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Marikina City: Lessons on disaster preparedness

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

In Marikina, resiliency is defined as a partnership between the city government and the community. Check out how this is done in Markina City.

PREPARED. Marikina City shares its best practices on disaster preparedness.

Mental health also important in DRRM, psychiatrist says

Jul 05, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Psychiatrist Dr June Caridad Pagaduan-Lopez believes mental health education will help communities in disaster resilience

MENTAL HEALTH. Dr. June Caridad Pagaduan-Lopez talks about Balik Kalipay’s efforts in improving the mental health of several Yolanda victims. Photo by Angelica Yang/Rappler

2,000 evacuate as Vinta hits town of Zamboanga Sibugay

Dec 23, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Majority of the 2,000 evacuees are housed in the Kabasalan Gymnasium in Barangay Poblacion, Zamboanga Sibugay

Disaster responders test skills for 'The Big One'

Dec 09, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Responders evaluate if their training, skills, and equipment are up to par in case the West Valley Fault Line moves, generating a magnitude 7.2 earthquake

COLLAPSED STRUCTURE. In this scenario, responders deploy to rescue trapped individuals inside the Logistics Command building at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Photo by Lou Gepuela/Rappler

Muntinlupa #MMShakeDrill tests community and private sector response

Jul 15, 2017 - 6:17 PM

We should always assume that the disaster [management] office or the local [government] will not be able to respond immediately [after an earthquake] a disaster management officer says

FIRE MANIPULATION. Bureau of Fire Protection backed up the Puregold Disaster Response Team in putting off the fire from the fuel pipeline. Photo by Alexa Yadao/Rappler

Does the Philippines have enough funds to deal with disasters?

Jul 12, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Typhoon season is underway in the Philippines and some officials warn the funds for handling calamities may not be enough

What to expect at the Agos Summit on Disaster Preparedness

Jul 06, 2017 - 4:10 AM

Know more about the speakers at the Agos Summit on Disaster Preparedness on July 7 8 at SM Aura s Samsung Hall Register for limited free tickets today

Disaster risk reduction community to gather for Agos Summit

Jun 16, 2017 - 9:01 AM

MovePH will host the two day Agos Summit on Disaster Preparedness from July 7 to 8 at the Samsung Hall SM Aura Taguig City Pre registration is now open

NDRRMC to honor outstanding efforts in disaster management

May 30, 2017 - 9:45 PM

A total of 58 awards will be given to individuals and groups from various sectors in the 18th Gawad Kalasag National Awarding Ceremony

INSIDE C3. Pasig City responders monitor CCTV cameras in different barangays for emergency and disaster incidents.

WATCH: Meet 'Juan Handa', DepEd’s official disaster preparedness mascot

May 20, 2017 - 6:00 AM

Equipped from head to toe Juan Handa is prepared for disasters

DepEd, Ateneo, MovePH agree to use Agos for disaster preparedness

May 18, 2017 - 7:09 AM

The partnership enables the education agency to harness social media and technology in managing disaster information using Agos powered by eBayanihan

PARTNERSHIP FOR DRR. MovePH Executive Director Rupert Ambil and Usec Annalyn Sevilla conduct a ceremonial signing of an MOA between DepEd, Rappler, and Ateneo on disaster preparedness. Photo by Jaen Manegdeg/Rappler

Batanes: Facing the new normal of climate change

Mar 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM

For remote communities in Batanes weathering typhoons is nothing new but climate change threatens to uproot their homes and destroy their livelihoods Watch this 360 video on how communities in Itbayat are facing their new normal

CHANGE IS COMING. Nanang Tinang, a community elder in Itbayat, Batanes, converses with a fellow Ivatan. Photo by Airah Cadiogan/Oxfam

How does Project NOAH contribute to PH's disaster management?

Jan 30, 2017 - 8:29 PM

The country s flagship disaster prevention and mitigation program aids Filipinos during times of calamity Here s what you need to know

COA: DND, 183 LGUs didn't follow rules for disaster funds in 2015

Jan 22, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The Commission on Audit releases its first ever report on how funds for disaster risk reduction and management were used by national and local officials

Butuan disaster official: Information key to risk reduction

Jul 17, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Butuan City Disaster Response and Early Warning Officer Bong Catedral says that it is important to make sure that information is always present when dealing with disasters

New NDRRMC chief: Disaster preparedness everybody's responsibility

Jul 01, 2016 - 8:19 PM

NDRRMC executive director Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad s first day in office coincides with first day of the National Disaster Consciousness Month

Pama's advice to next NDRRMC chief? 'Coordination, teamwork'

Jun 29, 2016 - 6:46 PM

Alexander Pama the outgoing executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says saving a lot of lives is his proudest legacy

DRRM IN PH. Alexander Pama talks to Rappler about his achievements and the challenges he faced as the country's disaster management chief. Screenshot from Rappler

