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 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 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 Image by Rappler.com 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 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 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 TRAGEDY. Super Typhoon Yolanda levels the coast of Leyte in November 2013. Rappler file photo Nearly 3 years ago since Super Typhoon Yolanda, only 12% of the 205,000 needed housing for victims have been completed
MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 4, 2016) — Nearly 3 years since Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Visayas, several agencies signed a tripartite deal with Vice President Leni Robredo, who heads the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), to clear the housing backlog in the area.
Continue reading Agencies sign deal to speed up housing for Yolanda victims 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 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 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