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From clubfoot to miracle feet: NGO network offers free rehabilitation

Sep 07, 2019 - 8:17 AM

Clubfoot, a birth defect which causes one or both feet to turn inwards or outwards, is not that rare. It reportedly affects one in every 800 children worldwide.

WORKING FOR MIRACLES. Dr. Pierre Leung of of Benguet General Hospital holds baby Rihanna Basiwag, one of the beneficiaries of the Miracle Feet Project, which provides free rehabilitation for children with clubfoot. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

EU to Philippines: No funds given to NGOs with communist links

Aug 27, 2019 - 5:43 PM

'From the outset, it should be very clear to everybody that we would never do that,' says Ambassador Franz Jessen, head of the European Union Delegation to the Philippines

PHILIPPINES-EU RELATIONS. President Rodrigo Duterte greets European Union Delegation to the Philippines Ambassador Franz Jessen on the sidelines of the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) on February 19, 2019. Photo by Abert Alcain/Presidential Photo

[OPINION] So you want to be a humanitarian worker: A message from the frontlines

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Have you ever considered working for an NGO? Here's what it's like when you dedicate your life to a humanitarian cause.

Vietnamese account matches Filipino fishermen's story

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:43 PM

They were tired, hungry, and cold

RESCUED FILIPINOS. Fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver reunite with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Palawan group accuses reelected Governor Alvarez of vote buying

May 19, 2019 - 8:40 PM

'Bakit naman iuugnay sa akin? Nakita ba akong nang-aabot ng pera? Wala eh,' says Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez, in response to vote-buying allegations

LIST: NGOs helping rebuild Marawi City

May 23, 2018 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) Do you want to be a part of Marawi's recovery? You can get involved through these groups.

I LOVE MARAWI. Ground troops pushed the local armed groups towards the Lake Lanao where the navy and the coast guard watched to make sure nobody gets out. Sourced photo

NGO-led crowdfunding app seeks to aid in disaster response

May 16, 2018 - 1:42 PM

SAFER, the country's first locally-led crowdfunding app, provides quick relief and response to disasters and emergencies

Hawaii NGO accuses Quiboloy foundation of fraud

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:45 AM

In an email to Rappler, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy's lawyer responds by saying 'jealousy' can often lead groups to make 'disparaging comments about others'

FRAUD ACCUSATION. The Hawaii-based Institute for Human Services (IHS) provides a sample picture of the badge used by volunteers of Children's Joy Foundation allegedly claiming they're raising funds for IHS. Photo courtesy of IHS

Crackdown on media, NGOs linked to low global corruption index scores

Feb 22, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Transparency International says, 'Given current crackdowns on both civil society and the media worldwide, we need to do more to protect those who speak up'

Human rights activists on UN visit to Indonesia: 'Hopeful but not optimistic'

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:17 PM

As Indonesia awaits the arrival of the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner, advocacy groups understand the visit's impact but are realistic in their expectations

Confiscation crusaders try to save Philippine paradise

Dec 06, 2017 - 2:12 PM

With weak or corrupt authorities often unwilling to take on the fight, the Palawan NGO Network Inc, or PNNI, seeks to fill the void

FOREST GUARDIANS. This photo taken on September 26, 2017 shows environmental para-enforcers from the Palawan NGO Network Inc (PNNI), resting at an illegal logging site on Palawan island in the Philippines. Karl Malakunas/AFP

LGU, NGOs step up relief efforts for displaced families in Zamboanga

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:24 PM

At least 3,666 families with 18,330 dependents in 17 coastal barangays are displaced due to the massive floods and storm surge in Zamboanga City

How Revilla's team is defending him in his plunder trial

Oct 08, 2017 - 1:31 PM

His lawyers successfully limit the testimonies of bank officials in the plunder trial, but will the AMLC report be enough to pin down former senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr?

DEMURRER. Bong Revilla is set to file a motion for leave to file demurrer which seeks the outright dismissal of his plunder charges.

The art and science of ‘hugot’

Oct 01, 2017 - 11:00 AM

For a program to work, and for change to really stick, it never hurts for people working in development to pause and look up from the program framework, do a deep dive in the communities they are working in, and dig deep to unearth the insights that drive behavior

Revilla wants to stop presentation of witnesses for alleged ghost projects

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:30 PM

They said we are helping them but now they want to stop us Let us present our evidence says lead prosecutor Joefferson Toribio

LAWYERING FOR REVILLA. Former solicitor general Estelito Mendoza's latest pleading for the plunder case of his client Bong Revilla is a motion to terminate presentation of evidence related to ghost projects. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ex-Isabela congressman Miranda charged over PDAF scam

Apr 04, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Former Isabela 4th District representative Anthony Miranda is said to own the NGO used for anomalous transactions

Davao del Sur gov Cagas charged over PDAF scam

Mar 30, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas is accused of pocketing P9.3 million in public funds through the pork barrel scam when he was a congressman

CHARGED. Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas is accused of public fund misuse. Photo from the Facebook page of Governor Douglas Cagas

Joel Reyes wants graft charges dismissed

Jan 06, 2017 - 9:23 PM

The former governor who is in jail for a separate murder case claims he has no accountability in the misuse of fertilizer funds

NO PROBABLE CAUSE. Former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, shown here when booked for murder charges, is appealing to reverse graft charges against him. Photo from PNP Public Information Office.

