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LGUs must plan early to juggle pandemic response with typhoons – expert

May 23, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Typhoon season could complicate the coronavirus crisis – with evacuation centers used as quarantine facilities and calamity funds spent. We need to plan now before it's too late, says an expert.

FLOOD. Typhoon Ambo floods Las Navas town in Northern Samar. Photo from Teacher FA Abuque and Northern Samar Provincial Information Office

What LGUs can do to prepare for disasters amid coronavirus outbreak

May 22, 2020 - 3:27 PM

Here are some ways that local governments can prepare for disasters during the coronavirus outbreak

Rappler Talk: Mahar Lagmay on dealing with typhoons amid COVID-19 pandemic

May 22, 2020 - 10:13 AM

The disaster response expert talks about how government should prepare for typhoon season amid coronavirus lockdowns

DENR reminds Cebu LGUs to check hazard maps for landslide prone areas

Mar 11, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Over 250 barangays in Cebu province are in landslide prone areas. The geosciences bureau reminds LGUs to prepare for the rainy season.

RESCUE OPS. File photo by Cebu Provincial Governement

DILG orders LGUs to craft plans for the 'Big One' in 90 days

Feb 26, 2020 - 6:52 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says local officials that fail to do so may face administrative, even criminal cases

Why fact checking is important during times of disasters, epidemics

Feb 13, 2020 - 3:32 PM

Spreading unverified information, especially exaggerated claims and warnings, only causes unnecessary panic and harm

Vico Sotto signs Pasig's disaster response deal with Cagayan Valley

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Pasig is the first city in Metro Manila to sign a disaster response agreement with its designated partner region. If the 'Big One' strikes, Cagayan Valley will come to Pasig City's aid.

PARTNER RESPONDERS. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto signs a memorandum of understanding with Cagayan Valley Region Office of Civil Defense Director Dante Balao, that the region's disaster response teams will come to the city's aid in case of "the big one" earthquake of the Marikina Valley Fault. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

What other LGUs can learn from Albay's Mayon response plan

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:51 PM

The association of disaster responders from the towns and cities of Albay province has come up with a list of local governments' daily priorities for 4 months following a volcanic eruption

Sacrifice tech, not people, to solve problems

Jan 16, 2020 - 8:20 PM

Technology should be the first responder, and sometimes the sacrificial part, that provides society with the means to get through disasters with as few casualties as possible

[OPINYON] Trahedya dahil sa isang terminong hindi nauunawaan ng lahat

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Hindi namimili ang salitang 'trahedya,' at hindi rin dapat namimili ang salitang 'kaligtasan'

Calabarzon residents have no management plan for volcanic eruptions – survey

Jan 15, 2020 - 9:00 AM

On a national average, 99.80% of households surveyed across the Philippines also have no disaster management plan specific for volcanic eruption

Photo courtesy of the Philippine Air Force

[OPINION] Planning and preparation: Unglamorous, yet most critical, in disasters

Jan 14, 2020 - 1:21 PM

'The continued presence of residents right on the active volcano over the years is the most illustrative manifestation of the state of our disaster preparedness as far as Taal is concerned'

Labor Code allows private sector to suspend work during calamity – DOLE

Jan 13, 2020 - 2:20 PM

The Labor Code also says that employees who choose not to work in times of disaster should not be sanctioned

SUSPEND WORK. Residents in Talisay, Batangas wait to be evacuated on January 13, 2020, following the eruption of Taal Volcano. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Call for Agos volunteers: Help gather Taal Volcano information

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:57 AM

MovePH is looking for Agos volunteers who will help gather and verify critical information in times of disaster

IN PHOTOS: The 4th nationwide earthquake drill of 2019

Nov 14, 2019 - 6:52 PM

The 4th National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill aims to evaluate the effectiveness of local governments' contingency plans and protocols in relation to earthquake scenarios and other similar events

Establishments around T. M. Kalaw Avenue in Manila participate in the 2019 4th Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on Thursday, November 14. Photo by Ben Nabong

Will engineers, architects go on ‘earthquake mission’ to assess structures?

