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Ombudsman fines ex-Daanbantayan mayor over Yolanda aid distribution

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Former Daanbantayan, Cebu mayor Augusto Corro initially disqualified residents of a 'no-build zone' from receiving financial aid, but it is later found that their area is not considered a danger zone

YOLANDA FUNDS. The Office of the Ombudsman finds a former mayor of Cebu guilty of simple neglect of duty for unclear guidelines in the qualifications for a financial assistance. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel members eye cases vs Yolanda rehab contractor

Sep 26, 2017 - 2:20 PM

The House panel will invite former officials of the National Housing Authority to explain what happened in the province of Eastern Samar

SLOW, SUBPAR WORK. The House Committee on Housing visits the NHA housing complex for Yolanda Victims in Eastern Samar. Photos courtesy of the House committee on housing and urban development

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Sep 08, 2017 - 7:57 PM

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Lawmakers told: Substandard materials used in post-Yolanda housing

Sep 06, 2017 - 12:45 PM

A House committee looks into the progress – or lack thereof – of housing projects for Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan survivors

SLOW PACE. Legislators visit a post-Yolanda housing site in Hernani, Eastern Samar. Photo courtesy of the House committee on housing and urban development

Duterte creates task force to speed up Yolanda rehab

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The task force headed by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr is designed to improve coordination between government agencies implementing Yolanda projects

Bring disaster preparedness down to communities – DILG exec

Jul 09, 2017 - 8:35 AM

DILG undersecretary Austere Panadero says it is crucial to bring preparation down to the community and family levels

Day 2 of the AGOS Summit on Disater Preparedness at the SM Aura Samsung Hall in Taguig on July 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Leyte and natural disasters

Jul 07, 2017 - 6:42 PM

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

Yolanda Museum to rise in Tacloban 4 years after deadly typhoon

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:23 PM

Part of the Tacloban Astrodome which provided refuge to residents during the onslaught of Haiyan in 2013 will be turned into a museum in Leyte s capital

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

College students affected by Yolanda to get P5,000-educational aid

Jun 20, 2017 - 4:58 PM

More than 100 000 students stand to benefit from the program funded by the 2016 budget of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund

WATCH: Duterte commissions Red Cross humanitarian ship

May 10, 2017 - 6:38 AM

M V Amazing Grace can complement government forces in providing immediate relief assistance during emergency and crisis situations says President Rodrigo Duterte

M/V AMAZING GRACE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Senator Richard Gordon for a tour on the M/V Amazing Grace during its launching at the Philippine Navy Headquarters in Manila on May 9, 2017. Malacañang photo

Balikatan brings school buildings, hope to remote Leyte villages

May 09, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Barangays Margen and Don Carlos Revilla in Ormoc City are the latest recipients of new classrooms built under this year s PH US military exercises

NEW CLASSROOMS. US soldiers build classrooms in a remote village in Ormoc City, Leyte, as part of the 2017 Balikatan Humanitarian Program. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

LOOK: PH, US soldiers build classrooms in Guiuan

May 02, 2017 - 1:28 PM

The school building which doubles as an evacuation center is among the community infrastructure projects being undertaken by Philippine and US soldiers in line with the 33rd Balikatan

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

Cave developed as evacuation site in Samar

Apr 20, 2017 - 2:27 PM

Local officials with the help of non governmental organizations turn Marabut town s biggest cave into an emergency shelter in times of disaster

EVACUATION SITE. Sabang Cave can accommodate more than one thousand people. All photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 9, 2017

Feb 09, 2017 - 9:17 AM

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Duterte: 200,000 Yolanda victims to get free housing

Feb 08, 2017 - 7:59 PM

The decision to award free housing to 205 000 beneficiaries is reached in a National Housing Authority board meeting chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte

HOUSING PROGRAMS. President Rodrigo Duterte is assisted by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evaso, Jr. and Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez in awarding housing grants and various livelihood assistance programs to the Typhoon Yolanda-stricken communities in Tacloban City on January 25, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

P2.8M in Yolanda aid wasted due to red tape, logistical issues

Feb 02, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo says her department is working on a faster and more efficient system to process disaster relief donations

