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Arroyo sets NDRRMC briefing to review disaster relief plans

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:57 PM

The new Speaker of the House distributes relief goods to residents affected by heavy flooding in Sasmuan and Dinalupihan towns in Central Luzon

DISASTER RELIEF. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo conducts relief oprerations in Sasmuan, Pampanga on July 27, 2018. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on post-disaster resettlement programs

May 30, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Watch the hearing live on Wednesday, May 30

Caritas brings spirit of Christmas to Urduja-hit Biliran

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:36 AM

Caritas Palo, the humanitarian arm of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Palo, distributes relief goods in remote Biliran towns

NEEDS ASSESSMENT. Caritas Palo conducts needs assessment in Naval town in Biliran province, which was heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) on December 16, 2017. Photo courtesy of Caritas Palo

Former U.S. presidents take stage at hurricane benefit concert

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter appear together, praising Americans for their willingness to help fellow citizens and urging them to do more

UNITED. (L-R) Former US Presidents, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama attend the Hurricane Relief concert in College Station, Texas, on October 21, 2017. Jim Chapin/AFP

DSWD conducts relief operations for people displaced by Maring

Sep 13, 2017 - 10:50 AM

The welfare department says at least 221 families or 924 persons were affected by the heavy downpour and flooding caused by Maring which hit Luzon as a tropical depression

#MARINGPH. Commuters and motorists brave the knee-deep flood due to heavy rains brought by TD Maring along Evacom in Las Piñas City on September 12, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NPA rebels declare temporary ceasefire in quake-hit areas

Feb 13, 2017 - 8:13 AM

The NPA s ceasefire covers the whole province of Surigao del Norte and the towns of Cabadbaran Tubay Jabonga and Santiago in Agusan Del Norte

DAMAGE. A portion of the Surigao Airport is damaged by a strong quake that hit evening of February 10. Photo by Cesar Chavez

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

Cardinal Tagle to parishes: Prepare to help LGUs hit by Nina

Dec 26, 2016 - 1:00 AM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle makes this appeal to parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila which covers 5 cities in the National Capital Region

BEFORE LANDFALL. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the Christmas Eve Mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 24, 2016, a day before Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten) made landfall in Catanduanes. Photo by Maria Tan

DSWD to #LawinPH survivors: Report relief irregularities

Nov 02, 2016 - 3:26 PM

This is why we release this kind of information so the citizens will get involved in running the government The changes that we want will not happen if we don’t take action says DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo

RELIEF DISTRIBUTION. DSWD Sec Judy Taguiwalo leads the distribution of relief goods in Kalinga after Super Typhoon Lawin hit the province. Photo courtesy of DSWD

#OnyokPH: Help map critical reports

Dec 19, 2015 - 12:28 AM

Share critical information such as flooded areas damaged roads or people in need of rescue by reporting your location and the situation on the Agos Disaster Alert Map

COA: Irregularities in AFP purchases for Yolanda relief

Nov 12, 2015 - 8:43 AM

State auditors discover that the military bought petroleum oil and lubricants through a repeat order Supplemental contract agreements are undated and some required documents are missing

PRIORITY RELIEF. Philippine Air Force helicoper take off from the devastated airport in Tacloban city. Photo by EPA/Francis Malasig

US helicopter missing in Nepal with 8 aboard: military

May 13, 2015 - 3:09 AM

The chopper was carrying 6 US Marines and two soldiers from the Nepalese army

The day the earth shook in Nepal

May 04, 2015 - 11:50 AM

I alternated between praying and screaming for my mom while holding my son tight My husband was hugging both of us The house continued to sway violently It felt like an eternity

RUINS. A view of damaged building a day after a massive earthquake, in Kathmandu, Nepal, 26 April 2015. Narendra Shrestha/EPA

Typhoon aid to PH hurt by poor coordination – charities

Nov 11, 2014 - 6:36 PM

A study of the aid delivery by 5 charities finds a lack of communication between international aid providers their local counterparts and the government

HOMELESS SURVIVORS. Up to 14,500 Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors still live in tents as of July 2014, the government says. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Australia gives P10M-assistance to #GlendaPH victims