Nov 12, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum advocates that engineers and architects conduct an audit of houses for free to assess if they have sustained damage from earthquakes

COLLAPSED. The window of a house in Barangay Ilomavis in Cotabato collapsed, along with some part of the wall, because of the strong earthquake. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

AIM, ASSIST to host 2019 International Disaster Conference

Nov 11, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Leaders, experts, policy makers, and practitioners in Asia will gather in the Philippines to discuss the global risks of disasters associated with water

NDRRMC's Jalad says one department for disasters can be 'overwhelming'

Nov 11, 2019 - 3:45 PM

'The department cannot be the implementing agency of all interventions for rehabilitation,' NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad tells senators

LUKEWARM. NDRRM Executive Director Ricardo Jalad attends the first Senate hearing on the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Ormoc City kicks off 3rd nationwide earthquake drill for 2019

Aug 08, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The 3rd quarter NSED in Ormoc City simulates the impact of a magnitude 7.2 earthquake

PREPARED. The Abuyog Community College in Leyte participates in the 3rd quarter nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill headed by the Abuyog MDRRMO at the ACC ground on Thursday, August 8. Photo by Jessica Alvero/ Rappler

MMDA chair says #MMShakeDrill 2019 shows 'effective' response to disaster

Jul 27, 2019 - 1:27 PM

'I'm confident that with this kind of equipment, training and people, we would be very able to respond effectively,' says MMDA chief Danilo Lim

MMDA Chairman Danny Lim leads the 5th Metro Manila Shake Drill held at MMDA Headquarter in Guadalupe on 27 July 2019. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: MMDA conducts 2019 #MMShakeDrill in the dark

Jul 27, 2019 - 11:48 AM

Earthquake drill participants deal with the challenge of simulating rescue and response in the dark and at a time when most people are still asleep

Rescue personnel respond and apply first aid to mock victims at the various scenario in case "the Big One" strikes Metro Manila during the 5th Metro Manila Shake Drill in Pasig City on Saturday, July 27. Photo by Ben Nabong

Phivolcs unveils app that maps out hazards in the Philippines

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:21 PM

HazardHunterPH gives a summary of hazards in the user's chosen location, along with an explanation and recommendation to help people better understand the findings

DEMO. People check out a demonstration of HazardHunterPH in its launch on Tuesday, July 16. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

#MMShakeDrill 2019 set for early hours of July 27

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:16 PM

The annual earthquake drill will start as early as 4 am 'when most Metro Manila residents are at home and asleep' to test the response capabilities and preparedness of local government units and the private sector

COVER. Quezon City Hall employees join the 4th Nationwide "Shake Drill" on Thursday, July 19, 2018, during National Disaster Resilience Month. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Research group urges more accessible earthquake information to Filipinos

May 03, 2019 - 3:21 PM

A survey from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative shows that Filipinos, especially the less educated ones, are hardly prepared for an earthquake

Should people who refuse to evacuate be arrested? Dela Rosa, Tañada face off

Apr 27, 2019 - 6:56 PM

The two are responding to a question on how the country can further reduce risk and improve response to natural disasters

Advocates call for women empowerment in disaster response

Apr 14, 2019 - 9:10 PM

In the 1st National Womenitarian Summit, advocates emphasize how communities thrive when women are empowered to actively participate in decision-making

EMPOWERED. Women-led organizations and human rights actors together with Senator Risa Hontiveros (7-R) call for empowerment of women leadership during disasters in the 1st National Womenitarian Summit in Diliman, Quezon City, on April 11, 2019. Photo by Isabel Lupac/Rappler

Groups combine weather forecast, digital finance to save lives

Mar 28, 2019 - 10:08 AM

PRESS RELEASE: 'B-Ready' paves the way for the immediate and safe delivery of cash to households prior to a disaster

Representatives from Oxfam in the Philippines, People’s Disaster Risk Reduction Network, PLAN International, and the Local Government of Salcedo Municipality sign the memorandum of agreement for the two-year project called "B-Ready." Photo courtesy by April Bulanadi

We need laws on quick rehabilitation from disasters – Bam Aquino

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The senatorial candidate says Congress should now focus on laws that help communities get back on their feet after calamities

Despite experience with typhoons, most Filipinos 'not prepared for disasters'

Feb 10, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Lack of money is the main barrier preventing people from preparing for disasters, according to a study by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Jansen Romero/Rappler

WATCH: What can you do to prepare for disasters?

