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Duterte fires Office of Civil Defense deputy administrator

May 22, 2020 - 8:23 AM

Kristoffer James Purisima is sacked due to 'lack of trust and confidence,' says Malacañang

Office of Civil Defense Assistant Secretary Kristoffer Purisima, during the Bangon Marawi press briefing in Malacañang on April 20, 2018, announces that they have been conducting consultations with various stakeholders and the residents of Marawi City on the rehabilitation of the 24 severely damaged barangays. The discussion include, timeline for the return of our internally displaced persons; competing land claims; locations of proposed public infrastructure and specifications. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH gov’t now requires public disclosure of coronavirus patients’ identities

Apr 12, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says that this will strengthen the country’s contact tracing efforts

CONTACT TRACING. Shoppers buying necessities at a grocery store in Manila on March 12, 2020, before the lockdown in Luzon was declared. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Office of Civil Defense denies being choke point for donations

Apr 03, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The agency’s job is to keep an inventory of all donations to the national government and redistribute them if necessary, but direct donations to other agencies are allowed

RICARDO JALAD. Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense, at a Senate hearing on January 29, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FALSE: Medical City, private hospitals 'raided' for PPE donations

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:41 PM

The Medical City, Pasig City police, and the Office of Civil Defense deny the claim

OCD commemorates Yolanda with disaster risk reduction conference in Samar

Nov 09, 2019 - 8:12 PM

'The goal shall always be zero casualty,' Interagency Task Force Yolanda Chair and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles told participants of the DRRM conference

DISASTER RISK REDUCTION. Six years since Yolanda's onslaught, the Office of Civil Defense holds a Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Eastern Samar on Saturday, November 9. Photo from Office of Civil Defense

Nicanor Faeldon's gov't posts and the controversies that trailed him

Sep 06, 2019 - 1:33 PM

Occupying 3 key government positions since July 2016, Nicanor Faeldon has had more than his usual share of troubles

Second day of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 3, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Filipinos participate in 2nd nationwide earthquake drill for 2019

Jun 20, 2019 - 9:38 PM

The quarterly nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill aims to boost disaster awareness and preparedness across the country

QUEZON CITY. Corazon Elementary School pupils in Batasan, Quezon City, participate in a simultaneous nationwide earthquake drill on June 20 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Marawi residents to gov't: Unreleased donations deprive us of basic needs

Jun 03, 2019 - 7:50 PM

'It is so frustrating to learn that two years after the Marawi siege...internally displaced persons are still struggling for their everyday survival,' says Moro Consensus Group chairperson Drieza Lininding

LONG WAIT. Displaced Marawi residents continue to lack access to basic needs and donations intended for them. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

OCD: 'No signs of life' under Chuzon Supermarket Pampanga rubble

Apr 24, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Civil Defense Central Luzon director Marlou Salazar says the exact number of missing people has yet to be verified

COLLAPSED. Lifters pull up collapsed Chuzon Supermarket to prevent it from further inclining forward on April 23, 2019. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

U.S. authorities arrest man linked to North Korea embassy raid

Apr 20, 2019 - 5:41 PM

A dissident organization known as the Cheollima Civil Defense says it orchestrated the February 22 embassy raid to highlight illicit activities rampant in North Korea's foreign missions

NORTH KOREA. The North Korean flag is seen past a barbed-wire fenced wall of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur on March 5, 2017. File photo by Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

North Korea urges Spain to probe Madrid embassy raid

Mar 31, 2019 - 12:24 PM

'We expect that the authorities concerned in Spain to carry out an investigation,' says North Korea

PROBE CALLED. North Korea wants Madrid to probe the raid of their embassy. KCNA via KNS file photo/AFP

North Korea embassy raid group promises 'bigger things ahead'

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:57 PM

The Cheollima Civil Defense group emerges from the shadows this week to claim responsibility for a commando-style raid on Pyongyang's embassy in Madrid

Shadowy group declares 'government-in-exile' for North Korea

Mar 01, 2019 - 1:58 PM

In a statement posted on its website in both Korean and English, the group announces itself as a provisional government for the North called 'Free Joseon'

GOVERNMENT-IN-EXILE? South Koreans watch a television news showing a video footage of a man who claims he is Kim Han-Sol, a nephew of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un, at a railway station in Seoul on March 8, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Bicol OCD: Tropical Depression Usman death toll climbs to 68

Dec 31, 2018 - 1:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of Civil Defense -Bicol Region fears the number of fatalities will continue to increase

SEARCH AND RETRIEVAL. Police officers, fire brigades and volunteers help in the operation. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

