Nearly two years after super typhoon Yolanda struck, the state weather bureau office in the province is still waiting for the go signal from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to rebuild its station within the airport complex.
Since 2013, post-Yolanda relief and rehab releases already reached P88.96 billion.
The Philippines on Sunday vowed to take further action to aid those displaced by deadly Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, following UN criticism that the government's response so far had been 'inadequate.'
One of the projects involve diverting World Bank funds to the rehabilitation of roads in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.
NEDA will coordinate rehab efforts, as project implementation still rests with other line agencies.
Surviving supertyphoon Yolanda, Marilyn Ecap picks up her work after scraping enough to buy a new typewriter and, yes, she does not run out of clients for odd typing jobs.
Robbers are victimizing super typhoon Yolanda survivors in Iloilo's northernmost town of Carles, police authorities said.
The SM Foundation Inc. will build 200 permanent houses in this city as part of its long- term assistance to areas ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda in central Philippines.
The family claiming death benefits is mired in bureaucratic technicalities as the remains of the victim were never recovered after the storm.
The project, will falls under the National Greening Program, has a P1 billion budget allocation.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) has agreed to give the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) $480,000 "to rebuild livelihood assets and to support community-driven enterprises" in some areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda.
The projects are housed under the DSWD's cash-for-building livelihood assets and community-driven enterprise development programs.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will formally turnover on Monday 4,500 houses for super typhoon Yolanda survivors in Samar Island through a ceremony in Balangiga, Eastern Samar.
French President Francois Hollande met survivors of one of the world's strongest typhoons in a remote Philippine coastal town on Friday, seeking to sound a global alarm on climate change ahead of a crucial UN summit.
Resigned rehabilitation chief Panfilo Lacson has recommended for the immediate transfer of "resources and assets" of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) to the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD).
About four million coconut trees destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda still have to be processed into logs, prompting food security chief Francis Pangilinan to form the Task Force on Yolanda coconut debris management to ensure fast recovery of the coconut industry in Eastern Visayas.
Mayors in northern Cebu have asked the Central Visayas regional office Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to review its policy in the distribution of the P1.9 billion emergency shelter assistance (ESA) for super typhoon Yolanda survivors.
Yolanda-affected families who live in the no-build zones, employees who have access to housing loans, and those who have received a similar aid from other organizations are not entitled to the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Yolanda survivor Vincent Basiano sang and cheered along with a sea of other joyous typhoon survivors as Pope Francis celebrated mass on a rainy Saturday, but all too quickly the euphoria passed.
The Special Envoy of the President of the French Republic for the Protection of the Planet, Nicolas Hulot, is scheduled to arrive in the Philippines on January 20, Tuesday, to start his five-day visit to the country.
A teenager orphaned by super typhoon Yolanda said Pope Francis gazed at her and other survivors with 'compassion' at their meeting at the archbishopâs palace in Palo, Leyte on Saturday.
'This is for me. I'm learning,' the pontiff says, reflecting on his encounter with survivors of the monster typhoon Yolanda and the devastating Bohol earthquake.
The government housing agencies are targeting to complete 120,000 housing units in 2015 for families displaced by super typhoon Yolanda, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said in a news release Sunday.
Pope to share lunch of lechon, adobo, malunggay, fruits with 30 disaster survivors - Palo archbishop
The Archdiocese of Palo will serve lechon (roasted pig) and pork adobo, malunggay (moringa), and a dessert of local tropical fruits during the lunch of Pope Francis with 30 survivors of recent natural calamities that struck central Philippines.
A multimillion-dollar waste-to-energy facility will be constructed in Tacloban City next year, according to Mayor Alfred Romualdez.
Thousands of residents of the typhoon-weary city of Tacloban prepared Wednesday to mark their second Christmas in ruins following two giant storms.
Following a successful humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) mission in typhoon-stricken areas of Leyte, military volunteers from South Korea flew home Monday, leaving over P200 million worth of HADR equipment to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Aiming to restore the lost livelihood of around 25,000 micro-entrepreneurs affected by super typhoon Yolanda, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided P180 million in seed capital for them through its recently launched credit program.
Standardization of hashtags plays an integral part in aiding humanitarian efforts especially in the wake of a natural disaster according the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Presidential Adviser on Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Panfilo Lacson has resigned from his post, effective first week of February 2015.
The public-private partnership framework of the government's rehabilitation program in Yolanda-hit areas are being used by big corporations for their own benefit, said a Church official in charge of helping survivors of the super typhoon recover from the disaster.
The Araw Scholars House built by South Korean soldiers will open its doors to students from poor families of Leyte province next school year.
Rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson said he is preparing to exit his job as head of the Office of the Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation and Recovery as the implementation of the rehabilitation plan for areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda gets underway.
