coron recovered from Yolanda

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RISK ASSESSMENT. Tagbanua residents map hazards in their community after super typhoon Yolanda with the help of CordAid and Samdhana Institute. Photo courtesy of Samdhana Institute

‘They have an indigenous structure that is more resilient to typhoons compared to the models that were introduced by other agencies,’ an NGO says

PALAWAN, Philippines (Jan. 21, 2017) — Civil society groups and government units working in the town of Coron in Palawan province are using indigenous peoples’ (IP) old knowledge on the environment and disasters to ensure their communities are climate change resilient. Continue reading How Tagbanua communities in Coron recovered from Yolanda

DSWD to prioritize review of Yolanda rehabilitation projects

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REVIEW. Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo says they have been reviewing their services since July 1, with post-Yolanda rebuilding programs on top of their list. Leyte photo by Vince Go & Taguiwalo photo from her Facebook page

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo says anomalies, if any, ‘will be dealt with appropriately’

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 1, 2016) — Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said they will prioritize the review of projects and services related to the rehabilitation of Yolanda-stricken communities.  Continue reading DSWD to prioritize review of Yolanda rehabilitation projects

Ex-Tacloban mayor – Yolanda funds not misspent

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Tacloban City. File photo by EPA

The camp of ex-mayor Alfred Romualdez says: ‘Kung tutuusin kaya nga kami nasita eh kasi ibinigay po namin ang nararapat lang talaga na para sa kanila

MANILA, Philippines (July 31, 2016) — The camp of former Tacloban mayor Alfred Romualdez said the city government did not misspend the recovery funds for Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).  Continue reading Ex-Tacloban mayor – Yolanda funds not misspent

Tacloban misspent nearly P1B in Yolanda funds

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TRAGEDY. Super Typhoon Yolanda levels the coast of Leyte in November 2013.

Ex-mayor Alfred Romualdez, in response, says they gave what people deserved to get, and blamed the delays on the national government’s stringent rules

MANILA, Philippines (July 30, 2016) — If thousands of survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Tacloban City have yet to feel the benefits of millions of pesos in rehabilitation funds, it is because irregularities marked a variety of projects, state auditors found.  Continue reading Tacloban misspent nearly P1B in Yolanda funds