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Mayor wants Naga, Cebu, under state of calamity

Sep 21, 2018 - 3:59 PM

(UPDATED) According to reports, the city government has only declared a state of calamity in the villages of Tinaan, Naalad, Mainit, Pangdan, and Cabungahan

HELPING OUT. Residents help rescuers search for survivors at the landslide site in Naga City, on the popular tourist island of Cebu on September 20, 2018. File photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

Duterte urged to declare state of calamity in Typhoon Ompong-hit regions

Sep 21, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Imposition of price ceilings, reprogramming of funds, and access to no-interest loans are some of the effects under a state of calamity

Areas under state of calamity due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 16, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Here is a list of areas placed under a state of calamity due to Typhoon Ompong

Workers clear debris from a landslide and fallen posts in Barangay Poksukan, Mines View in Baguio City, brought about by the heavy rains and winds that Typhoon Ompong. Baguio still has no electricity in major parts of the city. September 16, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

LOOK: Ilocos Norte placed under state of calamity due to flooding

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:49 PM

More than 14,000 residents are affected by heavy rains and floods brought by the southwest monsoon, says the provincial government

FLOODED. Paoay Church is flooded after nonstop rains caused by habagat in Ilocos Norte. Photo by Rovinmarc Marquez

Declare state of calamity in Basilan – local officials

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:50 PM

(3RD UPDATE) The Basilan peace and order council makes the recommendation to the provincial board due to the ongoing military operations that have displaced residents in Mohammad Ajul town, the acute rice shortage, and the 'cocolisap' infestation in the province

BASILAN PEACE AND ORDER COUNCIL. The provincial peace and order council meets on August 6, 2018. Photo from the Provincial Government of Basilan Facebook page

First on Arroyo’s agenda: Ratify Bangsamoro law, aid to calamity victims

Jul 24, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Prior to her arrival at the House of Representatives on her first full day as Speaker, former president Gloria Arroyo meets with her allies at her La Vista home in Quezon City to organize her transition team

SPEAKER ARROYO. Newly installed Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo talks to the media on Juy 24, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Dagupan City under state of calamity

Jul 21, 2018 - 4:37 PM

The situation in the entire province of Pangasinan is being monitored as heavy rains continue

STATE OF CALAMITY. City officials of Dagupan meet on July 21, 2018, after the city was put under state of calamity following heavy rains. Photo from Mayor Belen Fernandez' Facebook Page

State of calamity declaration sought for mainland Boracay

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The municipal council of Malay, Aklan, wants more concrete basis to consider the proposal of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the Liga ng mga Barangay

JOBLESS. Boatmen are among the Boracay residents who have lost their livelihood after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of the tourist destination for 6 months. Photo Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

DTI imposes price freeze on goods in Boracay

May 11, 2018 - 9:42 AM

The automatic price ceiling and regular monitoring of prices are pursuant to Proclamation No 475, which placed 3 barangays in Boracay under a state of calamity

PRICE CAP. The Department of Trade and Industry has placed a price cap on basic goods sold in areas in Boracay that are under a state of calamity. Rappler file photo

DBM to release P490M for Boracay roads

May 02, 2018 - 10:20 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno also says P448 million was released to the Department of Labor and Employment for assistance to Boracay workers and residents

State of calamity in Boracay, Philippines on Villa expulsion, George RR Martin’s new book | Evening wRap

Apr 26, 2018 - 9:59 PM

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Duterte signs proclamation placing 3 barangays in Boracay under state of calamity

Apr 26, 2018 - 4:08 PM

(3RD UPDATE) Malacañang has yet to issue an Executive Order on the closure of Boracay, even after the island has been shut down to tourists

Boracay, Philippines/ Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Malacañang downplays absence of written Boracay closure order

Apr 24, 2018 - 1:26 PM

'Wala pa but, come on, it's just a matter of the President signing it,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in response to concerns that there are still no formal orders two days before the closure begins

Boracay, Philippines/ Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Part of calamity fund to be used for Boracay closure – DBM

Apr 11, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the P2 billion promised by President Rodrigo Duterte for the Boracay closure will be sourced from the calamity fund

BRIEFING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno holds a press briefing at the Department of Budget and Management on April 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of DBM

Duterte to declare state of calamity in Boracay, warns courts not to interfere

Mar 06, 2018 - 8:10 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte warns courts not to issue a temporary restraining order against his declaration or else he will 'bullshit' them

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 'merienda' he hosted for the rebel returnees at the Malacañan Palace on February 21, 2018, assures the surrenderees government support for them to be reintegrated back to the society. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Covering disasters: Expert tells media not to focus on death toll

Mar 02, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Mahar Lagmay, who heads UP's Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards project, says the media should also report on other forms of losses during disasters. Media organizations do.