What gov't has done so far to prepare for Typhoon Ompong

Sep 14, 2018 - 12:10 AM

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council activates clusters responsible for ensuring crucial assistance is provided to typhoon-hit areas

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the disaster preparedeness briefing of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Ricardo Jalad inside the Operations Room of the NDRRMC Building in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on September 13, 2018 as the country braces for the onslaught of Typhoon 'Ompong.' Joining the President are Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

French soldiers arrive in Sweden to fight wildfires

Jul 23, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Firefighters are battling around 50 wildfires after an unprecedented drought in the region and soaring temperatures, which have reached the highest in a century

FIRE FIGHTERS. Stephane Nissle and the rest of the French civil protection service arrive at Arlanda airport, north of Stockholm on July 23, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Some roads closed in Benguet, Ifugao due to heavy rains, landslides

Jul 18, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Banaue-Hungduan-Benguet Boundary Road and Balbalan-Pinukpuk Road are closed due to the rain and landslides, while Kennon Road, Abra-Ilocos Road, Acop-Bakun Road were pre-emptively closed on July 17

Only 1.16% of disaster response items delivered to OCD in 2017 – COA

May 13, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management should refund the Office of Civil Defense for undelivered items

UNDELIVERED. The Commission on Audit says P5.11 million or only 1.16% of disaster-response items purchased by the Office of Civil Defense were delivered by the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management in 2017.

Lorenzana: Disaster preparedness is a never-ending effort

Feb 16, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Local government officials should be at the forefront of disaster preparedness efforts, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, chair of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, after the first National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill in Quezon City

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Quezon City leads 1st nationwide earthquake drill for 2018

Feb 15, 2018 - 9:33 PM

QC rescuers respond to a number of earthquake scenarios, such as fire incidents, fallen debris, a looting incident, and a collapsed structure

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#BidaAngHanda earthquake drill set for February 15

Feb 05, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The #BidaAngHanda campaign aims to educate Filipinos about how they should prepare for earthquakes and other hazards

Mayon victims sent home to prevent outbreaks in evacuation camps

Feb 02, 2018 - 9:45 PM

The Office of Civil Defense is prepared should the alert level rise and force further evacuations, however

EVACUEES. A Mayon evacuee takes care of her child. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

NDRRMC, other government agencies prepare for possible LPA before 2018

Dec 28, 2017 - 10:54 PM

If the said low pressure area will enter the Philippine area of responsibility before the year ends, it will be the 23rd tropical cyclone of 2017

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Dec 28, 2017 - 8:15 PM

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Palace defends Faeldon's appointment to new gov't post

Dec 28, 2017 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'The appointment of Nicanor Faeldon to another position puts a big question mark in the government's seriousness in fighting corruption,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

NEW POST. President Rodrigo Duterte appoints detained former Bureau of Customs Chief Nicanor Faeldon as the new deputy administrator of the Office of Civil Defense.

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Dec 27, 2017 - 8:40 PM

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Duterte appoints Faeldon to Office of Civil Defense

Dec 27, 2017 - 4:18 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Faeldon is facing separate investigations at the Ombudsman for the P6.4 billion drug shipment and rice smuggling in Cagayan de Oro

Senate inquiry on the P6.4 Billion worth of shabu shipment from China, on the possible malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance of the Bureau of Customs officials and employees. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Nearly 16,000 evacuate as Vinta hits Davao Oriental

Dec 22, 2017 - 6:39 AM

In Cateel town, where the severe tropical storm made landfall on Friday, over 1,000 people seek shelter in evacuation centers

LIST: Hotlines, social media accounts during emergencies

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Bookmark this page for a handy list of emergency hotlines you can call or text, plus Facebook and Twitter accounts to contact

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

Bicol grade school students trained in disaster response, resilience

Nov 24, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Bicol is the pilot area for the Office of Civil Defense's resilience caravan

TRAINING. A representative from the Office of Civil Defense Bicol demonstrates to pupils at the Bacacay East Central School in Albay how to administer first aid. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Rejection of EU grants not a setback for Marawi rehab – OCD

Oct 23, 2017 - 4:32 PM

The Philippine government is working with other international bodies to help finance the costly rehabilitation of the warn-torn city

NDRRMC reschedules postponed earthquake drill to September 27

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:56 PM

NDRRMC initially schedules the earthquake drill on September 21. The drills are postponed after President Duterte declared it as a National Day of Protest.

