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Young survivors capture life in Tacloban 5 years after Yolanda

Nov 10, 2018 - 5:18 PM

Five years after Super Typhoon Yolanda, we can see stories of recovery through the lens of survivors

MY PLAYMATE. Kim Froilan, 8, trying to catch fish for her family. 6 small fishes were already caught when the photo was taken. Photo by Jhonalyn Dela Rosa

The week in photos: November 3-9, 2018

Nov 10, 2018 - 4:27 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VICTORY PARADE. Russian cadets march during a military parade at Red Square in Moscow on November 7, 2018, to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the 1941 historical parade when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War II. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Don't use sky lanterns during Yolanda commemoration – Greenpeace

Nov 08, 2018 - 11:17 PM

To remember Yolanda with environmental hazards like sky lanterns is 'an act of mindlessness towards nature,' say the Eco Warriors

Philippines marks 5 years since Super Typhoon Yolanda

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:48 PM

In Tacloban, the worst-hit city, residents paint gravestones, lay flowers, and light candles at a cemetery in memory of the typhoon dead

REMEMBER. A woman lights a candle at the grave of a relative at a mass grave for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Leyte on November 7, 2018. AFP photo

[OPINION] Yolanda survivors have not forgotten

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Some may have forgotten the monstrous Yolanda, the failure of the government, and the unscrupulous corruption of public officials. But we have not.

Background photo from Agence France-Presse

[OPINION] Remembering Yolanda

Nov 08, 2018 - 2:00 PM

On the 5th anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda, we remember the countless people whose lives were changed forever

THE AFTERMATH. Plastics, debris and wood are scattered along Cancabato Bay in Tacloban city. Photo courtesy of Architect Lou Daniel C. Fuentebella

5 years after Yolanda, 23% of houses for survivors occupied

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:28 AM

Almost half of the 205,128 permanent housing units needed in Yolanda-stricken areas have been built, says Malacañang

The House Committee on Housing visits the NHA housing complex for Yolanda Victims in Hernani, Eastern Samar. Photos courtesy of the House committee on housing and urban development

IN PHOTOS: Tacloban 5 years after Typhoon Yolanda

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:00 AM

For those who survived the storm, the intervening years have been filled with painful steps forward, but also, a determination to not give up despite overwhelming challenges

HALF A DECADE AGO. Survivors stand under a shelter surrounded by pile of debris washed inland after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck Tacloban City on November 10, 2013. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

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

Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior arrives in Tacloban

Feb 28, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Yolanda survivor Joana Sustento says the arrival of Rainbow Warrior to her city will give Yolanda survivors a chance to share their stories to the world and help in the fight against climate change

RAINBOW WARRIOR. The Greenpeace ship arrives in Tacloban City on February 28, 2018, as part of its Southeast Asian tour. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior visits Manila

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'The message of the Rainbow Warrior's visit here in the Philippines is to highlight the issue of climate justice,' says Naderev Saño, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia

RAINBOW WARRIOR. Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior joins Philippines communities in their call for climate justice. All photos by Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

NDRRMC probes high death toll from tropical storm Vinta

Dec 25, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Tropical storm Vinta kills at least 200. It's an unusually high number that has not been seen since the calamitous Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), when the government doubled down on disaster preparedness.

FLASH FLOODS. Flash floods and landslides kill at least 18 in the town of Sibuco in Zamboanga Del Norte. Photo from the AFP Western Mindanao Command

PH's lessons from disasters: #ZeroCasualty possible through social action

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:04 PM

This speech, delivered in November at the 2017 World Bosai Forum in Japan, is made timely by the rising death toll from Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin)

WORLD BOSAI FORUM. MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz delivers a speech at the World Bosai Forum/International Disaster and Risk Conference held in Sendai, Japan from November 25 to 28, 2017. Photo courtesy of Kahoku Shimpo Publishing Co.

From Yolanda to Marawi: What gov't must consider in rehabilitation

Nov 29, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Environmental planners discuss what went wrong in the post-Yolanda rehabilitation which can be avoided in the rebuilding of war-torn Marawi City

Super Typhoon Yolanda survivors look back 4 years later

Nov 08, 2017 - 9:20 PM

On the 4th anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), survivors remember what they went through and how it changed them

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 8, 2017

Nov 08, 2017 - 12:46 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

APPEAL DENIED. The Ombudsman denies the appeal of former president Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III in connection to graft charges over the Mamasapano operations. Malacanang file photo

Malacañang calls for unity, strength 4 years after Yolanda

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:48 AM

The government says it continues to learn lessons from the tragedy as it works to fast-track rehabilitation of Yolanda-affected areas