Jul 17, 2014 - 10:38 AM

The non food assistance includes family survival kits for 1 400 families in Albay and health and dignity kits for 2 000 women

Protecting Mt. Kalatungan from top to bottom

Jul 13, 2014 - 10:14 PM

Lessons from the synergy and collaboration among the upland communities of Indigenous People in Talakag Bukidnon

UNSEEN SPIRITS. Mt. Kalatungan is known by the indigenous people as the dwelling place of invisible entities that guide and provide for them. All photos by Hope Angela Sanico

Texting, e-Jeepneys, and Tacloban

Jul 09, 2014 - 2:56 PM

A non profit organization plans to introduce at least 7 e Jeepneys into Tacloban City s public transport system which was crippled by Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013

E-JEEPNEYS. Non-profit organization iCSC breaks ground for a solar-powered charging facility in Tacloban. The facility  will power a fleet of electric jeepneys that will soon arrive in Tacloban. Photo by.Teddy Arellano/iCSC

Aquino: Improve ASEAN disaster coordination

May 11, 2014 - 8:51 PM

President Benigno Aquino III cites the Philippines and Super Typhoon Yolanda as reason to emphasize the need for ASEAN to implement its Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response

IMPROVEMENT. President Aquino urges ASEAN leaders to improve joint disaster relief response. Malacañang Photo Bureau

#DearObama: Goodbye, Mr President

Apr 30, 2014 - 2:47 PM

As I write this you are halfway home Please do not forget the promises you made to my countrymen

End the empty promises

Feb 22, 2014 - 11:19 AM

Let’s hope this time it’s not business as usual not only for the Philippines but also for other disaster prone nations

PH vows to build back better 100 days post-Haiyan

Feb 16, 2014 - 7:43 PM

The United Nations says the need remain enormous in areas hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda international name Haiyan

100 DAYS AFTER. Row of tents used as temporary shelters by resident-survivors of super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) along the coastal area of Tacloban City. The United Nations warned on February 15 that millions of survivors of the Philippines' deadliest typhoon were still without adequate shelter 100 days after the disaster. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

In Numbers: 100 days after Yolanda

Feb 16, 2014 - 1:03 PM

Here are some figures to help us see how Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan affected the country and how these have been addressed so far

VitaMeal relief bags nutritious alternative to canned goods

Nov 28, 2013 - 4:24 PM

VitaMeal bags don t just fill up stomachs but help rebuild nutrition of Yolanda survivors

NUTRITIOUS AND FILLING. The Force for Good and Feed The Children Philippines relief team distribute hot VitaMeal Champorado meals to Yolanda survivors. Photos courtesy of Feed the Children Philippines

THAICOM-IPSTAR helps Yolanda survivors

Nov 25, 2013 - 5:01 PM

The Thai company first set up its communication network in Tacloban City

Next week: NEDA's action plan for Yolanda survivors

Nov 22, 2013 - 10:48 PM

The plan will outline how the government intends to address the basic needs of Yolanda survivors until end 2014

REHABILITATION. NEDA will submit the short-term rehabilitation plans to the president next week.Photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

Japan sends Filipino-speaking aid workers to calamity areas

Nov 19, 2013 - 5:25 PM

Japan s medical mission in the typhoon hit areas comes with workers who speak the Philippines national language

BREAKING BARRIERS. Shigehiro Matsuda from JICA. Photo by Rappler

Pope to call for Philippines aid in 'Year of Faith' event

Nov 19, 2013 - 12:15 AM

Pope Francis to urge everyone to donate aid money to the Philippines to end the Vatican Year of Faith event

CALLING FOR AID. Pope Francis during his Sunday Angelus prayer on November 17, 2013. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP PHOTO

Japan medics bring high-tech fixes to PH typhoon areas

Nov 16, 2013 - 2:37 PM

Mobile X ray kits are helping Japanese medics treat Filipinos hit by Typhoon Haiyan

MEDICAL AID. Jennifer Purga checks on her husband in a Tacloban hospital. Japanese technology is helping to improve care for some victims of the typhoon. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

CHED suspends college operations in areas hit by Yolanda

Nov 13, 2013 - 6:15 PM

For CHED information is hard to come by as regional directors themselves are affected by the super typhoon

