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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

5 dead as trailer truck crushes van in Nasugbu

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The retrieval operation takes 15 hours as rescuers had to use machines to lift the truck, which landed onto the van as they plunged into a ravine

CRASH. A trailer truck rams a van in Nasugbu, Batangas on September 19, 2017. All photos from Richard Gordon (@DickGordonDG) Twitter page

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

5 dead, 6 missing due to Tropical Storm Maring

Sep 13, 2017 - 3:00 PM

There are also 4 others injured due to Maring, says the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council

FLOODING. Tatalon residents in Quezon City wade the knee-deep water along Araneta Ave., brought by the sudden downpour of rain cause by Typhoon Maring on Tuesday. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LGUs told to prepare for Typhoon Talim, low pressure area

Sep 11, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Residents in areas likely to be affected are advised to take the necessary precautionary measures and are alerted against possible flooding and landslides

PREPAREDNESS. NDRRMC conducts a pre-disaster risk assessment meeting in preparation for Typhoon Talim and the low pressure area located 400 kilometers east of Quezon. Photo from NDRRMC

NDRRMC activates response cluster for Tropical Storm Jolina

Aug 25, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Government agencies are now on standby 24 7 to respond to the needs in affected areas

PREPARATION. The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council activated the National Response Cluster to prepare for Tropical Typhoon Jolina

WATCH: Prepare for disasters by playing a board game

Jul 29, 2017 - 6:28 PM

The Civil Defense board game aims to teach concepts on disaster risk reduction in a fun and engaging way

Need for NDRRMC approval causes delay in sending disaster alerts

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:06 PM

Senators Ralph Recto and Grace Poe want to cut the red tape during emergencies saying science agencies can send the alerts themselves

Palawan's hazard-prone towns identified

Jul 26, 2017 - 10:30 AM

According to the Provincial Climate Change Action Plan 2017 2023 an estimated 244 997 people are highly susceptible to landslides with Puerto Princesa City Roxas and Rizal having the highest population exposure

Muntinlupa #MMShakeDrill tests community and private sector response

Jul 15, 2017 - 6:17 PM

We should always assume that the disaster [management] office or the local [government] will not be able to respond immediately [after an earthquake] a disaster management officer says

FIRE MANIPULATION. Bureau of Fire Protection backed up the Puregold Disaster Response Team in putting off the fire from the fuel pipeline. Photo by Alexa Yadao/Rappler

MMDA: Expect public inconvenience during 4-day #MMShakeDrill

Jul 14, 2017 - 3:58 PM

The organizers of the MMShakeDrill specifically timed the first day of the exercise on July 14 a payday Friday based on the worst case scenario simulation

WORTH IT. MMDA chief Danilo Lim has repeatedly said that the inconvenience will pay off when the so-called 'big one' strikes.

DBM to release P5 billion for Marawi rehab in 2017

Jul 14, 2017 - 1:52 PM

The Department of Budget and Management says funds for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Marawi City will be released following a multi year scheme

MARAWI REHAB. The budget department allots at least P15 billion for 2017 and 2018 for Marawi recovery and rehabilitation efforts. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

#FridayFeels: Miss Disaster Risk Reduction 2017

Jul 14, 2017 - 9:30 AM

If asked about disaster preparedness would you give an answer worthy of the crown or a response that would induce a facepalm?

Does the Philippines have enough funds to deal with disasters?

Jul 12, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Typhoon season is underway in the Philippines and some officials warn the funds for handling calamities may not be enough

Rappler, Philippine Red Cross ink tie-up on disaster preparedness

Jul 09, 2017 - 10:49 AM

The project aims to educate a wider range of audience in disaster preparedness and risk reduction by publishing content of relevant topics on social media

Philippine Red Cross Senator chairman Richard Gordon during 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

Disaster imagination: 3 steps toward disaster preparedness

Jul 08, 2017 - 9:30 PM

We need [imagination] for disaster preparedness Science Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr says at the Agos Summit

Department of Science and Technology undersecretary for disaster risk reduction and climate Renato Solidum Jr., during 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

Legarda shares 9 ways to reduce disaster risks, impact on lives

Jul 08, 2017 - 1:52 PM

For every 1 you invest in disaster risk reduction you actually save up to 7 of losses Senator Loren Legarda says during Rappler’s AGOS summit on disaster preparedness

Senator Loren Legarda during 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

What is Agos?

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:58 AM

Agos uses technology for disaster preparedness and to save lives during natural disasters

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

WATCH: UP Resilience Institute is Project NOAH's new home

Jun 23, 2017 - 6:45 PM

A few days before the country observes the National Disaster Consciousness Month in July the University of the Philippines officially relaunches Project NOAH

UP NOAH. UP Resilience Institute executive director Mahar Lagmay (1st from L) and UP President Danilo Concepcion (4th from R) welcome disaster risk reduction champions during the relaunch of the institute, Project NOAH's new home, on June 21, 2017. Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Missing Korean hiker found alive after 11 days

Jun 21, 2017 - 9:23 AM

A Barlig town local finds Choi Sungkyu 56 in a thickly forested area in Latang village Mountain Province

RESCUED.Choi Sung Kyu, 56, is rescued in Sitio Sicling in Latang village. Photo courtesy of Barlig town police station

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

VSU turns over flood hazard, resource maps to Eastern Visayas towns

Jun 11, 2017 - 9:14 AM

After 3 years of research VSU turns over high resolution maps and data in CDs to representatives of local government units in the 5 provinces of Region 8

NDRRMC cites outstanding work in disaster management

Jun 10, 2017 - 5:57 PM

The NDRRMC awards several local government units and private groups for their outstanding efforts in disaster management and humanitarian response

ZERO CASUALTY ADVOCATES. NDRRMC awards local government units, humanitarian groups, and individuals for their outstanding efforts on disaster management. Photo by PICC

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.