Super Typhoon Yolanda: Malacañang declares holiday on Nov 8 for Tacloban

Nov 08, 2017 - 9:37 AM

The non-working holiday is to allow Tacloban residents to commemorate Super Typhoon Yolanda after 4 years

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Help for the helpers: Mental health support for Yolanda's first responders

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:08 AM

In the clamor for mental health support during natural calamities, most of the attention is focused on the victims, but those who provide relief response also need help

Techie aid workers to share lessons from Yolanda

Nov 07, 2017 - 10:18 PM

A book that honors Filipino aid workers who pioneered technological innovations in disaster response in the aftermath of Yolanda will be launched on November 9 at De La Salle University

NHA: Contractor behind 'substandard' housing can't bid for Yolanda projects

Nov 07, 2017 - 2:30 PM

JC Tayag Builders is accused of constructing substandard houses for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

Only 13% of homes allotted for Yolanda survivors are occupied – NHA

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Out of 78,291 houses completed, only 26,256 are occupied; the NHA still needs to build around 119,000 homes to reach its target

WRATH. Destruction caused by the destructive supertyphoon Yolanda. File photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 7, 2017

Nov 07, 2017 - 8:29 AM

Hi! Here's a roundup of the news you need to know this Tuesday.

Malacañang on 4th Yolanda anniversary: Rehab delays unacceptable

Nov 06, 2017 - 10:09 PM

President Duterte also promises those responsible for 'subhuman housing' will be prosecuted, says his spokesman

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte huddles with Mayor Cristina Romualdez, Leyte Governor Leopoldo Petilla, Vice-President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary Maria Leonor Robredo, and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. after the wreath-laying and candle-lighting ceremony during the 3rd year commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City on November 8. Photo by Exequiel Supera/Presidential Photo

4 years after Yolanda, trauma still haunts typhoon victims

Nov 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Victims of natural disasters are vulnerable to trauma, as well as mental problems such as stress disorders, depression and general anxiety

AFTERMATH. A woman picks up what's left of her belongings in the rubble after the floodwaters subsided in Eastern Samar. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Ombudsman fines ex-Daanbantayan mayor over Yolanda aid distribution

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Former Daanbantayan, Cebu mayor Augusto Corro initially disqualified residents of a 'no-build zone' from receiving financial aid, but it is later found that their area is not considered a danger zone

YOLANDA FUNDS. The Office of the Ombudsman finds a former mayor of Cebu guilty of simple neglect of duty for unclear guidelines in the qualifications for a financial assistance. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel members eye cases vs Yolanda rehab contractor

Sep 26, 2017 - 2:20 PM

The House panel will invite former officials of the National Housing Authority to explain what happened in the province of Eastern Samar

SLOW, SUBPAR WORK. The House Committee on Housing visits the NHA housing complex for Yolanda Victims in Eastern Samar. Photos courtesy of the House committee on housing and urban development

Lawmakers told: Substandard materials used in post-Yolanda housing

Sep 06, 2017 - 12:45 PM

A House committee looks into the progress – or lack thereof – of housing projects for Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan survivors

SLOW PACE. Legislators visit a post-Yolanda housing site in Hernani, Eastern Samar. Photo courtesy of the House committee on housing and urban development

The Philippines’ top 10 Twitter hashtags in the last 10 years

Aug 23, 2017 - 6:00 PM

From love teams to current events these are the hashtags that connected Filipinos online in the past decade

Duterte creates task force to speed up Yolanda rehab

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The task force headed by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr is designed to improve coordination between government agencies implementing Yolanda projects

Making maps useful for addressing disasters and climate change

Aug 02, 2017 - 6:37 PM

In a time when people are increasingly exposed to the factors of disaster and climate change I believe that usable maps can help people make a difference

UNDERSTANDING MAPS. This is a screenshot of the maps on landslide and flood susceptibility from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (Mines and Geosciences Bureau). The maps are in jpeg format, and require considerable work for reuse.

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

FAST FACTS: Leyte and natural disasters

Jul 07, 2017 - 6:42 PM

Leyte province has had its share of natural disasters over the years

Billboard suitor Xian Gaza: CEO or scammer?

Jul 07, 2017 - 10:01 AM

Erich Gonzales billboard suitor says he is the CEO of the mysterious Guanxiqian Group

YOUNG CEO. Gaza has a long history of business ventures, which have been questioned by several parties calling him a scammer. Screengrab from Instagram.com/xiangaza

How the Duterte administration is fast-tracking Yolanda recovery

Jun 25, 2017 - 10:00 AM

President Duterte has criticized the past government for the slow rehab of Eastern Visayas What happens when he tells agencies he is getting impatient?