STILL STANDING. What remains of the Leyte Colleges after typhoon Yolanda devastated the province. Photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

From rivals to partners: Telcos offer free SMS in Yolanda-hit areas

Nov 12, 2013 - 9:02 PM

Globe Smart and Sun Cellular agree to provide 25 free SMS to typhoon survivors in Visayas

Companies help Yolanda survivors

Nov 12, 2013 - 6:25 PM

Here s how the country s biggest companies are helping victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda

HELP ON ITS WAY. Private firms chip in for Typhoon Yolanda victims. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Curfew, armored vehicles in Tacloban

Nov 12, 2013 - 1:33 PM

Tacloban City declares a curfew from 10 pm to 6 am

LOOTING IN TACLOBAN. Some survivors of the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda were reported to have looted groceries for food and non-food supplies. Photo by EPA/Francis Malasig

US sends more troops to storm-ravaged PH

Nov 12, 2013 - 2:41 AM

There are now 180 American military personnel in the Philippines to give humanitarian assistance in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan

AUGMENTED. The first batch of 90 US Marine Corps members board a KC-130J Hercules aircraft on Nov 10, 2013, at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, moments before departing for Tacloban. Photo by AFP/USMC/Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey

Tag crisis tweets for UN action with MicroMappers

Nov 11, 2013 - 6:13 PM

MicroMappers is looking for more volunteers to help tag tweets for a United Nations relief effort

MICROMAPPERS. Help tag tweets for the UN to better help Filipinos. Screen shot from CrowdCrafting.org

Viber expands free call service for PH Haiyan relief

Nov 11, 2013 - 3:34 PM

Viber aims to help the Philippines after the typhoon by offering free calls abroad to let others know you re okay

CALL YOUR FAMILY. Viber offers free calling services temporarily for Filipinos. Screen shots from Viber

President's 'pork,' savings to fund Yolanda relief efforts

Nov 10, 2013 - 1:59 AM

The President promises to tap into the same fund that he has also committed for the Zamboanga and Central Visayas rehabilitation

ANARCHY. People started entering stores and homes just to get food, appliances, or anything they could get hold of to survive the day. Photo by EPA/Francis Malasig

Gov't probes Bohol quake relief 'hoarding'

Oct 22, 2013 - 2:26 PM

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas orders the Philippine National Police PNP to look into reports of hoarding following complaints goods delivered to local officers were not being distributed

Australia to give P126-M more in aid for typhoon Pablo

Feb 04, 2013 - 5:54 PM

Australia responds to renewed calls for aid for victims of typhoon Pablo

Tales from a disaster

Dec 26, 2012 - 5:51 PM

Two weeks after Pablo victims in Davao Oriental remain patient and resilient

The bitterest storm

Dec 21, 2012 - 10:55 AM

This is a story that begins with a storm This is written in the hope that there is another story one that does not end with a spinning wind

Help 'Pablo' victims in Cateel

Dec 14, 2012 - 5:58 PM

After having seen the effects of Pablo in Davao Oriental’s coastal towns I don’t know what’s left I am distraught but I remain hopeful

Appeal to help 2-M flood victims

Aug 09, 2012 - 3:28 PM

Government officials appeal for help in getting relief to two million people affected by deadly floods in Metro Manila and nearby provinces

Aquino visits Muntinlupa; Arroyo, Pampanga

Aug 08, 2012 - 11:01 PM

President Aquino and Rep Gloria Arroyo braved the rains Wednesday to distribute relief goods to flood victims

P5.95-B in calamity funds still available

Aug 07, 2012 - 5:00 PM

Should the funds not be enough Abad says the government is ready to augment the QRF and the Calamity Fund

OVERWHELMED. Metro streets became rivers and seas as incessant rainfall on August 7, 2012 submerged large portions of Metro Manila, such as this street in Las Piñas, in murky floodwaters. Photo by Lauralyn Quesada

How can PH lessen dependence on foreign aid?

Apr 17, 2012 - 6:51 PM

To accept foreign disaster relief means swallowing national pride says the Philippines disaster management chief