Calabarzon LGUs trained on social media for disaster communication

Jun 29, 2016 - 11:46 AM

Officials from the provinces of Cavite Laguna Batangas Rizal and Quezon are taught how to integrate social media in their disaster risk reduction and management initiatives through the Agos eBayanihan platform

PREPAREDNESS. Rappler Content and Strategy Head Gemma Mendoza (R) shows information officers how to use social media for disaster response. Photo by Pam Perigrino/ Rappler

Motorcycle riders play key role in #Pagyanig

Jun 23, 2016 - 4:21 PM

During the nationwide earthquake drill the Unified Rizal Riders Club transport Department of Health officials to Camp Aguinaldo to provide situational reports amid unpassable roads

Quezon City gears up for major earthquake drill

Jun 20, 2016 - 9:57 PM

Do you and your family know how to prepare for an earthquake? Join authorities in Quezon City as they get ready for the Big One

The Quezon Memorial Monument. Michael Bueza/Rappler

How a hazard-prone Marikina school is preparing for disasters

Jun 19, 2016 - 11:38 AM

In Valeriano Fugoso Memorial Elementary School earthquake drills are done every month with most drills performed unannounced

Photo by Pocholo Espina

1,715 towns and cities reminded of available People's Survival Fund

Jun 08, 2016 - 9:23 PM

The Climate Change Commission needs to disburse about P2 billion 43 4 million of this special fund

LESS THAN A HUNDRED. Climate Change Commission Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman (center) gestures as he explains that less than a handful of LGUs all over the country have accessed the People's Survival Fund (PSF), a P1-billion-peso annual budget for climate change mitigation projects. With de Guzman is father Robert Yap (left), President of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Ruel Cabile Coordinator of Aksyon Klima (2nd to the right) and Alexis Lapuz, CCC commissioner. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler.com

#DRRMforKids: 'Kapitan Alerto' leads the way

Jun 08, 2016 - 5:02 PM

Cordillera s preparedness hero tours schools as classes begin

Photo by Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera

Rappler and Oxfam launch climate change platform for voters

Apr 27, 2016 - 3:23 PM

Oxfam has teamed up with Rappler to bring Filipinos information about the most crucial Climate Change issues and where each Presidential candidate stands

Image courtesy Genevive Estacaan/Oxfam

Pro- or anti-environment: What can we expect from presidential bets

Apr 20, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The environmental network Green Vote 2016 tries to grade the candidates Rappler does its own research to give a full picture of their stand on 6 environmental issues

PASSED OR FAILED? Environmental groups show the report card of each presidential candidate based on their assessment of their stands on various environmental issues. Photo by Carlo Manalansan/Kalikasan PNE

FAQ: What's #BaguioCityShakeDrill and how can you participate?

Mar 29, 2016 - 4:53 PM

On March 31 the Office of Civil Defense Cordillera Autonomous Region will conduct the first ever city wide earthquake drill in Baguio

Image courtesy Ernest Fiestan / Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Typhoons in the Philippines and the 2016 polls

Mar 19, 2016 - 11:00 AM

As the May elections draw near it s important for voters to understand how vulnerable they are and how critical leaders who are knowledgeable about disaster management are

Water level of Cagayan River continues to rise on Monday, October 19, causing more villages to submerge in floodwaters. Photo by Jay-ar DS Paringit

Should disaster training be mandatory for mayors, candidates?

Feb 03, 2016 - 10:09 AM

As decision makers it is important that mayors are knowledgeable about disaster management and the vulnerabilities in their communities

Romualdez: Invest in tech to solve traffic, disaster woes

Jan 23, 2016 - 3:52 PM

Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez however does not mention specific programs he plans to push should he be elected senator

TECH TO THE RESCUE? Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez talks about his platform as senatorial candidate during Rappler's #TheLeaderIWantForum on January 20. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Palace: Slow rehab due to Yolanda’s powerful strength

Nov 08, 2015 - 5:49 PM

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda says the government continues to do its job to help Yolanda communities recover

'REMEMBER YOLANDA.' Filipino students hold a candle-light vigil on November 7, 2015, in Manila, Philippines, for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

It's time to reform our disaster law

Nov 07, 2015 - 11:26 PM

We need a single organization with whom the proverbial buck stops More importantly this organization should have access to sufficient funds manpower and resources to allow it to fulfill its mandate

Talk about disasters to better achieve dev’t – UN

Oct 28, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Asia Pacific is the world’s most disaster prone region of the world To achieve sustainable development the UN advises countries to discuss disaster risks

#RoadAlert: Closed roads due to Typhoon Lando

Oct 17, 2015 - 9:12 PM

As of 6:30 pm on Saturday October 17 five road sections are closed to traffic due to flooding landslides and fallen trees

NDRRMC 'strongly' urges forced evacuation in 4 provinces

Oct 17, 2015 - 7:32 PM

3rd UPDATE These provinces are Isabela Cagayan Quirino and Aurora

As Typhoon Lando intensifies, NDRRMC recommends local government units in 4 provinces to already conduct forced evacuation. File photo by Joel Liporada