The UN agency notes, however, a steady decline in affected populations worldwide, attributing the trend to better preparedness and protective work by disaster management agencies.
In an attempt to break a deadlock at the ongoing climate change negotiations in the Peruvian capital of Lima, US Secretary of State John Kerry said all countries, whether rich or poor, 'need to step up' efforts to combat the devastating impacts of climate change.
(UPDATED - 5:50 p.m.) The Armed Forces of the Philippines confirmed on Saturday that the deployment of soldiers to urban centers, particularly 'critical areas' like Tacloban City, is as much to 'prevent looting' as to assist with preemptive evacuations ahead of the typhoon.
World temperatures continue to rise with 2014 likely to be the hottest year on record, driving exceptional extreme weather events including drought and fiercer typhoons in many parts of the world.
Robinsons' Tacloban mall, which was heavily loooted in the aftermath of 'Yolanda' last year, will shut down ahead of the new typhoon's landfall.
Many families in Tacloban, still haunted by their ordeal when super typhoon 'Yolanda' struck on November 8 last year, began to panic when rains started to pour at noon on Thursday.
Terrified survivors of a super typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines last year were on Wednesday preparing for a powerful new storm, as authorities scrambled to find safe evacuation centers.
Former national treasurer Leonor Briones, principal convenor of Social Watch Philippines, describes the supplemental budget proposal as 'vague, undetailed and, therefore, vulnerable.'
Tacloban City, nearby towns and some parts of Samar Island will experience a 12-hour power shutdown on Saturday due to ongoing rehabilitation of typhoon-damaged electric towers and power lines.
Government employees in Tacloban City are seething over new guidelines from the Department of Social Welfare and Development that would exclude many of them as well as private sector workers from the Emergency Shelter Assistance program for those who lost homes to super typhoon 'Yolanda.'
The Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee asked if all the P137 billion in typhoon Yolanda funds have been used up, adding, 'I don't feel it and the Region 8 folk don't feel it either.'
Hundreds of families who survived super typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City will be spending a second Christmas in the scant shelter of the tents they have been living in since the storm.
The national government has already poured P8.09 billion for the rehabilitation of the Yolanda-ravaged city, said Presidential Rehabilitation and Recovery Assistant Panfilo Lacson.
President Benigno S. Aquino III has approved the construction of houses in protected areas like islands in northern Cebu that were affected by super typhoon Yolanda, said Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Office (PARRO) Panfilo Lacson.
The Senate committee on housing and urban development chaired by Senator JV Ejercito will conduct an investigation on the rehabilitation and reconstruction effort of the national government on Yolanda-stricken areas.
Two weeks after the first anniversary of typhoon Yolanda, two bodies of possible victims of the storm, were found separately in a subdivision in Barangay Tigbao and in the district of San Jose, Tacloban City Saturday.
Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Executive Secretary Fr. Marvin Mejia says the government and the Church have already set a timeline, and donations are being accepted to help defray expenses for the event.
Getting the grade of 92.25 percent, Hannah Grace Da-ang Pugong of University of the Philippines Manila School of Health and Sciences in Palo, Leyte topped the November 14 midwife licensure exam.
The 2014 Supplemental Appropriations is to fund a number of priority projects that will include preparations for the upcoming APEC Summit, rehabilitation of LRT lines 1 and 2, and construction of permanent housing for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda.
After I have filed all my stories, and before I fully write 30 to this coverage, to quote Steve Jobs, there's still one more thing. I just need to write this personal note, lest I forget. The palest ink (or an FB post) is better than the best memory, so they say.
Three young members of a Filipino rap group have produced, with InterAksyon.com, a video capturing the inspiring themes arising from the tragedy of Yolanda.
'Lovely,' 28, and her four children survived super typhoon Yolanda. But to keep them alive after the storm, she has had to sell her body.
A year after super typhoon Yolanda left Eastern Visayas in ruins, the green shoots of recovery are now gradually sprouting for the region's economy.
After rehab czar Panfilo Lacson insinuated that the November 8 rally that the People Surge Alliance participated in was backed by Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, the group now want Lacson declared as persona non grata in Tacloban City.
Under the Youth Reporter project, children who survived the monster storm research and report on a topic in their community regarding their recovery from the disaster.
A year after super typhoon Yolanda ravaged their province and crushed their dreams, high school students in Eastern Samar have released an art book showing how they have triumphed over the tragedy.
The strongest typhoon ever to hit landfall in recorded history underscored a decades-long land dispute in Sicogon Island, Iloilo. But recently, residents and land developers Sicogon Development Corp. and Ayala Land Inc. have agreed to resolve the long-standing row.
Preparations are in full swing for the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines on January 15-19 next year.
Some 1,000 delegates from 190 countries including the Philippines are meeting in Nagoya to track the progress made in promoting Education for Sustainable Development, a concept that helps provide people the knowledge, skills, attitude and values needed to have a sustainable future.