COVER. Soldiers cover their heads during the Nationwide Earthquake Drill, at the Quezon City Hall grounds in Quezon City, March 31, 2017. The drill aims to increase effort in public awareness of the ever-looming possibility of strong earthquake. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

NDRRMC postpones nationwide earthquake drill

Sep 19, 2017 - 10:19 AM

The NDRRMC calls off the disaster preparedness activity after President Rodrigo Duterte suspends government work and classes on September 21

EARTHQUAKE DRILL. In this file photo, a worker activates the siren as employees cover their heads as they run for safety during the Natiowide Earthewuake Drill, at the Quezon City Hall grounds in Quezon City, March 31, 2017. The drill aims to increase effort in public awareness of the ever-looming possibility of strong earthquake. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

Government sets 3rd nationwide earthquake drill on Sept 21

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:26 PM

On the same day, various activist groups are also expected to take the streets of Metro Manila to commemorate the declaration of martial law 45 years ago

DRILL. In this file photo, police and civilian employees evacuate from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) headquarters as they participate in the nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill in Quezon City on March 31, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

FAQs: What is the #MMShakeDrill 2017?

Jul 03, 2017 - 3:03 PM

Learn more about the Metro Manila Shake Drill to be held from July 14 to 17 2017 and how you can prepare for the Big One

IN PHOTOS: 2nd quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:50 PM

UPDATED The NDRRMC leads an earthquake drill around the country on Thursday June 29

Policemen rescue a mock victim at the Manila Police District headquarters take cover during the national simultaneous earthquake drill on June 29, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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.

Fire triggers evacuation at Singapore's Changi airport

May 16, 2017 - 9:34 PM

3rd UPDATE The airport management tells passengers departing from Terminal 2 to expect significant flight delays

FIRE. Firemen inspect Changi International Airport terminal 2 in Singapore on May 16, 2017. Hundreds of passengers were evacuated from Singapore's Changi Airport on May 16 after a small fire erupted in a terminal that was quickly extinguished, authorities and witnesses said, delaying flights at the global hub. Photo by Toh Ting Wei/AFP

Thousands of passengers stranded due to Tropical Depression Crising

Apr 15, 2017 - 6:34 PM

UPDATED The Office of Civil Defense advises travelers not to proceed to seaports after the cancellation of sea trips due to Tropical Depression Crising

OCD Bicol's 1st lady chief: A tough worker, stickler for rules

Mar 04, 2017 - 11:10 AM

Blanche Gobenciong leads the Office of Civil Defense in the most disaster prone region in the country

CHANGE OF COMMAND. Usec Ricardo Jalad, OCD and NDRRMC executive director and Blanche Gobenciong, newly-installed OCD director in Bicol, share the stage. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

He took on typhoons, volcanic eruptions: Bicol's OCD chief promoted

Mar 03, 2017 - 7:06 PM

The Disaster Paradise that is Bicol went through hardships and employed team work before it got recognized for resilience during the 10 years he served the region says Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro

FAREWELL. Bernardo Rafaelito 'Raffy' Alejandro bids farewell in Bicol and passes the torch to director Blanche Gobenciong. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Negative temperature in Atok, Benguet not true, PAGASA says

Feb 17, 2017 - 8:40 PM

State weather bureau PAGASA says that if the negative temperature was indeed true then Atok and nearby municipalities should have experienced snow

NEGATIVE TEMPERATURE? State weather bureau PAGASA says there is no possibility that Atok experienced negative temperature from February 15 to 16. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler.com

Over 500 houses damaged in Mindanao quake

Feb 11, 2017 - 5:57 PM

This Office of Civil Defense describes the earthquake damage in Surigao as ‘extensive and widespread

DAMAGED STRUCTURE. Aftermath from the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that rocked Surigao City on February 10. Contributed photo

Emergency hotlines for Dinagyang Festival

Jan 21, 2017 - 11:03 PM

Contact the following emergency hotlines for urgent medical needs and other critical reports

STAGING AREA. Emergency responders prepare for the culmination of the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo on Sunday, January 22. Photo courtesy of OCD VI

Agusan del Sur residents in need of rescue, relief due to flash floods

Jan 19, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Netizens from the area have been posting photos and updates on the need for evacuation and relief goods in the area before signal went down

HELP NEEDED. Citizens in Barangay in Lapaz town are waiting to be rescued. Photos credit to Jamaica Jumonong/Rappler

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

#RoadAlert: Baguio's Session Road closed on Jan 18 for Miss Universe parade

Jan 12, 2017 - 11:51 AM

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and this year s contestants will be riding on a flower decorated floats from Upper Session Road to the Baguio Country Club on January 18

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler