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Ex-PDEA agent arrested for selling P1.5-M worth of shabu in Tacloban

Sep 01, 2017 - 5:52 PM

PDEA Director Edgar Jubay identifies the suspect as Julius Katangkatang a former member of PDEA s technical personnel

Making maps useful for addressing disasters and climate change

Aug 02, 2017 - 6:37 PM

In a time when people are increasingly exposed to the factors of disaster and climate change I believe that usable maps can help people make a difference

UNDERSTANDING MAPS. This is a screenshot of the maps on landslide and flood susceptibility from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (Mines and Geosciences Bureau). The maps are in jpeg format, and require considerable work for reuse.

FAST FACTS: Leyte and natural disasters

Jul 07, 2017 - 6:42 PM

Leyte province has had its share of natural disasters over the years

Local bizmen to gov't: Turn Leyte library into a convention center

Jan 21, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The People s Center and Library used to be a cultural gem in the hometown of then First Lady Imelda Marcos Part of it is now being rented by a Japan surplus shop

FUTURE CONVENTION CENTER? The facade of the People's Library and Center in Tacloban City. All photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Protesters in Imelda’s Tacloban: Dig up Marcos remains

Nov 25, 2016 - 11:00 PM

UP Tacloban students and protesters from other sectors say Ferdinand Marcos does not deserve a place in the Heroes’ Cemetery due to the human rights violations committed during his dictatorial reign

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Duterte: P10,000 each for Yolanda survivors who have yet to get shelter aid

Nov 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM

DSWD explains that the amount is not emergency shelter assistance but a valid response to the clamor of families who were denied of their right to the assistance

RECOVERY. Protesters voice out what they think should have been addressed three years after Yolanda. Photo by Catherine Atienza/ Rappler

Lessons on cash transfers to disaster victims

Aug 25, 2016 - 11:10 AM

An evaluation of Unicef s Unconditional Cash Transfer Program for Yolanda Victims

Tacloban artist paints Duterte's portrait using coconut wine

Aug 08, 2016 - 3:33 PM

Aside from using tuba as a medium Yolanda survivor and artist Dante Enage uses his art to raise awareness on relevant issues in society

DSWD to prioritize review of Yolanda rehabilitation projects

Aug 01, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo says anomalies if any will be dealt with appropriately

REVIEW. Social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo said they have been reviewing their and services since July 1 with post-Yolanda rebuilding programs on top of their list.

Ex-Tacloban mayor: Yolanda funds not misspent

Jul 31, 2016 - 4:45 PM

The camp of ex mayor Alfred Romualdez says: Kung tutuusin kaya nga kami nasita eh kasi ibinigay po namin ang nararapat lang talaga na para sa kanila

File photo by EPA

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Jul 29, 2016 - 12:53 PM

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Tacloban misspent nearly P1B in Yolanda funds – COA

Jul 29, 2016 - 8:00 AM

UPDATED Ex mayor Alfred Romualdez in response says they gave what people deserved to get and blamed the delays on the national government s stringent rules

TRAGEDY. Super Typhoon Yolanda levels he coast of Leyte in November 2013.

Yolanda survivors gather in support for Duterte's SONA 2016

Jul 26, 2016 - 12:43 PM

Yolanda survivors from different towns of Leyte show their support for President Rodrigo Duterte during his first State of the Nation Address

Power of music: Ending drug dependence in Tacloban City

Jul 17, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Listening to a happy song can lift people’s spirit says Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzalez Romualdez

Photo by by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Vote-counting machines break down in Tacloban City

May 09, 2016 - 8:53 PM

In one voting precinct only 165 votes are cast out of the 450 registered voters due to a VCM malfunction

VOTING TIME. In San Jose Elementary School, where most number of voters in Tacloban City are registered, residents prepare to cast their ballots. Photo by Jene-Anne Pangue/ Rappler

Eastern Visayas youth lead campaign for Miriam Santiago

May 07, 2016 - 12:28 AM

Our purpose is to show the Filipino people that Miriam is the true candidate that can make our country progress says Youth for Miriam Head Jonas Lavarrete

STILL FIGHTING. Youth from Eastern Visayas gather for the Walk for Miriam Campaign conducted in Tacloban City on Thursday, May 5. Photo by Chris Billes/ Rappler

Tacloban mayoralty bets differ on Yolanda rehabilitation

May 06, 2016 - 12:40 PM

The mayoralty race in Tacloban heats up as candidates differ on what to do with thousands of families affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda

Poe, Escudero: 'Unconditional' cash transfer for victims

Feb 27, 2016 - 12:41 PM

Escudero says he and Poe will continue the administration s CCT program but offer livelihood to beneficiaries and unconditional assistance to typhoon victims

AID AND SUPPORT. The Poe-Escudero tandem woo voters in Tacloban City. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

Memorial unveiling, candle lighting to mark Yolanda's 2nd anniversary

Nov 01, 2015 - 8:32 PM

Two memorial markers and a candle lighting ceremony are the highlights of the commemoration of the second anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan in Tacloban City

YOLANDA. One year has passed and Yolanda survivors are standing strong. Show your support, light a candle on November 8, 2014. Photo from the Facebook page of Haiyan 1st Year Anniversary Candlelight Memorial

Farmers turn Typhoon Yolanda wastes into livelihood

Oct 27, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Green charcoals are still black in color but are more friendly to the environment

In Tanauan, Leyte, mothers build a school for their children

Oct 25, 2015 - 4:15 PM

When an aid to reconstruct their buildings finally reached their humble school they did not hesitate a bit even if the mothers themselves would have be the construction workers

VIRAL: Netizens denounce high Tacloban airport transport fares

Sep 10, 2015 - 8:06 PM

Prices can reach as high as 4 times the regular fare

Local Vote: Cagayan, Negros Occidental, Tacloban City, Leyte

Aug 22, 2015 - 4:08 PM

Rappler s weekly wrap up: Not campaigning? Declared LP bet distributes PCSO ambulances in Cagayan; Negros Occidental’s closely watched contest: vice governorship; Romualdez wives to seek husbands posts;

 FROM LEFT: Presidential Legislative Liaison Officer Manuel Mamba of Cagayan, 4th District Representative Jeffrey Ferrer of Negros Occidental, and Councilor Cristina Gonzalez of Tacloban City, Leyte

Tacloban Airport closed for runway repairs

Aug 05, 2015 - 6:34 PM

Two Airbus aircraft from Air Asia and Cebu Pacific are grounded due to the closure of airport operations while 6 more flights have been cancelled affecting hundreds of passengers

CLOSED. The Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport or Tacloban Airport is closed from August 5 to 6, 2015, for runway repairs. File photo by Rappler

Australia to hand over 1,533 shelters to Haiyan-affected families

Jul 29, 2015 - 12:19 PM

Press release: In partnership with three humanitarian organizations the Australian government continues Yolanda recovery work in Tacloban City and Palo in Leyte

Filipino women wash clothes next to a ship washed ashore, in the super typhoon devastated city of Tacloban, Leyte province, Philippines in November 2013. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG  EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Leyte provincial staff faces raps for use of gov’t car

Jun 24, 2015 - 9:59 AM

The Ombudsman for the Visayas recommends administrative charges against a staff member of Board Member Anlie Apostol

Mayor denies 'eviction' of 3,000 Yolanda families

Jun 11, 2015 - 2:21 PM

Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualez says this would be untimely as there are not enough shelters for evicted families

DANGER ZONE. A cargo ship remains stranded as of December 5, 2014, in Anibong village in Tacloban City, which was severely damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines in November 2013. File photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

VISA pushes for financial inclusion in PH

May 07, 2015 - 5:24 PM

‘Simply providing people with an account is insufficient They have to be using it ’ says Stephen Kehoe VISA senior vice president and head of global inclusion

Rising from Yolanda: Tacloban revives Sangyaw Festival

May 02, 2015 - 9:00 AM

We want our tourism back We want to celebrate life with our learnings after Yolanda says Councilor Cristina Romualdez of the month long activities that start May 31

TOURISM BOOST. Tacloban City, hoping to attract tourists again after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), will revive the Sangyaw Festival in June. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio, Rappler

7,000 jobs available to residents of Yolanda-hit region

Apr 30, 2015 - 11:22 PM

The labor department s office in Eastern Visayas will hold job fairs in Tacloban and Ormoc cities in Leyte on May 1

Families in Tacloban to receive housing aid

Apr 25, 2015 - 11:16 PM

The national government has provided P315 million intended for families whose houses were partially damaged due to the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda more than a year ago

REBUILDING. The Tacloban city government is pressed to find land for houses that need to be built. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chasing the Pope, parang pag-ibig lang

Jan 31, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Parang pag ibig kung para sa iyo talaga gagawa ng paraan ang tadhana para magtagpo kayo

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Barricades for Pope Francis' Leyte visit to be reused

Jan 24, 2015 - 3:22 PM

Many agencies and local government units have requested for barricades from the public works department

BARRICADES. Many agencies and local government units have requested the DPWH for some road barricades and guard rails used during Pope Francis' visit to Leyte. Screengrab from Rappler video

Pope in Manila, Al Qaeda vs ISIS, Google Glass gone | The wRap

Jan 16, 2015 - 8:43 PM

Pope Francis talks about corruption to Filipino politicians Revival of Al Qaeda ISIS rivalry? And goodbye Google Glass

Holiday in Leyte for Pope visit

Jan 13, 2015 - 7:00 AM

Work in all government offices and classes in all levels both public and private will be suspended from January 15 to 16

PREPARATIONS. Policemen inspect the open field venue where Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate a mass near the airport in Tacloban City. Photo by EPA

Tacloban population to ‘double’ during Pope visit

Jan 09, 2015 - 3:56 PM

Classes in the Leyte capital are suspended from January 14 to 16 while work in government classes are suspended from January 15 to 16

