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House okays bill creating Department of Disaster Resilience

Oct 01, 2018 - 5:15 PM

But Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas opposes the bill for giving 'extraordinary powers' to the new secretary of the Department of Disaster Resilience

GROUND ZERO. Rescuers struggle to find the missing in Itogon, Benguet, the site of a massive landslide triggered by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

House OKs Department of Disaster Resilience bill on 2nd reading

Sep 18, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The House bill seeks to transfer to the proposed department the 'applicable' powers and funds of existing agencies and offices in charge of disaster risk reduction and management

Flooding in Baguio City on September 15, 2018, due to Typhoon Ompong. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

[OPINION] Urgently needed: Department for disaster resilience and climate change

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

We have been calling for the new department for 5 years now, even before the 2013 Yolanda disaster. It would be fitting that we finally get this done on the fifth anniversary of that terrible event.

#ResilientPH: Lessons on disaster preparedness

Aug 22, 2018 - 1:58 PM

How do we create resilient communities? Join our discussion on August 22.

Local Government Academy holds August 23 disaster-resilient forum

Aug 17, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The forum will be held at the Mall of Asia, Hall 4, SMX Convention Center in Pasay City

DOST chief to resign if PAGASA, Phivolcs moved to disaster resilience department

Aug 09, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Science Secretary Fortunato de la Peña says he would just return to private life if the two agencies are attached to the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience

DOST CHIEF. DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña responds to questions in a press briefing in Legazpi City on August 8, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Malacañang submits bill for disaster resilience department to Congress

Jul 31, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The Palace's proposed bill creates the position of disaster resilience secretary and allows the new department to use alternative procurement methods during calamities

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 27th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 9, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Karen Jimeno named undersecretary for disaster resiliency

May 16, 2018 - 1:52 PM

Lawyer Karen Jimeno was once spokesperson of the office tasked to coordinate rehabilitation efforts after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

NEW UNDERSECRETARY. President Rodrigo Duterte names lawyer Karen Jimeno as the new undersecretary for disaster resiliency. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II

Sugarcane vinegar production helps Batangas families cope with disasters

Apr 27, 2018 - 12:10 PM

The United Nations Democracy Fund helps women in disaster-prone areas find alternative livelihood sources to ensure their households' needs are met

Pass law on easy data access to save lives from disasters – Lagmay

Apr 22, 2018 - 6:50 PM

'A lot of scientists have agreed that data should be made open. It's for the public good. It's for humanity,' says UP Resilience Institute executive director Mahar Lagmay

OPEN DATA. UP Resilience Institute Executive Director Mahar Lagmay says that keeping data open is important in preparing for disasters. Rappler screenshot

Rappler Talk: U.P. Resilience Institute Director Mahar Lagmay on open data and disaster resilience

Apr 21, 2018 - 12:38 PM

One of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, the Philippines is exposed to several natural hazards such as floods, storm surge, landslides, and earthquakes

Startups tapped to rescue disaster-prone ASEAN region

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:34 PM

'Startups to the Resque' relies on the spirit and dynamism of the youth to propose solutions for disaster resilience and recovery

DSWD gives P3.2M worth of aid to Leyte earthquake survivors

Jul 09, 2017 - 6:30 PM

A total of 1 837 families or 9 185 persons living in Leyte are displaced by the earthquake

RELIEF. DSWD sends assistance to those affected by the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that hit Leyte. Photo from DSWD

How to prepare when disaster and emergency strike

Jul 08, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Migel Estoque communications manager of PDRF urges proactive effort in order to build a culture of resiliency

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

LIVE: Day 2 of Agos Summit on Disaster Preparedness

Jul 08, 2017 - 8:43 AM

The second day of the Agos Summit covers a broad range of topics on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation Agos eBayanihan will also be relaunched

#ZeroCasualty trends nationwide during 2-day Agos Summit

Jul 07, 2017 - 8:56 PM

UPDATED Twitter users join the discussion on disaster preparedness during the first ever Agos Summit generating over 800 million impressions

LIVE: Day 1 of Agos Summit on Disaster Preparedness

Jul 07, 2017 - 8:32 AM

Day 1 of the Agos summit highlights climate action initiated by the youth and women and LGU preparedness efforts like the MMShakeDrill Bookmark this page to watch the summit

Venus Raj earns her master's degree from UP

Jun 08, 2017 - 9:09 PM

The former beauty queen graduates with a masters degree in community development

PH to mark Earth Day as Paris deal takes effect

Apr 21, 2017 - 2:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier signed the agreement despite his misgivings

Business community launches first-ever disaster operations center

Aug 11, 2016 - 1:57 PM

The center located in Makati will run 24 7 in times of a disaster to gather data and coordinate preparedness and response plans of PDRF’s member companies

DASHBOARD. Jerome Zayas of EMI briefs PDRF Board Members of the features of the EMOPS platform. Photo credit PDRF

Gigantes, a call for small islands resiliency

Nov 07, 2015 - 11:15 AM

About 80 of Gigantes’ population of 13 114 live below the poverty line with 70 dependent on fishing as a source of livelihood

DESTROYED. One of the houses on the island left uninhabitable by Typhoon Yolanda.