SUPER TYPHOON YOLANDA. Rappler file photo

Duterte jokes: ‘Fragrant’ Filipinas, ‘ugly’ Yolanda victims

Jan 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Duterte cracks a joke about Typhoon Yolanda in front of survivors Lord sana ‘yung mga pangit lang ang namatay na Ang magaganda huwag sana

PRESIDENTIAL HUMOR. President Duterte cracks plenty of jokes during his speech at the inauguration of the New Hope Village Housing Project in Tacloban City on January 25, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

How Tagbanua communities in Coron recovered from Yolanda

Jan 20, 2017 - 9:01 PM

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

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

Gov't eyes 'stronger' disaster management agency to replace NDRRMC

Jan 12, 2017 - 9:56 PM

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

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

Bambuhay: How bamboo weaving helped jumpstart a community's recovery from Yolanda

Dec 25, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Super Typhoon Yolanda destroyed the bamboo used by traditional weavers in Busuanga Caritas Philippines launches a livelihood program to revive the local bamboo weaving industry

Duterte taps Wendel Avisado for Yolanda rehabilitation

Dec 17, 2016 - 10:13 PM

Avisado was former Davao City administrator from 2004 to 2010 when Rodrigo Duterte was also mayor

827 Yolanda families relocated to new homes – Palace

Dec 06, 2016 - 7:50 PM

More families are expected to move into their new houses before Christmas according to the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas

NEW HOMES. Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino visits homes of newly-relocated Yolanda-affected families. Photo by Kevin Maglinte/OPAV

WATCH: Coron remembers Yolanda as it recovers

Nov 29, 2016 - 10:26 AM

The resort town of Coron in Palawan has gotten back on its feet 3 years after Super Typhoon Yolanda

Yolanda survivors hit planned demolition of homes in coastal areas

Nov 17, 2016 - 5:35 PM

They say proposed relocation sites in northern barangays are too far from the city center and have inadequate facilities

3 unresolved issues, 3 years after Yolanda

Nov 13, 2016 - 8:32 AM

I am not satisfied President Rodrigo Duterte says referring to the slow pace of rehabilitation in Yolanda affected areas

REMEMBER YOLANDA. Filipinos light candles on the eve of the third anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda on November 8, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte orders fast-tracking of Yolanda shelter aid

Nov 09, 2016 - 12:48 AM

The President says he wants the housing aid for Yolanda victims completed by December

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is joined by Vice-President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary Maria Leonor Robredo, Leyte Governor Leopoldo Petilla, and Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Romualdez as he leads the candle-lighting ceremony during the 3rd year commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City on November 8. Photo by Karl Alonzo/Presidential Photo

At Yolanda anniversary, Duterte teases Robredo about short skirt

Nov 09, 2016 - 12:38 AM

Where she goes I follow She s a widow I m annulled President Duterte says of the Vice President his housing czar to the delight of typhoon survivors in Tacloban

YOLANDA ANNIVERSARY. President Rodrigo Duterte is joined by Vice President Leni Robredo and Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Romualdez during the 3rd year commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City on November 8. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

WATCH: Advocates urge PH Senate to ratify Paris climate deal after Duterte nod

Nov 07, 2016 - 11:31 PM

Nearly 100 countries ratify or accept the landmark agreement that seeks to curb global warming but the Philippines is not among them

DSWD: 62% of core shelters yet to be built 3 years after Yolanda

Nov 07, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Aleli Bawagan says it is shameful that the government has not yet provided these houses promised to typhoon survivors

Robredo eyes completion of Yolanda housing by 2018

Nov 07, 2016 - 5:35 PM

The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council reports that only around 4 000 families have occupied permanent housing as of September this year

IN NUMBERS: 3 years after Super Typhoon Yolanda

Nov 07, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Three years into recovery and rehabilitation efforts in affected areas what has happened since?