FAST-TRACKED. President Rodrigo Duterte said he wanted Yolanda relief efforts to be finished by the end of 2017.

Yolanda Museum to rise in Tacloban 4 years after deadly typhoon

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:23 PM

Part of the Tacloban Astrodome which provided refuge to residents during the onslaught of Haiyan in 2013 will be turned into a museum in Leyte s capital

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

College students affected by Yolanda to get P5,000-educational aid

Jun 20, 2017 - 4:58 PM

More than 100 000 students stand to benefit from the program funded by the 2016 budget of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund

3 challenges Año will face as DILG chief

May 11, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The military general will oversee Yolanda recovery efforts the community based war on drugs and the campaign for federalism among local governments

DILG CHIEF. Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Eduardo Año was appointed unceremoniously by President Rodrigo Duterte right before he left for Cambodia.

WATCH: Duterte commissions Red Cross humanitarian ship

May 10, 2017 - 6:38 AM

M V Amazing Grace can complement government forces in providing immediate relief assistance during emergency and crisis situations says President Rodrigo Duterte

M/V AMAZING GRACE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Senator Richard Gordon for a tour on the M/V Amazing Grace during its launching at the Philippine Navy Headquarters in Manila on May 9, 2017. Malacañang photo

Balikatan brings school buildings, hope to remote Leyte villages

May 09, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Barangays Margen and Don Carlos Revilla in Ormoc City are the latest recipients of new classrooms built under this year s PH US military exercises

NEW CLASSROOMS. US soldiers build classrooms in a remote village in Ormoc City, Leyte, as part of the 2017 Balikatan Humanitarian Program. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

Philippine Red Cross raises P37-M as it celebrates its 70th anniversary

Apr 27, 2017 - 2:04 PM

On May 13 the humanitarian group will stage the 4th Million Volunteer Run across the country completing its extensive network of one million volunteers

THANK YOU. PRC Chairman Richard Gordon (r) and Sec. Gen. Oscar Palabyab (l) are flanked by volunteers from the Philippine Red Cross. Photo credit: PRC

Cave developed as evacuation site in Samar

Apr 20, 2017 - 2:27 PM

Local officials with the help of non governmental organizations turn Marabut town s biggest cave into an emergency shelter in times of disaster

EVACUATION SITE. Sabang Cave can accommodate more than one thousand people. All photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Leyte tells the world to #BreakFree from fossil fuels

Mar 26, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Break Free 2017 a series of peaceful community mobilizations across the Philippines contributing to global actions against fossil fuels culminate in Yolanda hit Leyte

CLEAN ENERGY. Greenpeace activists unfurl a giant banner bearing the words "#BreakFree from fossil fuels" at the iconic San Juanico bridge as a team of cyclists overhead and a team of rowers below led this culminating activity for the week-long Leyte leg of Break Free 2017. All photos from Greenpeace

Samar island town trains residents on disaster preparedness

Mar 25, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Learning from its experience during Super Typhoon Yolanda the town of Sto Nino now wants its residents prepared for the next big disaster

RESILIENCY. Sto Nino, Samar equips its coastal villages with tools that improve disaster preparedness and response. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/ Rappler

Duterte: 200,000 Yolanda victims to get free housing

Feb 08, 2017 - 7:59 PM

The decision to award free housing to 205 000 beneficiaries is reached in a National Housing Authority board meeting chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte

HOUSING PROGRAMS. President Rodrigo Duterte is assisted by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evaso, Jr. and Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez in awarding housing grants and various livelihood assistance programs to the Typhoon Yolanda-stricken communities in Tacloban City on January 25, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

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

WATCH: Pia Wurtzbach brings hope to Yolanda-hit Tagbanua community

Jan 21, 2017 - 7:29 PM

We need to continue working to make sure our communities are resilient the reigning Miss Universe tells an indigenous community in Palawan

ROLE MODEL. Tagbanua kids from Barangay Malawig give Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach a warm welcome. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

How Tagbanua communities in Coron recovered from Yolanda

Jan 20, 2017 - 9:01 PM

They have an indigenous structure that is more resilient to typhoons compared to the models that were introduced by other agencies an NGO says

RISK ASSESSMENT. Tagbanua residents map hazards in their community after super typhoon Yolanda with the help of CordAid and Samdhana Institute. Photo courtesy of Samdhana Institute

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

Bambuhay: How bamboo weaving helped jumpstart a community's recovery from Yolanda

Dec 25, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Super Typhoon Yolanda destroyed the bamboo used by traditional weavers in Busuanga Caritas Philippines launches a livelihood program to revive the local bamboo weaving industry