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Is your Marawi property gone? Check this aerial video

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra says many residents have given consent to demolish their homes

NO CONSENT. Residents put up banners to oppose forced demolition of their homes. Photos by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Marawi reconstruction poised to begin – finally

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Two years after the liberation of Marawi, the National Housing Authority declares its clearing operations complete and gives departments and local government units the go-signal to award construction projects inside the battle area

ONGOING WORK. Demolition and debris clearing inside Marawi’s former battle area. All photos by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Cynthia Villar wants to drastically cut Pasig River rehab body’s budget

Sep 28, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar wants the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission's budget for 2020 to be cut by half and claims that the body should not be doing relocation projects

House bill proposes creation of Boracay Island Council

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:30 PM

House Bill No. 4175, authored by Aklan Representative Teodorico Haresco Jr, says the council should be directly under the Office of the President

REHAB CONTINUES. A bill is filed at the House of Representatives for the creation of a Boracay council. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Duterte fires Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission executive director

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte does not say why he has axed Jose Antonio Goitia, but has threatened to throw him into the Pasig River

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a press conference at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2019. Malacañang Photo

6 new railways to look out for

Sep 10, 2019 - 12:45 AM

Will we see these railways completed within the lifetime of the current administration?

Huge fish from Pasig River not safe to eat

Aug 14, 2019 - 6:29 PM

It's good news that fish have started to appear in the Pasig River, but they're not good enough to eat just yet because of high coliform

Cebu’s dancing inmates featured in upcoming Netflix docu ‘Happy Jail’

Aug 10, 2019 - 7:59 PM

A new documentary by Filipino American filmmaker Michele Josue explores life inside the world-famous Cebu Detention and Rehabilitation Center

3 teens rescued from Pasig River by dredging crew

Aug 10, 2019 - 7:56 PM

River Warriors of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission save the teens, who had not expected the current to be that strong

RIVER RESCUE. River Warriors of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission prepare to rescue 3 teenagers found nearly drowning in the river. Screenshot from PRRC video

U.S. adds $4.5 million aid for Marawi war evacuees

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:19 PM

Some 50,000 people remain displaced two years since the battle between government troops and terrorists of the Maute group

MORE AID. The US government is adding P234 million ($4.5 million) in aid to thousands of people who have been displaced by the Marawi conflict since 2017. Photo from Tiffany Tsang, Catholic Relief Services, via the US Embassy in Manila

Duterte approves Boracay medium-term action plan

Jul 02, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The plan includes steps to help ecosystems recover and provide permanent housing for the Ati people

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo turns over school buildings, houses in Marawi

Jun 28, 2019 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo says her Angat Buhay program also seeks to build 100 housing units for residents displaced by the Marawi siege, within the year

Vice President Leni Robredo led the turnover of classroom buildings to three schools in Marawi City during her visit here on Friday, June 28, 2019. The classrooms were constructed for Harat Medina Central Elementary School, Mapandi Elementary School, and Bae Inomba Blo Bacarat Central Elementary School, through the generosity of Angat Buhay Partners including PhilAm Foundation, LBC Foundation, Double Dragon Properties Corp.,  Team Energy Foundation, and Jollibee Group Foundation. (Photo by OVP)

Philippines, Japan sign $202-million loan deal for Mindanao roads

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Among the roads to be reconstructed and improved are those damaged in war-torn Marawi City, where delays have plagued the rehabilitation

SIGNED. Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Japan International Cooperation Agency senior vice president Yasushi Tanaka after signing the $202.04-million loan deal in Mindanao. Photo from Department of Finance

Former ‘Darna’ Nanette Medved-Po donates classrooms to Marawi children

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:15 PM

She puts the super in superhero!

Robredo: Wrong to use Marawi rehab funds for Hajj

Jun 09, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says that while Hajj is a pillar of Islam, the government must be strict about using funds only for what they were authorized for

a Maranao woman walks passed by tents at the Sarimanok Tent City in Marawi City on the eve of Eid'l Fitr, June 4,2019. (bobby lagsa/Rappler)

Duterte to COA: Don't seek refund of Marawi rehab money spent on Hajj

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims the P5 million used for Hajj was well-spent because Marawi City evacuees would prefer making the pilgrimage over receiving government housing

Marawi siege marks 2nd year. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PRRC to speed up projects after low completion rate in 2018

Jun 04, 2019 - 9:21 AM

The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission says it will be on track to finish its projects by 2019

A man clean the Estero de Magdalena at Recto in Binondo, Manila on 30 March 2019. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will start the simultaneous clean-up of estero tommorrow March 31, 2019.  Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

Marawi residents to gov't: Unreleased donations deprive us of basic needs

Jun 03, 2019 - 7:50 PM

'It is so frustrating to learn that two years after the Marawi siege...internally displaced persons are still struggling for their everyday survival,' says Moro Consensus Group chairperson Drieza Lininding

