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UN ready to provide humanitarian assistance to Vinta-hit Mindanao

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Nearly 140,000 Vinta victims are expected to welcome the new year homeless

RAPID ASSESSMENT. Humanitarian workers from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, conduct rapid assessments in Lanao del Sur towns that were hit by Severe Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin).  Photos by J. Pangalian/UNHCR

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

DSWD activates national disaster response operation for Urduja

Dec 15, 2017 - 6:19 PM

According to DSWD officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco, the response cluster will provide emergency response and humanitarian assistance to affected areas

EVACUEES. Children play in an evacuation center in Eastern Samar, where Tropical Storm Urduja is expected to make land fall on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

A Filipino humanitarian's #GiftofHope to the Rohingya, other refugees

Dec 10, 2017 - 4:02 PM

'The good thing is Filipinos are resilient. We learn from every mistake, we convert threats to opportunities, and we are able to still give when we ourselves have outstanding needs. Those are our traits.'

REFUGEES. More than 620,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh within 100 days since the renewed outbreak of violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state. Photo by Roger Arnold/UNHCR

European Commission gives P49-M aid for Marawi evacuees

Jul 04, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The humanitarian aid will directly benefit over 50 000 people affected by the Marawi siege

MARAWI EVACUEES. A family from Marawi City takes shelter in an evacuation center in Balo-i on May 29, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/Rappler

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.

How a father fled Marawi to save kids, wife in labor

May 27, 2017 - 8:08 PM

Through social media Agos Tabang Sibilyan and government help a father brings his wife to a hospital in Iligan City where she gives birth to a healthy baby boy

Q and A: U.S. general on the continuing relevance of Balikatan

May 20, 2017 - 8:30 AM

US Joint Task Force commander Brigadier General John Jansen says the level of sophistication in the shared understanding of doctrine and war fighting necessitates that the Philippine and US militaries up their cooperation game

Brigadier General John Jansen

WATCH: Balikatan 2017 comes to an end

May 19, 2017 - 5:11 PM

The Balikatan exercises almost didn t happen after President Duterte threatened to cancel it but he was convinced to allow it

U.S. brings Osprey, Black Hawk choppers to Aurora

May 15, 2017 - 9:33 AM

Balikatan 2017 simulates how the Philippine and US militaries will jointly respond to the aftermath of a super typhoon in the Philippines

US OSPREY. Philippine and US troops are simulating how they will respond will a supertyphoon hits the Philippines. All photos by Bea Cupin/Rappler

1st PH-US Balikatan exercises under Duterte open

May 08, 2017 - 7:43 AM

UPDATED The annual activity adjusts to President Rodrigo Duterte s orders: Balikatan 2017 exercises will not focus on external defense or maritime security

BALIKATAN CONTINUES. Philippine and US officials link arms at the opening ceremony of Balikatan Exercises 2017. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

U.S. troops arrive for first Balikatan exercises under Duterte

Apr 24, 2017 - 3:22 PM

The first Balikatan exercises under Duterte will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response and counter terrorism

WAR GAMES. US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts join force in an Amphibous Landing operation as part of the annual Balikatan Exercises at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) of the Philippine Navy in San Antonio, Zambales province on April 21. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Malaysian prince, an Army general, takes lessons from PH military

Nov 02, 2016 - 7:26 PM

The Philippine military also seeks to learn recruitment and management from the Malaysian general

US troops head to Albay for 2016 Pacific Partnership mission

Jun 24, 2016 - 7:59 PM

The Philippines is one of the mission stops of Pacific Partnership 2016 the largest humanitarian and disaster response preparation mission in the Indo Asia Pacific

PARTNERSHIP. Lieutenant Commander Kris Hooper, Pacific Partnership public affairs chief, says the partnership will be beneficial to both forces. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

US 'ready to share burden' of Asian sea migrants

May 21, 2015 - 5:45 AM

More than 1 000 Rohingya have already been re settled in the United States since October 2014

‘THE WORLD WILL JUDGE.’ Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants are seen in a truck as they arrive at a naval base before being transferred to Kuala Kedah jetty with the navy ship 'KD Mahawangsa', in Langkawi, Malaysia, 14 May 2015. Photo by Fazry Ismail / EPA

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

UN preparing 'massive' aid operation in quake-hit Nepal

Apr 27, 2015 - 9:03 PM

The UN children s agency warns that the quake had left nearly one million youngsters in desperate need of assistance

