Joey Salceda on surviving Haiyan
Rappler talks to Joey Salceda, the governor of Albay on his views on the government's crisis response to Yolanda (Haiyan).

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler talks to Joey Salceda, the governor of Albay.

Salceda is well known as an advocate for climate justice – the idea that developed nations must help developing nations deal with the impact and the burdens of continuing climate change.

In October, Salceda was elected as the co-chair of the United Nations Green Climate Fund (UN GCF) Board which was created to help developing countries adjust to the effects of climate change today.

Salceda shares his views on the government’s crisis response to super typhoon Yolanda (international name, Haiyan), the most powerful tropical cyclone to make landfall in the world.

Talking from experience as the governor of a province frequently visited by storms and volcanic eruptions, he says, “cash is the best form of relief.” Salceda also discusses the tactical needs of the victims and the strategic moves government must make.

Watch this interview.


The Long Road to Tacloban 
Rappler has set up a base in Tacloban to gather stories in Leyte and Eastern Samar, especially in the towns and villages that sufficient aid and most media have yet to reach. 

On November 14, they set out for Tacloban – by land – from our headquarters in Pasig City. The 36-hour trip took them through the provinces most heavily devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Here, they shared with us what they saw along the way, capturing images of destruction and despair, narrating stories of anguish, hope, and heroism. 

Their journey continues. They are finding people. The stories keep coming. Their and these people’s voices are here.

Follow their story here

Help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan). Visit Rappler’s list ofongoing relief operations in your area. Tell us about your relief and recovery initiatives, or tweet us @moveph 

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