Breakwater made of 'dead corals' mine – Palawan governor

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:08 AM

The governor however says the breakwater in San Vicente town is made of carefully piled limestone and not dead corals

Image courtesy PNNI

Palawan mining firm operating despite suspension order, says NGO

Dec 01, 2016 - 2:41 PM

However the firm Citinickel Mining and Development says they are doing rehabilitation activities not mining operations

Groups want TRO on implants lifted, ask to be intervenors in SC case

Nov 15, 2016 - 12:36 PM

Reproductive health advocates claim that keeping the temporary restraining order in place would deprive millions of Filipino women access to contraceptives

#NotOnMyWatch trends in Cebu City

Oct 15, 2016 - 3:10 PM

Cebuanos pledge to fight corruption – whether big or small Join the campaign and share your personal pledge using NotOnMyWatch

MovePH, Project PEARLS partner for storytelling, content

Sep 13, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Project PEARLS is a non profit organization that provides scholarships and health care to underprivileged children

FOR EDUCATION. (L-R) MovePH Community Manager David Lozada, Project PEARLS writer Karen Bublanes, Project PEARLS Administrator Monica Aclan, and MovePH Executive Director Rupert Ambil ink their partnership on Tuesday, September 13 at the Rappler HQ. Photo by Jeff Digma/ Rappler

Water sanitation 'crucial' for new resettlement areas

Sep 11, 2016 - 1:45 PM

An aid group working on post Yolanda rehabilitation project says clean water sanitation is usually overlooked in disaster hit areas

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

‘For the next generation’: Iloilo fishermen take lead in coastal management

Sep 04, 2016 - 9:04 AM

From creating artificial reefs to planting mangroves fisherfolk in Iloilo s northern towns lead efforts in coastal management to make the sea sustainable for their children

REPLENISHING RESOURCES. Jackstone-type artificial reefs lie on the shores of Barangay Bancal in Carles town. These serve as breeding grounds once immersed under water. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

Students in Iloilo island-village brave sea to get to school

Aug 29, 2016 - 11:17 AM

More than 70 of Tinigban Elementary School s 24 students ride the waves everyday to reach their dreams of finishing school

NO EXCUSES. Students from Sitio Tubig Manok brave the sea everyday to get to their school, Tinigban Elementary School. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

Yolanda survivors in northern Iloilo finally have homes

Aug 27, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Almost 3 years after Super Typhoon Yolanda hit Iloilo survivors of northern Iloilo can now leave their makeshift houses and move to safer homes

Why do millennials join NGOs?

Aug 23, 2016 - 3:45 PM

While young humanitarian workers have different reasons for joining NGOs they are all united by their common goal: change

‘Guardians of the sea’: The fisherfolk of northern Iloilo

Aug 21, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Fishing villages in Carles town in northern Iloilo are able to eliminate daytime illegal fishing and decrease nighttime illegal activities Here s how

ILLEGAL. Fishermen in Barangay Poblacion, Carles town haul illegal fishing nets they caught on patrol. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

2 party officials dead in rare Vietnam shooting

Aug 18, 2016 - 6:06 PM

The two officials are shot multiple times and are pronounced dead after they reached the hospital The official Vietnam News Agency adds the shooter committed suicide with his own gun

Iloilo advocacy groups commit to use X

Aug 15, 2016 - 3:16 PM

Iloilo will be the first city outside of Luzon that will take advantage of X During the event MovePH partners with the the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines – Iloilo chapter for the HIV AIDS advocacy in the region

X MARKS THE SPOT. Advocacy groups in Iloilo commit to use X for the advocacies. Photo by Carlo Evidente/Humans of Iloilo

Cebu-based startup empowers NGOs around the world

Aug 08, 2016 - 7:52 PM

Engagespark reshapes the tech behind automated calls to power campaigns that do everything from teaching financial literacy to saving women from rape

CODE-NGO to Diokno: Reconsider plan to drop BUB

Jul 16, 2016 - 2:42 PM

The Caucus of Development NGO Networks urges budget secretary Benjamin Diokno to review of the bottom up budgeting program before pushing through with their plan

Livelihood scheme teaches Yolanda survivors better financial management

Jul 10, 2016 - 1:04 PM

Community Managed Savings and Credit Association or COMSCA is a community managed initiative where groups in the community mobilize and manage their own savings and provide loans to members