CASUALTY. Members of a rescue team collect dead bodies from the rubble of collapsed buildings during early morning a day after a massive earthquake, in Kathmamdu, Nepal, April 26, 2015. Narendra Shrestha/EPA

Japan, PH renew vow to strengthen maritime security cooperation

Feb 01, 2015 - 4:17 PM

The two countries also aim for strengthened cooperation in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief HADR and defense equipment and technology

ALLIES: Philippines and Japan strengthen cooperation on security issues

UN appeals for $16.4B for aid work in 2015

Dec 08, 2014 - 11:37 PM

UPDATED The rising scale of need is outpacing our capacity to respond says UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos with 102 million people worldwide currently in need of aid

NDRRMC taps social media for faster #RubyResponse

Dec 06, 2014 - 7:56 PM

We urge everybody to refrain from posting unverified and unnecessary prank messages This is a serious matter We want to help our countrymen who need help says NDRRMC Chief Alexander Pama

Yolanda ruined her school, help build Teresa’s dream

Nov 08, 2014 - 11:22 PM

Third grade pupil Teresa Bardillon hopes generous people will help her and her classmates rebuild their classrooms

Lawmakers threaten to bring new PH, US military deal to SC

Apr 13, 2014 - 4:32 PM

The Philippine panel on April 11 announced it was ready to submit to Malacañang the draft of the new military agreement with the US following the conclusion of Round 8 of talks

CONSTITUTIONAL? Militant lawmakers threaten to bring the new military deal between the US and the Philippines to the Supreme Court

PH buying 2 more C130 cargo planes

Nov 25, 2013 - 3:53 PM

This will bring the total number of military cargo planes to 5 although the ideal number is 9

CARGO PLANES: Military's C130 cargo planes evacuate typhoon survivors from the Visayas. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Haiyan exposes military’s vulnerabilities

Nov 19, 2013 - 9:25 AM

On the ground while local government officials are supposed to be the first responders in many cases and in reality it is the military that fills in the gaps

Rescuers bid to reach tsunami-hit villages in Solomons

Feb 07, 2013 - 2:31 PM

UPDATED At least 6 people were confirmed dead after Wednesday s February 6 quake generated a wave that swamped coastal communities on Ndende island in the eastern Solomons

300,000 still homeless after Typhoon Bopha: IFRC

Dec 21, 2012 - 10:21 PM

IFRC said urgent humanitarian assistance is needed to help those affected by Typhoon Bopha

DFA collects P665-M in aid for typhoon victims

Dec 18, 2012 - 8:13 PM

Most of the aid comes from the Australian government

WAVE OF DESTRUCTION. The typhoon struck Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental provinces in Mindanao. Davao Oriental. Photo by Jeoffrey B. Maitem

EU pledges P160-M in aid for typhoon survivors

Dec 11, 2012 - 5:49 PM

Almost P900 million has been pledged so far by donor countries led by Australia

DESPERATION. Many typhoon survivors have not have decent food for days. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Desperate typhoon victims await aid

Dec 08, 2012 - 2:36 PM

4 days after Pablo struck Mindanao officials struggle to bring in food and relief through almost impassable roads

TRAGEDY IN MINDANAO. A resident searches for missing relatives amongst the debris, swept away by flash floods at the height Typhoon Bopha in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province on December 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE

'Pablo' survivors loot shops

Dec 08, 2012 - 11:31 AM

The food distribution took so long that citizens broke into any building left standing in search of something to eat

ANOTHER 'PABLO' TRAGEDY. Google Maps image of Cateel, Davao Oriental

Australia donates P210-M for #PabloPH survivors

Dec 07, 2012 - 10:17 AM

Close to a quarter million people have been affected by the storm are in dire need of food water clothing and other essential items

DESTITUTE. Many children are among the survivors of typhoon "Pablo" and have been left with nothing. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

UN offers to mobilize help for 'Pablo' victims

Dec 07, 2012 - 5:59 AM

The UN offers to mobilize international aid for the Philippines after typhoon Pablo devastated Mindanao

WAVE OF DESTRUCTION. This is what a Davao Oriental town looked like after typhoon "Pablo" struck. Photo from the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division's Facebook page

PH-US joint training in Zambales, Palawan

Sep 25, 2012 - 11:04 AM

Almost 4 000 Philippine and American troops will take part in military exercises in Palawan and Zambales from October 8 to 18

HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AND DISASTER RESPONSE. File photo of PHIBLEX 12