UP Resilience Institute to integrate Project NOAH as information hub

May 22, 2017 - 8:04 PM

The UP NOAH Center under the UP RI will offer reports for cities and municipalities to help them manage their ecological vulnerabilities

WATCH: Meet 'Juan Handa', DepEd’s official disaster preparedness mascot

May 20, 2017 - 6:00 AM

Equipped from head to toe Juan Handa is prepared for disasters

6 apps to keep you disaster-ready

May 01, 2017 - 9:38 AM

These apps can help people prepare for disasters and earthquakes and stay informed during one


At least 7 dead in Cebu floods

Apr 16, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Rescuers are still searching for two more missing persons in Carmen where 73 houses were washed out due to nonstop rains

HEAVY FLOOD. At least 73 houses are washed away in Carmen, Cebu, following heavy rains brought by Tropical Depression Crising. Photo by Don John Lery Pupz

IN PHOTOS: LGUs hold nationwide simultaneous quake drill

Apr 01, 2017 - 2:35 PM

NDRRMC launches the nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill in Cebu City

'It takes a village to sustain safety and security'

Mar 26, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Barangay West Crame in San Juan City holds a community wide fire drill to test the neighborhood s response to future disasters

DRILL. Responders rush to contain a simulated fire in Barangay West Crame, San Juan City. Photo by Lou Gepuela / Rappler

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

Batanes: Facing the new normal of climate change

Mar 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM

For remote communities in Batanes weathering typhoons is nothing new but climate change threatens to uproot their homes and destroy their livelihoods Watch this 360 video on how communities in Itbayat are facing their new normal

CHANGE IS COMING. Nanang Tinang, a community elder in Itbayat, Batanes, converses with a fellow Ivatan. Photo by Airah Cadiogan/Oxfam

Phivolcs chief Solidum appointed as DOST usec

Mar 01, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Renato Solidum Jr will continue to head the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology as officer in charge says Science Secretary Fortunato de la Peña

NEW DOST UNDERSECRETARY. Science Secretary Fortunato dela Paz (left) administers the oath to new DOST Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr on February 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of DOST

Quake-prone Pacific nations hold joint tsunami drills

Feb 15, 2017 - 6:22 PM

Civil defense offices will rehearse the relaying of tsunami warnings for large quakes off the coasts of Chile and Peru Colombia and Ecuador the Philippines the Solomon Islands Tonga and Vanuatu

DRILL. In this file photo, teachers evacuate children to higher ground during an earthquake and tsunami drill in Valparaiso, some 120 km west of Santiago, on November 3, 2016. Martin Bernetti/AFP

Project NOAH 'not just about the technology' – Lagmay

Jan 31, 2017 - 12:52 PM

We have invested heavily on human resources says NOAH head Mahar Lagmay; Our intention is to maintain these disaster scientists

MORE THAN TECH. Staff of Project NOAH at work. Rappler file photo

COA: DND, 183 LGUs didn't follow rules for disaster funds in 2015

Jan 22, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The Commission on Audit releases its first ever report on how funds for disaster risk reduction and management were used by national and local officials

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

Nonstop rain triggers floods in Cebu and Leyte

Jan 16, 2017 - 8:51 PM

There s one confirmed death in Cebu while classes have been suspended in parts of Tacloban and Ormoc

BANICA RIVER. Banica River in Dumaguete City. Screen grab from YouTube video, courtesy of Hersley Ven Casero

Thousands stranded as flash floods hit Cagayan de Oro

Jan 16, 2017 - 7:34 PM

UPDATED The City Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office is on yellow alert Military trucks have been deployed to rescue residents

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 15, 2017

Jan 15, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Here are the stories you should not miss this Sunday

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

NDRRMC to Black Nazarene devotees: Be vigilant

Jan 08, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The council s response group extends assistance to Black Nazarene feast organizers to ensure the safety and well being of the devotees

BLACK NAZARENE. Blessing of the Black Nazarene replica in Quiapo, Manila on January 7, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

CHECKLIST: What mayors should do hours before Auring hits land

Jan 08, 2017 - 12:27 AM

These are the minimum critical activities that LGUs under Charlie or Red alert should be doing in affected areas

Duterte 'normalized act of extrajudicial killing'

Jan 06, 2017 - 1:08 PM

International watchdog Front Line Defenders also calls out the President for threatening to kill human rights defenders who criticize his campaign against illegal drugs

#NinaPH: Areas with power outages

Dec 26, 2016 - 11:26 AM

UPDATED Areas in Calabarzon Mimaropa and Bicol experienced blackouts during the onslaught of Typhoon Nina Nock ten

Satellite image as of December 26, 5 am. Satellite image courtesy of NOAA

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

#NinaPH: Line of vehicles at Matnog Port reaches 4 kms due to ferry cancellations

Dec 24, 2016 - 10:58 AM

Around 3 682 passengers are stranded in various ports in Bicol region as of 8AM Saturday according to the Philippine Coast Guard

LONG WAIT. Around 500 buses and trucks have been stuck in Matnog Port since Friday, December 23, due to ferry cancellations caused by Typhoon Nina. Photos by Jhay-r Timosa/ RACER/ Rappler

Off to Bicol or Samar? Take precaution, check possible cancelled trips

Dec 23, 2016 - 4:02 PM

Government agencies urge the public to prepare for Tropical Storm Nina