The agricultural damage of Typhoon Lawin in 2016 was not reported by the media who are focused on reporting fatalities, an expert on natural hazards said. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

DILG's Boracay plan: 6-month state of calamity, 2-month business shutdown

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:16 PM

DILG Officer-in-charge Eduardo Año says the declaration will 'hasten' the island's recovery from intense commercialization

IN CALAMITY? Boracay is one of the most popular beach destinations in the Philippines. File photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Albay under state of calamity due to Mayon Volcano

Jan 16, 2018 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara appeals for aid from the national government and the private sector

Robredo’s New Year wish: Unity, fewer calamities, zero killings

Dec 28, 2017 - 11:52 AM

'Tingin ko hindi naging maganda iyong 2017 as far as pagkakaisa is concerned – masyadong polarized iyong mga Pilipino noong mga nakaraang buwan at nakaraang taon,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

HOPE FOR 2018. Vice President Leni Robredo launches her Istorya ng Pag-Asa program at the Camarines Norte State College on December 7, 2017. File photo by OVP

Davao City cancels Christmas, New Year feasts to condole with fire, flood victims

Dec 24, 2017 - 3:27 PM

'This is not the time for merrymaking,' says Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who has also asked the city council to declare Davao City under state of calamity

EMPLOYEES TRAPPED? Authorities are verifying reports that at least 10 employees of NCCC Mall of Davao are still inside as fire rages on Saturday, December 23, 2017. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Destroyed roads, bridges in Mindanao due to Vinta

Dec 24, 2017 - 11:25 AM

Of the 4 road sections are closed to traffic, 3 are in Region X, while one is in Region XIII

Lanao del Norte under state of calamity due to Vinta

Dec 24, 2017 - 9:36 AM

The state of calamity authorizes Lanao del Norte 'to utilize all available funds for the year 2017' to immediately help victims of Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin)

Tacloban City under state of calamity due to Urduja

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:38 PM

'This is the only major storm that hit the city this year,' Tacloban City Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin says

FLOODING IN TACLOBAN. Heavy rain brought by Tropical Storm Urduja floods a road leading to downtown Tacloban City on December 15, 2017. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler

Over 7,200 candidates set to take 2017 Bar exams

Nov 05, 2017 - 12:01 AM

The chair of the 2017 Bar examinations is Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin

LAWYER HOPEFULS. Examinees enter the University of Santo Tomas during the first day of the 2016 Bar examinations on November 6, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cebu mountain village under state of calamity due to land movement

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:48 PM

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Central Visayas has recommended that Sitio Camfranco in Barangay Lower Becerril be declared as a 'permanent danger zone and no habitation zone'

DANGEROUS. Heavy rains caused cracks in the soil in parts of Boljoon town, including Sitio Camfranco. Photo from MGB Central Visayas

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

Zamboanga City under state of calamity

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:49 AM

(UPDATED) The City Council declares a state of calamity in Zamboanga City which has experienced massive flooding, as well as damage to agriculture and infrastructure, due to heavy rains

CITY DISASTER COUNCIL. Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco presides over the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) meeting. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Cagayan town under state of calamity due to Tropical Storm Odette

Oct 13, 2017 - 11:48 PM

Almost all the 27 barangays of the municipality of Allacapan are affected by flooding due to overnight rain

SUBMERGED VILLAGES. Ricefields in Cagayan Valley are the worst hit by floods caused by Tropical Storm Odette's rains on October 13, 2017. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Bird flu in PH: Pampanga under state of calamity

Aug 11, 2017 - 8:19 PM

A team from the agriculture department will also look into the culpability of veterinarians and farm managers who did not report the incidence as early as April when the mortalities started

STATE OF CALAMITY. Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol discusses the avian influenza outbreak in Pampanga. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

JV Ejercito acquitted of technical malversation in San Juan fund mess

Aug 11, 2017 - 11:49 AM

In his separate concurring opinion Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Karl Miranda says calamity funds can be used to buy firearms because this is considered part of disaster preparedness

Duterte declares state of calamity in Ormoc and Kananga, Leyte

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:32 PM

The areas are recovering from the damage caused by the earthquake last July 6

STATE OF CALAMITY. A resident still shocked after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake damaged his house in Cabaonan, Ormoc City on July 6, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

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

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Jul 10, 2017 - 9:12 PM

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Ormoc City to be placed under state of calamity

Jul 10, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Cabinet secretaries led by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana meet with Leyte local government leaders on rehabilitation efforts after the magnitude 6 5 quake

Photo from Office of Presidential Spokesperson

Teach people to rebuild homes after disasters, advocate says

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:51 PM

Liter of Light founder Illac Diaz says teaching people to rebuild their homes can make it cheaper to reconstruct towns and cities

SUSTAINABLE LIGHT. Diaz on Day 1 of the AGOS Summit on Disater Preparedness at the SM Aura Samsung Hall in Taguig on July 6, 2017.  SUSTAINABLE LIGHT. Day 1 of the AGOS Summit on Disater Preparedness at the SM Aura Samsung Hall in Taguig on July 6, 2017.

Bar topnotcher Karen Mae Calam hopes to inspire others to dream big

May 03, 2017 - 2:36 PM

The 2016 Bar topnotcher from Kalilangan Bukidnon says her feat is beyond beyond beyond what she prayed for

DREAM BIG. Bar topnotcher Karen Mae Calam of the University of San Carlos in an interview in Cebu City after the Supreme Court announced the Bar exam results on May 3, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

University of San Carlos grad tops 2016 Bar Exams

May 03, 2017 - 11:20 AM

3rd UPDATE The 2016 Bar Exams register a passing rate of 59 06 the highest in decades

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Karen Mae Calam of the University of San Carlos in Cebu has topped the 2016 Bar examinations. Photo from SC PIO

Lanao del Sur town under state of calamity as earthquake damage reaches P25M

Apr 18, 2017 - 7:58 PM

The magnitude 6 earthquake that struck Mindanao last week affected 14 barangays and displaced at least 1 000 families in the municipality of Wao

Quake-hit Batangas under state of calamity

Apr 05, 2017 - 11:05 AM

UPDATED The assessment of the damage is ongoing in the province says Governor Hermilando Mandanas

EARTHQUAKE BATANGAS / APRIL 04, 2017 Residents looks on the debris of Basilica of St. Martin of Tours damaged by earthquake that hit Taal, Batangas. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA

Negros Oriental gov hits Ombudsman for delay in corruption case

Mar 31, 2017 - 1:08 PM

The doctrine of inordinate delay is used by respondents to seek the dismissal of their charges

NDRRMC to ask P78-B more from Congress for recovery efforts

Mar 14, 2017 - 5:21 PM

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council only about P5 8 billion is left of the NDRRMC fund which is not enough to fund recovery needs

4 million without water in deadly Chile floods

Feb 27, 2017 - 1:25 AM

The Maipo river which supplies most homes in Chile s capital Santiago gets contaminated by mudslides and rubble

No water flows from a faucet during a drinking water supply cut in Santiago, on February 26, 2017. More than 1.4 million homes in Santiago were affected Sunday by a water cut from heavy rains in three regions of central Chile that left four dead and seven missing, authorities said. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BERNETTI

Duterte vows P2B in aid for quake-hit Surigao

Feb 12, 2017 - 6:21 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte during his visit to Surigao City also tells residents they will be given livelihood programs and housing

Sandiganbayan orders arrest of Negros Oriental gov for fund misuse

Jan 25, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo must pay a P2 23 million bail for his temporary freedom

ARREST ORDER. Re-elected governor Roel Degamo awaits arrest after the Sandiganbayan affirmed graft and malversation charges against him over the alleged misuse of his province's calamity funds.

Misamis Oriental under state of calamity

Jan 20, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Damage to infrastructure in the province is at P103 million as of January 20

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Jan 17, 2017 - 12:31 PM

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Cagayan de Oro under state of calamity

Jan 17, 2017 - 2:15 AM

UPDATED Forced evacuation has been ordered in several flood and landslide prone barangays Some parts of the city are in neck deep water

STRANDED. Vehicles and commuters have been stranded in Cagayan de Oro since Monday night, January 16, after nonstop rains triggered flash floods across the city. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Negros Oriental gov misused calamity funds – Ombudsman

Jan 06, 2017 - 11:53 AM

UPDATED The Ombudsman finds that Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo illegally paid for infrastructure projects in 2012 using calamity funds

Gov't prosecutors appeal acquittal of JV Ejercito on graft

Jan 04, 2017 - 7:19 PM

Citing grave abuse of discretion by the anti graft court Sandiganbayan government prosecutors are moving for the reversal of the court’s resolution

PREVENTIVE SUSPENSION. Senator JV Ejercito faces criminal charges for alleged fund misuse when he was San Juan City mayor. Rappler file photo