Dec 20, 2018 - 1:57 PM

There are little things you can do to prepare for disasters in the hazard-prone country that is the Philippines

Why Philippines and Indonesia are prone to natural hazards

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Just like Indonesia, the Philippines has a big earthquake looming in its future. This raises an important question: what makes the Philippines and Indonesia prone to natural hazards?

Are Filipino communities prepared for a tsunami?

Oct 14, 2018 - 9:04 AM

In the event of a disaster, communities should 'act as one,' says Ishmael Narag of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology

TSUNAMI. Are PH's coastal communities prepared for a tsunami scenario?

How are PH tsunami warning systems maintained?

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:30 AM

To many, what took place in Indonesia serves as a reminder for the Philippines to ensure that preparations for such disasters are continuously being implemented and improved

Marikina City: Lessons on disaster preparedness

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

In Marikina, resiliency is defined as a partnership between the city government and the community. Check out how this is done in Markina City.

PREPARED. Marikina City shares its best practices on disaster preparedness.

The Barangay Amguid story: Strong disaster, stronger community

Sep 30, 2018 - 10:22 AM

Residents of Barangay Amguid in Candon, Ilocos Sur, move in unison when they are asked to evacuate following a landslide caused by monsoon rains

LANDSLIDE. Zone 1 and 2 of Barangay Amguid in Ilocos Sur are now declared geological hazard and no longer inhabitable. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Volunteer for Agos today

Sep 12, 2018 - 4:02 PM

MovePH is looking for Agos volunteers who will help gather critical information in times of disasters

DSWD prepares P829 million in aid for Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 11, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Some P872 million in standby funds are also available

#ResilientPH: Lessons on disaster preparedness

Aug 22, 2018 - 1:58 PM

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

How Malabon City uses tech and bayanihan to combat disasters

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:03 PM

Malabon City is banking on volunteerism and modern technology to respond to calamities

Arroyo to create House disaster management committee

Jul 31, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo says the new House panel aims to create the Department of Disaster Management, a priority of President Rodrigo Duterte

DISASTER RELIEF PLANS. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is flanked by Representatives Cheryl Montalla and Geraldine Roman during their briefing with the NDRRMC on July 31, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

CHECKLIST: What cities and municipalities should prepare for an earthquake

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Every city and municipality should be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed when dealing with earthquakes and other major disasters

How NDRRMC issues its emergency mobile warnings

Jul 24, 2018 - 11:15 PM

(UPDATED) Ever wondered why you get multiple alerts in a day or why they're sometimes delayed? Here's why.

#MMShakeDrill 2018 still 'far from perfect' – MMDA officials

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:53 PM

The fourth #MMShakeDrill ends with an 85/100 rating from MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia and with many lessons learned for improvement

MMDA employees line up by quadrants outside the MMDA building. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

MMDA's #MMShakeDrill: How everything worked

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:10 PM

With such a herculean task of keeping the drill under wraps, how did the #MMShakeDrill fare in pulling off its grand surprise?

Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection-Special Rescue Unit (BFP-SRU) search for mock victims while a nurse apply first aid to others inside the Manila City Hall as they participate in the Metro Manila Shake Drill on July 19, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Metro Manila prepares for the ‘Big One’

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:19 PM

The MMDA's earthquake drill to prepare for 'The Big One' occurs at 1pm, one hour after a text blast is sent to get people ready for the exercise

Quezon City Hall employees join the 4th Nationwide "Shake Drill" on Thursday, July 19, 2018, during the National Disaster Resilience Month with the Theme " Katatagan sa Kalamidad ay Makamtan Kapag Sapat ang Kaalaman sa Kahandaan" The shake drill was conducted in surprise to make it truthfully. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Jolted netizens liken #MMShakeDrill phone alarm to 'The Purge' siren

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:11 PM

(UPDATED) 'Do not panic? Eh mas nagpanic pa ako doon sa alarm sound, muntik ko pa itapon phone ko,' says one irate netizen

Empowering seniors in disaster risk reduction and management

Jul 16, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Program proves senior citizens deserve bigger roles in preparing for disasters

CHECKLIST: What barangays should prepare for an earthquake

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:02 AM

If a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits your local community, is it ready for the worst-case scenario?

Here's how to build your own emergency kit

Jul 13, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Do you have enough supplies to last if a disaster strikes?

CHECKLIST: What should households prepare for an earthquake

Jul 07, 2018 - 9:08 AM

How are your families preparing for a major disaster?