Palace: Listen to gov’t warning on Typhoon Lando

Oct 17, 2015 - 5:05 PM

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte lauds the disaster preparedness mechanisms different government agencies have so far been activating for the typhoon

RAIN AND FLOOD. Typhoon Lando is expected to cause days-long rainfall and flooding. Photo by EPA

Geographic data a ‘lifeline tool’ in disaster prevention

Sep 26, 2015 - 3:18 PM

Geoscience Australia s Matthew Jakab says local governments can use data to decide whether to issue permits for land use and developments in specific areas

 INFORMED POLICY. Geoscience Australia's Matthew Jakab says policy decisions that are based on scientific data can help save lives, protect investments, and improve livelihoods. Rappler photo

Antique town trains barangay emergency responders

Sep 04, 2015 - 2:40 PM

The activity aims to refresh the knowledge and skills of barangay based emergency responders on performing emergency response and rescue operations including the use of personal protective equipment and emergency tools

Barangay officials conduct water search and rescue operations as part of the annual Rescue Olympics. All photos by the San Jose MDRRMO

Ateneo, Rappler collaborate to address disaster information management

Aug 17, 2015 - 2:10 PM

This unprecedented collaboration combines Ateneo’s e Bayanihan and Rappler’s Project Agos bringing together government academe NGOs and media in a single sustainable platform

MOA SIGNING. Rappler's Maria Ressa and Ateneo's Fr. Jett Villarin sign MOA merging Project Agos and eBayanihan

Hard truths about disasters and women with disabilities

Jul 15, 2015 - 12:20 PM

Women with disabilities prove that discrimination exists in multiple layers cutting across class reproductive health and disaster response

World Population Day: Women, RH, and disasters

Jul 11, 2015 - 9:37 AM

Natural disasters have a strong impact on women and girls On top of this they suffer from another kind of disaster one that deprives them of their reproductive rights

On typhoons and disasters: Have we learned our lessons?

Jul 08, 2015 - 6:15 PM

Are we ready to face the onslaught of the next 20 typhoons that will come our way this year?

Rappler file photo of Tacloban City in the aftermath Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

DSWD and WFP collaborate on disaster preparedness

Jun 30, 2015 - 5:01 PM

Before the typhoon season rolls in the DSWD and the World Food Programme reassess disaster response mechanisms both agencies undertook in the past years

PEOPLE POWER. The people are the greatest assets in improving disaster risk reduction and management programs. Graphics by Nico Villarete

How to make disaster response sensitive to persons with disabilities

Jun 20, 2015 - 1:02 AM

Making disaster risk reduction and management programs more responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities requires a change in mindset

LGU contingency plans should be tested, regularly updated - DILG

Jun 16, 2015 - 10:55 AM

Of the 17 LGUs in the NCR only Pasig and Marikina have approved contingency plans for earthquakes and flooding

LESS THAN HALF. Out of the 17 LGUs in NCR, only 8 cities have Disaster Contingency Plans according to DILG.

Mayor denies 'eviction' of 3,000 Yolanda families

Jun 11, 2015 - 2:21 PM

Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualez says this would be untimely as there are not enough shelters for evicted families

DANGER ZONE. A cargo ship remains stranded as of December 5, 2014, in Anibong village in Tacloban City, which was severely damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines in November 2013. File photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

'eBayanihan', Ateneo’s online DRRM platform, launched

Jun 11, 2015 - 12:43 PM

Geared towards disaster resilience Ateneo launches eBayanihan a web mobile disaster management platform

WEB-MOBILE PLATFORM. e-Bayanihan features a multi-dimensional and multi-platform system that caters to crowdsourcing disaster-related information.

Ateneo retrofits buildings, some classes pushed to August 3

Jun 09, 2015 - 7:28 PM

Retrofitting will involve strengthening of beams and columns following a structural audit done in 2014

SAFETY MEASURES. ADMU President Fr Jett Villarin issues a statement that 3 building from the Ateneo Grade School will be retrofitted in preparation for the "Big One."

Bicol LGUs to use social media in disaster response

Jun 08, 2015 - 8:57 PM

Project Agos conducts workshops to train local government representatives and volunteers to have a ZeroCasualty mindset in times of disasters

#ZEROCASUALTY. A participant uses the Project Agos Alert Map during the workshop.

LGUs frustrated over delayed use of People’s Survival Fund

May 30, 2015 - 1:22 PM

As climate change and disasters have a huge negative impact on agriculture how do our local chief executives respond to this reality?

AGREEMENT SIGNING. LGUs, Rice Watch Network and PAGASA signed a memorandum of agreement to build weather stations and to build climate resiliency field school in their towns. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

RA 10121: The PH's disaster management law is up for review

May 30, 2015 - 8:30 AM

What will lawmakers be looking into as they review the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE. RA 10121 emphasizes the power of LGUs in disaster resilience.