NORMALCY. Typhoon Yolanda survivors in Estancia, Iloilo attend a program on financial management. Photo by Ted Aldwin Ong/ Rappler

SMD 2016: #TayoPH calls for positive conversation in Iloilo

Jun 29, 2016 - 10:59 AM

On June 30 Ilonggos will share experiences of how social media has become an instrument for social change at Dojo 8 Coworking Space

Iloilo Movers conduct citizen journalism training for Yolanda survivors

Jun 19, 2016 - 7:56 AM

Through the training community facilitators from Iloilo s Yolanda hit areas get a better understanding on the work of media and learn that they too can be channels of information as citizen journalists

Save our Schools to Duterte: Make education accessible to Lumad

Jun 07, 2016 - 9:03 PM

About 1 000 Lumad students in Mindanao will begin classes in evacuation centers because of alleged militarization in indigenous communities

EDUCATION. Will the next president improve the state of Philippine education? File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ban disappointed by UN rejection of press freedom watchdog

May 28, 2016 - 1:00 PM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon believes they do valuable work and is deeply disappointed by the decision which would block the Committee to Protect Journalists access to UN bodies

PRESS FREEDOM. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply disappointed by a UN decision to deny the Committee to Protect Journalists special status at the world body. File photo by EPA

Sanitary pads and sanitation can keep girls in school

May 20, 2016 - 1:07 PM

For many women and girls in developing countries menstruation increases their risk of infection and makes them vulnerable to bullying and teasing

Millions in US aid to Syrians suspended over graft probe

May 11, 2016 - 2:41 AM

USAID discovers a network of commercial vendors NGO employees and others allegedly engaged in bribery and kickback schemes

epa05145883 Syrian refugees gather in a building as they wait for food near a refugee camp in Bab Al-Salama city, northern Syria, 06 February 2016. A new wave of Syrian refugees leaving the country is expected to reach Turkey, according to local news. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said some 40,000 people were on the move in Aleppo province, after the Syrian army entered two pro-government Shiite towns outside of Aleppo and advanced against rebel forces in the northern province a day earlier, threatening to entirely encircle the opposition-held parts of the key city. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

[Dash of SAS] Bring back our girls

Apr 30, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Some of the girls manage to escape some of the men and boys too Some are rescued Many find that they are no longer welcome in their villages

BRING THEM BACK. In this file photo, Kenyan activists hold up placards in front of the Nigerian High Commission, during a demonstration to protest against kidnapping of Nigerian school girls by Nigeria's Islamist militant group Boko Haram, in Nairobi, Kenya, 15 May 2014. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

'Make fisheries an election issue' – fisherfolk leaders

Mar 15, 2016 - 8:41 PM

As the Philippines prepares to elect new leaders in May fishermen hope their concerns will not be ignored

ELECTION ISSUE. PANGISDA President Pablo Rosales said that support for fisheries should be an election issue. Photo by Stephanie Ilacad/Rappler

Israeli parliament takes first step to pass controversial NGO law

Feb 09, 2016 - 1:39 PM

UPDATED The proposal would compel NGOs that receive most of their funding from foreign governments to declare it in official reports

A general view during a voting session at the Israeli parliament Knesset in Jerusalem, Israel, February 8, 2016. Abir Sultan/EPA

LUX: Neon Run – Run for a family

Jan 23, 2016 - 11:14 AM

Participants of LUX: Neon Run will help raise awareness and funds for universal health coverage for the poor and vulnerable

Social Dev't Celebration: CSOs to converge for inclusive growth

Nov 10, 2015 - 3:47 PM

Civil society continues to have an active role in the Philippines Many civil society organizations are involved in grassroots work policy and advocacy work and reform agendas

Stories of game-changing approaches in local governance

Oct 21, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Citizens Journey: Stories of Engagements for Reforms is a book containing 11 stories from the engagements of civil society organizations

The disaster risk reduction genius of the indigenous

Oct 12, 2015 - 4:48 PM

The indigenous ways of mitigating disaster risks are still very much alive and they teach us that our instincts are not to be ignored But this does not mean that science is less important

Listening matters: On not treating the poor as mere 'beneficiaries'

Oct 09, 2015 - 2:30 PM

Empowerment requires not only a healthy body and an educated mind but also a high dose of self confidence which is hampered when we consider individuals as mere beneficiaries

Women’s group protects turtles by turning trash into eco-purses

Oct 03, 2015 - 2:31 PM

The recycling project of a women’s group is not only providing livelihood it is also helping Tawi tawi s green sea turtles thrive

‘Understand needs of communities to reduce disaster risks’ – climate change expert

Oct 03, 2015 - 1:52 PM

“DRR is a question of nation building Resilience needs to be looked at different perspectives ” climate change expert Antonia Loyzaga said

CLIMATE CHANGE EXPERT. Manila Observatory executive director Antonia Loyzaga talk about understanding risks and vulnerabilities in disasters to NGOs and CSOs in a forum. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler