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

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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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Jan 17, 2017 - 12:01 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

Camarines Sur under state of calamity

Dec 26, 2016 - 9:53 AM

UPDATED The province is placed under a state of calamity meaning the local government will have access to funds to help them respond to needs of typhoon victims

Seismologists warn of more quakes in New Zealand

Nov 18, 2016 - 1:53 PM

The current probability of quakes of magnitude 6 0 and above hitting in the next month is about 100 times larger than what we would normally expect says official GeoNet science agency

MORE EARTHQUAKES? Earthquake damage to State Highway 1 is seen south of Kaikoura on November 16, 2016. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Cagayan needs Yolanda-like rehab plan – Governor Mamba

Nov 06, 2016 - 11:20 PM

Super Typhoon Lawin Haima left P5 7 billion worth of damage to agriculture and P2 8 billion worth of damage to infrastructure in Cagayan

Recto: Calamity fund enough, challenge is to release aid fast

Oct 24, 2016 - 3:55 PM

With P37 billion in its calamity fund the Philippines should focus on simplifying and speeding up the process of releasing money for disaster hit areas says Senator Ralph Recto

Kalinga residents appeal for aid: 'Don't forget us'

Oct 22, 2016 - 11:12 PM

Residents of Kalinga need water medicines and other relief goods

ROOFLESS. A heavily damaged home sits vacant in Tabuk, Kalinga. Photo credit: James Edduba

After Lawin, state of calamity declared in Cagayan

Oct 22, 2016 - 6:16 PM

In the summary report issued by the Cagayan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council damage to agriculture is estimated to be worth P6 3 billion

DAMAGE. This bridge in Peñablanca, Cagayan is destroyed by Lawin, leaving dozens of villages still isolated. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Kalinga under state of calamity due to Lawin

Oct 22, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Provincial authorities say Super Typhoon Lawin Haima left at least 6 people dead in Kalinga while a total of 8 080 persons are affected

WATCH: Tuguegarao evacuees ask for food, clothes after Lawin

Oct 22, 2016 - 7:10 AM

At least 20 000 homes are partially destroyed in Cagayan with another 6 900 completely damaged

Ilocos Norte under state of calamity as Lawin leaves P673-M damage

Oct 21, 2016 - 10:18 PM

The local disaster management council reports that 10 927 individuals from 127 barangays have sought shelter in over 70 evacuation centers

Prosecutors press suspension of JV Ejercito, San Juan execs

Oct 19, 2016 - 7:22 PM

The Office of the Special Prosecutor says the Sandiganbayan resolution ordering the preventive suspension of the senator and 2 incumbent San Juan City officials has become final and executory

HARD QUESTION. Senator JV Ejercito says he does not want to comment on whether or not Senator Jinggoy Estrada is capable of committing plunder. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

#100DaysofDuterte: The change that came to DSWD

Oct 09, 2016 - 10:30 AM

What are the changes that Judy Taguiwalo has introduced to the Department of Social Welfare and Development in her first 100 days in office?

100 DAYS. DSWD Secretary introduces severa changes and new policy directions to the agency, 100 days since she assumed office.

Join the 3rd quarter #Pagyanig challenge on Sept 28

Sep 26, 2016 - 2:53 PM

The public is invited to join the Pagyanig Challenge and show how we can all be prepared for the Big One

WATCH: #FerdiePH: Gov asks Duterte to help rehabilitate Batanes

Sep 18, 2016 - 10:33 AM

The initial estimate of the typhoon damage in the province is at P369 million

REBUILDING BATANES. An Ivatan family in a village in Basco, Batanes begins to rebuild their home which was destroyed by Typhoon Ferdie. Photo by DSWD/Batanes Provincial Social Welfare Office

Isabela urged to declare state of calamity as crop damage hit P1B

Sep 01, 2016 - 11:54 AM

The damage may even increase as farmers have yet to harvest their crops says a provincial agriculturist

Court orders 90-day suspension of JV Ejercito, San Juan officials

Aug 23, 2016 - 11:08 AM

UPDATED I will not hesitate to do it again says Senator JV Ejercito of his decision to use calamity funds to buy high powered firearms for San Juan city s police department in 2008 the subject of his graft case before the Sandiganbayan

CHARGES. Senator JV Ejercito faces graft and malversation charges over alleged fund misuse when he was San Juan mayor. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

China mounts rescue efforts as tornado toll hits 98

Jun 24, 2016 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED President Xi Jinping has ordered all out rescue efforts after what Xinhua said was one of the worst disasters ever to hit Jiangsu including the worst tornado to hit China in half a century

RESCUE. A picture made available on June 24, 2016 shows firemen running to search for victims in Funing county, Jiangsu province, China, June 23, 2016. Storms and a rare tornado in Funing and neighboring Sheyang counties in the have killed 78 people. Photo by FEATURECHINA/EPA

Change is coming: The politics of El Niño

May 18, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Moving forward there are key things that the new government must act on bearing in mind the welfare of communities that have been suffering the most from inaction and incoherence

EL NIÑO. A farmer stands next to a stream in barangay Payong-Payong, Pigcawayan municipality, North Cotabato in February 2016. The drought has left this stream, the village's main source of water, nearly dried up. All photos from Oxfam

What does the most vote-rich province want from the next president?

May 05, 2016 - 3:02 PM

Cebu is the most vote rich province in the Philippines with about 2 7 million registered voters

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Organic farming thrives in Isabela

May 04, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Training in organic farming in Isabela helps farmers like Mang Kikoy recover from disasters and other calamities

ORGANIC FARMING. Rice and corn farmers like Mang Kikoy shift to organic farming after knowing that chemicals harm the environment. Photo from FSSI

Negros Oriental gov, 2 others face raps for calamity fund misuse

May 03, 2016 - 11:06 AM

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo provincial treasurer Danilo Mendez and provincial accountant Teodorico Reyes are facing malversation and gross negligence charges

CALAMITY FUND MISUSE. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says the 3 Negros Oriental officials led by their governor are liable for malversation and gross negligence.

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Apr 28, 2016 - 7:17 PM

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Negros Occidental declares state of calamity due to El Niño

Apr 27, 2016 - 11:01 PM

The dry spell affects 7 080 farmers 44 fisherfolk and 7 909 sugar planters in 136 barangays of 21 towns and cities in the province

El Niño drying up Cebu’s 'Little Amsterdam'

Apr 19, 2016 - 4:23 PM

Cebu province recently declared state of calamity due to dry spell

Cebu execs ask Comelec: Allow us to distribute relief goods

Apr 15, 2016 - 10:35 PM

Cebu province is under a state of calamity due to El Niño but it s an election offense when politicians distribute relief goods during the campaign period

#NoWater: Cebu homes run dry

Apr 14, 2016 - 8:52 PM

A state of calamity has been declared in both the city and province

Image courtesy Paulo Andrade / Rappler

Cebu, Bohol under state of calamity due to El Niño

Apr 11, 2016 - 9:03 PM

Cebu s provincial government will deploy the Rapid Assessment Team next week to assess the agricultural damage caused by El Niño

Cebu City declares state of calamity due to water shortage

Apr 08, 2016 - 9:41 PM

UPDATED The MCWD says it will buy close to 10 000 cubic meters per day from bulk water suppliers

Court orders arrest of JV Ejercito, 5 others over fund misuse

Apr 06, 2016 - 3:04 PM

UPDATED The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group is given a copy of the arrest warrant