READY. Both the Philippine and Vatican flags are raised at the Tacloban airport open grounds in the days leading up to Pope Francis’ visit to the Typhoon Yolanda-hit province. Photo by Renz Bulseco

Pope Francis to pray before Yolanda mass grave

Dec 16, 2014 - 3:28 PM

The 78 year old Pope will also take a 30 minute siesta as part of his activities in Yolanda hit Leyte the Catholic Church says

‘SOLIDARITY IN HARDSHIP.’ Pope Francis hugs Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle during a ceremony to bless the new image of St Pedro Calungsod of the Philippines at St Peter's Basilica on November 21, 2013 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Francis' popemobile in PH: Open, not bulletproof

Dec 16, 2014 - 3:16 PM

The popemobile will be vulnerable open and accessible – representing the image that Pope Francis wants the Church to project

Ruby: 'Longest-staying typhoon'

Dec 07, 2014 - 10:15 AM

If Yolanda was the strongest typhoon Ruby is the longest staying one says Tacloban Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin

Tacloban enforces 100% evacuation in storm surge-prone villages

Dec 06, 2014 - 7:42 PM

Government opens at least 17 evacuation centers across the city Distribution of relief goods is now faster and efficiently managed

SEEKING SHELTER. Leyte residents seek shelter in churches, schools, and evacuation centers as Typhoon Ruby approaches. Photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

How disasters make women and children vulnerable to abuse

Dec 03, 2014 - 5:53 PM

At a workshop on gender and disasters participants brainstorm on what can be done to protect them

Pope's Philippine trip 'both state and pastoral visit'

Nov 15, 2014 - 4:42 PM

Pope Francis will hold bilateral talks with the Philippine President as part of the state visit reflecting the highest level of hospitality honor and formality

HEAD OF STATE. Pope Francis is welcomed by South Korean president Park keun-hye (right, front) upon his arrival as they inspect a guard of honor at Seoul Airport in Seongnam City, South Korea on August 14, 2014. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III will also welcome Francis at the Villamor Air Base on January 15, 2015. File photo by Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Philippines mulls holiday during Pope's visit

Nov 15, 2014 - 3:05 PM

The Philippine government vows to give Pope Francis the head of state of Vatican City all the courtesies provided to visiting heads of state

IN PHILIPPINES SOON. Pope Francis arrives to lead his Wednesday General Audience in St Peter's Square in Vatican City on October 29, 2014. Photo by Claudio Peri/EPA

Official Schedule: Pope Francis in the Philippines

Nov 14, 2014 - 7:12 PM

UPDATED Pope Francis will spend more time in Manila than in typhoon hit Leyte when he visits the Philippines in January 2015 This is his official itinerary as released by the Vatican

OLD FRIENDS. Pope Francis (right) greets Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (left) in St Peter's Square, Vatican City, in October 2014. File photo courtesy of Fr Yulito Ignacio

ASEAN summit, Lacson hits Romualdez, peacekeepers Ebola-free | The wRap

Nov 10, 2014 - 9:03 PM

Fresh sparring over the South China Sea is expected at the ASEAN Summit Secretary Ping Lacson hits Tacloban Mayor Romualdez for ‘below par performance Vice President Binay downplays debate with Senator Trillanes as a ‘conversation

DSWD: Zero tents in Yolanda-affected areas by yearend

Nov 09, 2014 - 2:47 PM

More than 1 500 families still live in makeshift tents and shelters as of September 2014 the agency s data shows

Yolanda a year after: Old problems, new dangers

Nov 08, 2014 - 6:41 PM

The lack of structural change puts Yolanda Haiyan survivors at risk an expert says as the government needs to build safer houses for more than 200 000 people

Tacloban addressing gaps in mental health

Nov 08, 2014 - 10:15 AM

Mental health is a big gap of the DOH It was only after Yolanda that efforts were intensified by both the national and local governments

PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT. Survivors, including parents, receive counselling and other necessary psychosocial support from both the local government of Tacloban, in partnership with NGOs. Mothers and their babies staying at mother-and-child friendly tents put up by Action Against Hunger. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler.com

Advocates end 1,000-km Climate Walk at Yolanda ground zero

Nov 08, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Aside from showing solidarity with the millions affected by the super typhoon the Climate Walk aims to pressure leaders to take action against climate change

CLIMATE WALK. The file photo shows environment advocates in Luneta before they began their 40-day march that took them to Tacloban, 'Ground Zero' of the landfall of Typhoon Haiyan. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Hope and resilience in the eyes of Yolanda children

Nov 07, 2014 - 10:30 PM

Twenty children still living in bunkhouses in Tacloban City tell – through powerful photographs they themselves took – how their families are coping after the super typhoon

MEMORIES. 16-year-old Jopet Arce's photo of a pair of shoes 'owned by the child that died during the typhoon that hit our place' wins a UNICEF photography contest. Photo courtesy of UNICEF