LONG WAIT. Displaced Marawi residents continue to lack access to basic needs and donations intended for them. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

COA: Most funds for waterways rehab used in 2018, but projects unfinished

Jun 02, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission failed to anticipate problems in the implementation of projects for waterways

Aldemar Vallos, 27, collects recycleable plastic in the Pasig River in Manila on June 21, 2014. Vallos earns an average of 1 USD a day by selling the plastics to a junkshop. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

Donations to Marawi evacuees: Only P10,000 released in 2018 – COA

May 30, 2019 - 8:23 PM

State auditors also find that most of the P135.39 million cash donations for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda, which happened in 2013, remain with the OCD

RUINS. Marawi, as photographed in May 2019, has yet to recover from the destruction brought about by the terrorist siege two years earlier. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Red Cross: Two years after Marawi siege, thousands of evacuees still homeless

May 26, 2019 - 12:15 AM

'We can only do so much. The authorities still have the primary responsibility of providing sustainable solutions to help the people of Marawi,' says the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross

TWO YEARS SINCE. Affected residents of Marawi City mark the 2nd anniversary of the Marawi siege. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Frustrated Marawi evacuees still can’t go home 2 years after siege

May 23, 2019 - 8:42 AM

It is two years ago since the siege that killed more than a thousand. At least 50,000 remain displaced, and the once-bustling center of trade and commerce is still buried in rubble.

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation adopts 25 estuaries

May 21, 2019 - 5:45 PM

As part of a partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Metro Pacific unit Maynilad will also fast-track the connection of customers to its sewage system

A man clean the Estero de Magdalena at Recto in Binondo, Manila on 30 March 2019. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will start the simultaneous clean-up of estero tommorrow March 31, 2019.  Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

DENR flags 10 hotels 'gravely polluting' El Nido's Bacuit Bay

May 18, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The hotels are served cease and desist orders for discharging wastewater without valid permits

Bacuit Bay. Photo from Shutterstock

Phase 2 of Boracay road rehabilitation underway

Apr 20, 2019 - 11:21 PM

Illegal structures affected by Phase 2 of the road construction will be removed prior to full road rehabilitation, says the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group

ROAD WORKS. The second phase of the Boracay road rehabilitation has begun. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Manila Bay master plan needs reworking – environment group

Apr 05, 2019 - 5:42 PM

If reclamation projects in the Manila Bay area will push through, Kalikasan PNE estimates that 11 million families will be affected, whether directly or indirectly

Various groups hold a protest to stop the reclamation projects set to be built in different parts of the historic and biodeversity-rich Manila Bay, at Harbour square in Manila on March 27, 2019. International Ocean Conservation Group, Oceana to Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, militant fisherfolk group, PAMALAKAYA Pilipinas, Canoe Kayak dragon boat federation and the members of the Manila Yatch Club bond together for the event. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

SM Prime Holdings adopts Parañaque River, estuary

Apr 02, 2019 - 4:40 PM

SM Prime Holdings will help the government improve the water quality of the Parañaque River and Estero de Gallina to the point where they can support aquatic life

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu visits an informal settlement along Estero de Gallina in Pasay City, where some 140 families currently reside in. These families will be relocated by the government. Photo by Anna Mogato/ Rappler

Cleaner rivers, estuaries seen within 2019 – Cimatu

Apr 01, 2019 - 4:10 PM

To ensure that the waters stay garbage-free, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says they will review contracts between local government units and solid waste collectors

CLEAN-UP DRIVE. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu inspects a clogged up waterway in Barangay Tumana, Marikina City with Environment and Natural Resources Chief-of-Staff Rodolfo Garcia. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler.

'Laboracay' turns into 'Love Boracay'

Mar 31, 2019 - 10:31 AM

'Love Boracay' runs from April 26 to May 1

FAMED BEACH. Tourists trek White Beach in Boracay Island. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Michael Yang, local elections, and Manila Bay rehab

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:36 PM

The team sits down on Thursday, March 28, to discuss the local elections, Manila Bay rehabilitation, and presidential economic adviser Michael Yang's alleged links to the illegal drug trade

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Marawi residents to get livelihood assistance

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Residents from Marawi City's most affected area will also receive additional cash aid of P53,000 instead of relief goods

MARAWI'S PLIGHT. A woman and child living in Sarmanok tent wait for their transfer to Bogabong relocation site also in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi residents say Del Rosario should resign if rehab target not met

Mar 21, 2019 - 8:30 AM

During a dialogue in Lanao del Sur, Task Force Bangon Marawi head Eduardo del Rosario in turn asks residents to stop portraying the city as a ghost town as if the government has not done anything

EFFORTS TO REBUILD. Task Force Bangon Marawi chief Eduardo Del Rosario pictured at the groundbreaking ceremony on October 30, 2018. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Manila Bay rehab: Why the bay can't be saved in 6 months

Mar 20, 2019 - 1:05 PM

If the Pasig River case is to be followed, it will take years – or even decades – to save Manila Bay