RECOVERY. A wooden motorized boat sails past rebuilt houses that cover the coastline which were destroyed at the height of typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Leyte on November 2, 2015. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

#RescueMarch in Eastern Visayas commemorates Yolanda

Nov 07, 2016 - 11:54 AM

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

?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

What Typhoon Yolanda foreign aid looks like without US, EU, and UN

Oct 09, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Donations from the United Nations European Union and the United States in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda reached 231 587 655 P11 19 billion or 26 77 of the total foreign aid received by the Philippines

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

Lessons on cash transfers to disaster victims

Aug 25, 2016 - 11:10 AM

An evaluation of Unicef s Unconditional Cash Transfer Program for Yolanda Victims

Tacloban artist paints Duterte's portrait using coconut wine

Aug 08, 2016 - 3:33 PM

Aside from using tuba as a medium Yolanda survivor and artist Dante Enage uses his art to raise awareness on relevant issues in society

DSWD to prioritize review of Yolanda rehabilitation projects

Aug 01, 2016 - 8:00 PM

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

REVIEW. Social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo said they have been reviewing their and services since July 1 with post-Yolanda rebuilding programs on top of their list.

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Jul 29, 2016 - 12:53 PM

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Yolanda survivors gather in support for Duterte's SONA 2016

Jul 26, 2016 - 12:43 PM

Yolanda survivors from different towns of Leyte show their support for President Rodrigo Duterte during his first State of the Nation Address

Only 1 in 10 LGUs has plan on how to respond to natural disasters

Jul 06, 2016 - 6:02 PM

Climate Change Commission Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman urges local officials to create their own action plan by the end of 2017

VULNERABLE. Rice and corn farmers may go deeper into poverty because of climate change. Photo by Vincent Go/Greenpeace

The emotional journey of Benigno Aquino III

Jun 25, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Throughout his interview with Rappler President Benigno Aquino III is relaxed confident and in good spirits – the picture of a retiring public servant satisfied with a job well done

LEGACY. 'There is no place in the country that I am afraid to go to because we neglected them,' says President Benigno Aquino Photo by Robert Vinas/Malacanang Photo Bureau

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

10 of Aquino's biggest hits and misses, as seen through social media

Jun 18, 2016 - 1:00 PM

How did President Aquino s term fare under the social media spotlight?

Aquino turns defensive over criticism he lacks empathy

May 26, 2016 - 9:56 PM

Aquino cites his response to Super Typhoon Yolanda and the Zamboanga siege says solving the problem quickly would better ease the suffering of the victims

DEPARTURE PRESSCON. President Aquino answers questions from the media in Zamboanga City, 22 September 2013. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Yolanda: OCD finally uses up 'idle' funds for victims after 2 years – COA

May 24, 2016 - 8:00 AM

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

AID NEEDED. State auditors said the OCD should have immediately used up its quick response funds to aid Yolanda victims.

Cebu Yolanda survivors to Duterte: Don't forget about us

May 14, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Cebu seek help from president elect Rodrigo Duterte hoping that he would speed up rehabilitation of typhoon hit towns

'Undecided voter': Cebuano millennial on improving disaster response

May 07, 2016 - 7:08 PM

Rowinmar Espinosa a resident of Bantayan Island in Cebu looks back at her experience during Super Typhoon Yolanda in voting for the next president

DISASTER RESPONSE. In this file photo, Filipino children peer from a glass window inside a school turned into a temporary evacuation center in Daan Bantayan, Northern Cebu province, central Philippines, 07 December 2014. Photo from Jay Rommel/EPA

Marcos hits Roxas: 'Bayani lang sa komiks'

Apr 26, 2016 - 3:34 PM

Vice presidential bet Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr takes potshots at Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and the Aquino administration during his campaign rally in Tacloban Leyte

WARAYNONS. The Marcoses and the Romualdezes join forces in a campaign rally held Monday night in Balyuan, Tacloban City. Photo by Chris Billes/Rappler

#EarthDay2016: What do the Earth's resources mean to you?

Apr 22, 2016 - 11:25 PM

Individuals and groups are working in their own ways to make EarthDay2016 meaningful and are challenging people everywhere to take action

As Roxas campaigns in Leyte, Martin Romualdez makes amends

Apr 20, 2016 - 9:56 PM

The UNA senatorial candidate issues a press statement calling for an end to the blame game over Super Typhoon Yolanda