Disaster-resilient classrooms in Aklan

Jun 10, 2015 - 11:03 AM

In good weather these classrooms are where the young minds of Aklan are molded But in times of disaster they re shelter for those who lost their homes

Rappler Talk: Designing Salamander, the world’s first amphibious tricycle

Jun 09, 2015 - 9:51 PM

Will this prove useful in disaster prone Philippines?

Germanwings cockpit lock, solar energy, young innovators | SciTech4u

Apr 02, 2015 - 12:32 PM

Technology – a double edged sword in the Germanwings crash solar energy in PH homes and groundbreaking prototypes from the De La Salle University s Innovations and Technology Fair

Building prototypes for a sustainable future

Mar 30, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Meet young Filipino innovators from the De La Salle University who dared to dream

Lessons from Japan: Rebuilding agriculture after disasters

Mar 18, 2015 - 8:00 PM

resilient livelihoods in a country as extremely affected by climate related disasters as the Philippines is possible

How El Niño could affect the Philippines in 2015

Nov 08, 2014 - 2:50 PM

Early warning is critical as it is helps the public prepare ahead for El Niño s impact

Yolanda a year after: More than 300 classrooms built

Nov 05, 2014 - 8:59 PM

Thousands of classrooms are not yet completely built but DepEd says it is on track in its efforts since it is building classrooms that can withstand intense earthquakes and strong winds

RUINS. The inside view of what was once a high school classroom in Hernani, Eastern Samar. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

The problem with Filipino resilience

Oct 30, 2014 - 8:06 AM

The problem with our resilience is the speed by which we transform trauma into acceptance Instead of solving problems we simply cope or wait for the problem to pass

Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo win award for sustainable city planning

Oct 16, 2014 - 3:58 PM

All 15 city entries featured wide sidewalks renewable energy disaster resilient designs and green architecture

Globe, WeatherPhilippines partner for disaster resilient LGUs

Sep 25, 2014 - 4:32 PM

Localized and real time weather updates will be provided to help the public prepare for disasters

Building resiliency together

Sep 03, 2014 - 8:15 PM

Resilience stems from adversity whether natural or man made where communities learned to manage what nature provides or does not provide

ON RESILIENCY. Former East Timor President Dr Jose Horta delivers his keynote address during the Asian Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility. Photo from AFCSR

World Bank VP: Yolanda experience a symbol to the world

May 22, 2014 - 8:34 PM

Climate change expert Rachel Kyte gives 5 key areas of concern where government the private sector and civil society action is needed to lessen the impact of climate change

FOR RESILIENCY. World Bank vice president Rachel Kyte suggests methods the Philippines can adapt to mitigate climate change. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

Disaster-resilient homes: Archi-design competition finalists announced

May 14, 2014 - 6:00 PM

The winning design will be used by Habitat for Humanity Philippines in the construction of new houses in Yolanda hit areas

#AfterYolanda: The needs of disaster recovery

Apr 08, 2014 - 7:16 PM

Five long months have passed since Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan hit the Visayas and problems such as missing aid misinformation and distrust in government still affect the quality of recovery efforts

PLANS. LGUs need to come together and evaluate Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) recovery plans before implementation. Photo by Gen Cruz

LIVE BLOG: Civil society summit on disaster risk reduction

Mar 26, 2014 - 12:51 PM

What should the government and civil society do to prevent another disaster like typhoon Yolanda?

Pasig City: Bonding communities key to disaster mitigation

Mar 11, 2014 - 1:39 PM

Learning from past disasters Pasig City creates a system where its communities help each another in times of crisis

ONE COMMUNITY. Pasig City conducts a tabletop simulation for disaster preparedness. All images by Gen Cruz/ Rappler

Obama proposes $1-B climate protection fund

Feb 15, 2014 - 12:25 PM

The fund is intended to finance research into better understanding of projected impacts of climate change

NEW TECH. US President Barack Obama includes in the budget funding for new technologies to help communities prepare for a changing climate. File photo by EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOL

Building “storm-resilient” shelters

Dec 28, 2013 - 4:34 PM

Two months after Typhoon Yolanda shelter remains the biggest challenge for the Philippine government and aid agencies

Want to design resilient schools? Enroll online

Dec 27, 2013 - 4:12 PM

An international jury will select the best designs that could be implemented by DepEd

DAMAGED. The gate of Eastern Samar State University survives. File photo by BJ Geronimo

A post-Yolanda citizenship education

Dec 16, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Citizenship education across the life span is conceptualized beyond political literacy but also for disaster adaptation

Climate change resilience starts in the village

Jul 27, 2013 - 2:55 PM

If greater resilience is built more lives are saved