DENR seeks barangays' support in keeping Manila Bay clean

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says barangays, as 'frontliners,' must be aware of their critical role in the cleanup of Manila Bay

Manila Bay rehab: The challenge of cleaning up the nation's waste

Mar 16, 2019 - 5:57 PM

The bay's age-old problems will take time to solve

JG Summit Holdings subsidiary adopts Boracay wetland

Mar 07, 2019 - 3:45 PM

(UPDATED) JG Summit Petrochemical Corporation is the latest firm to strike a partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the rehabilitation of a Boracay wetland

Boracay task force to be 'merciless' vs erring establishments

Feb 28, 2019 - 6:16 PM

'We are documenting [cases] in the whole of the island to include business establishments and also residential.... If they will not do anything, then we will immediately do the demolition,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

Duterte creates Manila Bay rehabilitation task force

Feb 21, 2019 - 9:31 AM

The task force, headed by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, is given the power to impose penalties on establishments and households that refuse to comply with its orders on sanitation and sewerage

Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard personnel embarks to rubber boat to check the illegal pipe line and inspection as part of the rehabilitation program of Manila Bay in Manila on 19 February 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Gov't goes after more businesses polluting Manila Bay, waterways

Feb 19, 2019 - 6:10 PM

The Laguna Lake Development Authority finds more businesses with environmental violations in Pasay and Manila

The Laguna Lake Development Authority has issued 5 cease and desist orders, 3 ex-parte orders and 12 notice of violations to erring businesses in the cities of Pasay and Manila on Tuesday, February 19. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

LIST: At least 6 Manila Bay reclamation projects to start soon

Feb 18, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Most of the reclamation projects expected to begin soon will be located in Metro Manila. The biggest projects will be in Cavite.

95 LGUs around Manila Bay violating environmental laws – DILG

Feb 14, 2019 - 2:20 PM

These local government units won't face complaints just yet, as the Department of the Interior and Local Government will first help them with compliance

NO PUNISHMENT YET. The DILG foregoes filing complaints against the LGUs, saying that they want to assist them first. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] Rehabilitation over reclamation for Manila Bay

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:51 PM

Reclamation projects are poised to benefit only the privileged few, while the underemployed Filipinos of today would remain stuck in unideal working conditions

Local and foriegn tourist flock the Manila Bay on February 5, 2019. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

The week in photos: February 2-8, 2019

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:08 PM

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

NAKED RUNNERS. Members of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity participate in the 42nd Oblation Run at the University of the Philippines, Diliman on February 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa David/Rappler

Fecal coliform levels in Manila Bay still high – DENR

Feb 06, 2019 - 4:55 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the government has not yet fully cleaned Manila Bay, and swimming there could lead to illnesses

SWIMMERS BEWARE. Splashing around in Manila Bay's waters can lead to a number of illnesses as fecal coliform levels are still way above the safe levels. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Manila Bay cleanup: High hopes, murky plans

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:05 AM

The recent photos of Manila Bay are Instagram-worthy, but don’t get too excited just yet. We have a long, long way to go.

Manila Bay not yet safe for swimming – DOH

Feb 04, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Department of Health says the public should wait until tests on the quality of Manila Bay's waters are completed

REHABILITATION. Volunteers, mostly government workers gathered on January 27, 2019, to clean up the coastline to start the Manila Bay rehabilitation. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

The week in photos: January 26-February 1, 2019

Feb 02, 2019 - 12:32 PM

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

'HOT SPRING'. People enjoy a dip in a hotpot-shaped hot spring pool at a hotel in Hangzhou in China's Zhejiang province on January 27, 2019, to promote a healthy lifestyle in the run-up to the Lunar New Year which begins the first week of February. Photo by AFP

Makabayan lawmakers want Manila Bay rehab postponed

Jan 29, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The progressive legislators want the government to first focus on properly consulting informal settlers who will be displaced by the Manila Bay cleanup

REHAB POSTPONEMENT? Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao poses with several fisherfolk and peasant women from Cavite who seek the postponement of the Manila Bay rehabilitation. Photo from Casilao's office

LOOK: Which part of Manila Bay is swimmable?

Jan 29, 2019 - 3:25 PM

For bodies of water to be safe for swimming, the coliform levels should only be at 100 most probable number per milliliters

Marawi rehabilitation is urgent issue for Bangsamoro gov't – Murad

Jan 29, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Residents from Marawi City hope the ratification of the Bangsamoro law will help speed up the rebuilding of the war-ravaged city

a marawi displaced woman and child lving in Sarmanok tent city wating for their transfer to Bogabong relcoation site also in Marawi CIty. Many displaced Maranao, vicitms of the Marawi Siege n 2017 are hopeful that the Bangsamoro Organic Law will bring in more stability in their province who are plague with clan feud, political and armed problems for decades. The core Bangsamoro Region will vote on Monday, January 21, to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law. (bobby lagsa/rappler)