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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

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

Martial law in Mindanao, PDEA’s war on drugs, NBA updates | Evening wRap

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.

War on drugs, martial law in Mindanao, Reuters journalists | Evening wRap

Dec 27, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Bea Cupin

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

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.

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

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

#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

Partnerships to Move the Philippines forward

Dec 29, 2016 - 12:28 PM

We celebrate the partners and friends we’ve made this year and the innovative social media advocacy campaigns we’ve conducted together with them

Typhoon Nina: Almost 4,000 stranded at Bicol ports

Dec 24, 2016 - 4:37 PM

The 3 641 passengers and 407 rolling cargos are bound for the Visayas and Mindanao as well as the provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate

Bicolano fishermen rescued off Eastern Samar coast after 2 weeks

Oct 25, 2016 - 8:17 PM

Rene Del Valle Zaldy de Jesus and Luis Tupig drift out to sea during Typhoon Karen

SURVIVORS. Catanduanes fishermen Rene Del Valle, Zaldy de Jesus, and Luis Tupig survived their 14-day ordeal in the middle of sea. Photo by Cora Basada

Regional officials: Lawin left 15 dead in Cordillera

Oct 24, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Kalinga Apayao and Mountain Province are all under a state of calamity due to Super Typhoon Lawin Haima

AFTERMATH. Some barangays in Pinukpuk, Kalinga became inaccessible due to Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima), according to Kalinga Vice Governor James Edduba. Photo from Edduba's Facebook page

Over 1,000 passengers stranded in Bicol seaports

Oct 14, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara has enforced the no sailing policy on all fishermen while coastal villages in the eastern seaboard of the province have been alerted to avoid possible storm surges due to Tropical Storm Karen

Image courtesy of PAGASA

Join the 3rd quarter #Pagyanig challenge on Sept 28

Sep 26, 2016 - 2:53 PM

The public is invited to join the Pagyanig Challenge and show how we can all be prepared for the Big One

Typhoon Ferdie: Batanes under state of calamity

Sep 16, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The province does not have power and communication lines are cut in the towns of Basco Itbayat and Mahatao

Photo by Aeron Mayor

Western Visayas shares disaster communication tips for LGUs

Jul 08, 2016 - 6:08 PM

At the ICT Bayanihan Summit held in Iloilo City on Thursday July 7 local agencies share good practices and challenges in the use of information communication technology during disasters

PREPAREDNESS. Local government responders and uniformed personnel participate in a 2-day conference on ICT for DRRM organized by the Office of Civil Defense. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

NDRRMC warns against floods, landslides in #ButchoyPH areas

Jul 07, 2016 - 2:32 AM

Local disaster councils are tasked to be on heightened readiness

New NDRRMC chief: Disaster preparedness everybody's responsibility

Jul 01, 2016 - 8:19 PM

NDRRMC executive director Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad s first day in office coincides with first day of the National Disaster Consciousness Month

BRP Tarlac: Hindi lang pang-giyera, pang disaster pa

Jul 01, 2016 - 3:50 PM

The BRP Tarlac is the country s newest and largest military sea vessel and the current pride of the Navy

UNPARALLELED. The BRP Tarlac is the country's current biggest and newest ship (file photo). Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Pama's advice to next NDRRMC chief? 'Coordination, teamwork'

Jun 29, 2016 - 6:46 PM

Alexander Pama the outgoing executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says saving a lot of lives is his proudest legacy

DRRM IN PH. Alexander Pama talks to Rappler about his achievements and the challenges he faced as the country's disaster management chief. Screenshot from Rappler

Alexander Pama: Learning lessons from managing disasters

Jun 29, 2016 - 1:57 PM

Undersecretary Alexander Pama talks to Maria Ressa on the lessons he has learned in managing disasters and the challenges that still lie ahead

NDRRMC to LGUs: Don't take low pressure area lightly

Jun 25, 2016 - 7:45 PM

A low pressure area LPA east of Surigao City might bring floods and landslides to parts of the country

Parañaque firemen educate students on disasters during #MMShakeDrill

Jun 22, 2016 - 9:35 PM

Fire fighters from Barangay Don Galo in Parañaque say the Metro Manila Shake Drill was a good opportunity to raise students’ awareness on disasters so they won t be shocked in case an earthquake actually strikes

Evaluators score Cagayan Valley quake drill participants ‘not ready’

Jun 22, 2016 - 9:08 PM

Evaluators from the Bureau of Fire Protection say the participants did not take the earthquake drill seriously

UNPREPARED. Evaluators say participants of the national simultaneous earthquake drill in Cagayan Valley are not ready. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

NDRRMC, MMDA: 2016 #Pagyanig, #MMShakeDrill more organized, widespread

Jun 22, 2016 - 6:47 PM

Disaster managers say that the drill shows heightened public awareness and enhanced capacity to respond if a major earthquake strikes

COVER. Government employees evacuated at the Grandstand in Camp Aguinaldo. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Businesses to join #MMShakeDrill on June 22

Jun 20, 2016 - 6:59 PM

Unilever Walter Mart and Yokogawa Philippines are some of the big companies that are doing their part to help build a culture of preparedness

One of the scenario from the earthquake drill is to airlift a casualty via Philippine Army's Helicopter Ambulance. Photo by Rico Ibarra

#Pagyanig: Gov't gears up for 2nd nationwide quake drill on June 22

May 30, 2016 - 2:24 PM

The government encourages local governments to participate in the 2nd quarter national earthquake drill on June 22 2016

Image by Raffy De Guzman / Rappler

FAQs: What's the #MMShakeDrill and how can you participate?

May 27, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Learn more about the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill day on June 22 2016 and what will happen in Metro Manila on that day

Image by Raffy De Guzman / Rappler