Land for the purpose must be free from storm surges, landslides and other hazards. We must avoid putting them in harm's way, said Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson.
Amid the challenges brought about by the rehabilitation efforts one year after Typhoon Yolanda hit the country, a ranking United Nations official stressed that focus at all times should remain on 'people welfare' and rise above politics.
The new online portal that will serve as the database that tracks the flow of foreign aid for typhoon Yolanda reconstruction efforts will allow the donors themselves to input their own information.
A Typhoon Yolanda survivor retells the story of hardship, hope, and determinationÃ¢ÂÂso we may never forget.
How does one move on from thousands of deaths, from total devastation? Tacloban residents try.
A grade school pupil called Liverty in Guiuan, Eastern Samar delivered an address during the turnover ceremony of their seven new classrooms in Taytay Integrated School a couple of days before the first anniversary of the Yolanda destruction.
A year after one of the world's most powerful storms smashed into the Philippines, a group of women are stitching their lives back together by weaving colorful reeds used in handicrafts sold by the world's top retailers.
PhilHealth has reimbursed a total of P320 million to the hospitals and makeshift tents that provided medical treatment to injured and hospitalized survivors of typhoon "Yolanda".
Since the deadly typhoon struck November 8 last year, a DSWD office has rescued 50 victims of human trafficking in disaster areas like Tacloban, Catbalogan, Marabut, Ormoc, Baybay, Palo, and Camotes Islands. Most of the victims are minors. Of the six reported cases, two are in Tacloban.
A lifestyle writer finds herself getting out of her comfort zone to bring home a lifetime's worth of inspiring Typhoon Yolanda stories.
One year after typhoon Yolanda wiped out his village in Leyte, Pete Lacandazo is still searching for answers. And for his papers - documents that, for Yolanda survivors, are extremely difficult to put together in the first place, given how the storm damaged even some civil registrar's offices.
The Philippine embassy to the US honored two California-based emergency response groups who saved as many as 2,000 lives in Leyte following super typhoon Yolanda last year.
It was local governments and relatives who first came to the aid of people who survived the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda a year ago, a survey conducted by an independent think tank showed.
Mayor Alfred Romualdez on Saturday said the city government is working toward accomplishing the needs of the people in keeping with the "build-back-better" policy of the national government.
A year later, parts of the city have started to get back on its feet.
Who is telling the truth? Rehabilitation secretary Panfilo Lacson said Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez has actually been refusing to cooperate. Romualdez, however, said that the national government in fact did not support them.
Rehabilitation czar Sec. Panfilo Lacson assured victims of super typhoon 'Yolanda' (Haiyan) that the government would not demolish bunkhouses they're temporarily occupying at present.
Survivors remember the thousands of victims killed by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) one year after the devastating storm tore through the region.
(UPDATE - 7:35 p.m.) Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez paid no mind to the absence of President Benigno Aquino III in their commemoration activity for the first anniversary of typhoon Yolanda Saturday.
This is a slightly revised version of the poem published in the November issue of Eastlit literary journal of East and Southeast Asia.
Lack of access to fresh food, craving for 'normal' meals, and meeting the needs of humanitarian aid groups inspired these entrepreneurs to open restaurants after Typhoon Yolanda.
Women in areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda received scant gender-specific support in the immediate aftermath of the calamity, but humanitarian agencies were quick to step up interventions to address the post-disaster needs of women.
Over 500 Filipinos joined a solidarity event demanding climate justice, vowing to hold big polluters accountable for climate change impacts, as their 40-day Climate Walk reached Yolanda's Ground Zero in Tacloban from Manila's Kilometer Zero.
Survivors of the strongest typhoon ever to hit land descended on mass graves Saturday to mark one year since the storm devastated the central Philippines and condemned millions to deeper poverty.
The MGB has completed geohazard maps for 131 out of the 171 localities hardest hit by Yolanda.
The amount was spent on infrastructure, social services, livelihood and resettlement.
As the first anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda is marked today (Nov. 8), the European Union and its Member States continue their joint support for the rehabilitation of affected communities; and remind stakeholders of the long road ahead to securing a good climate deal in Paris in 2015.
At exactly 8 a.m. Saturday (Nov.8), church bells in 15 Leyte parishes affected by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) simultaneously tolled, to remember those who died as the first anniversary of the world's strongest typhoon was marked.
His head bent as he plays with the red laces of his tattered sneakers, 13-year-old Joshua Villanueva haltingly recounts how he lost both his parents and two younger sisters last November.
The efficient response made by American military forces, shortly after the onslaught of super typhoon "Yolanda" (international name: Haiyan) in Eastern Visayas last year, was made possible by the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), the US Embassy in Manila said in a statement Friday.
A year after one of the world's most powerful storms smashed into the Philippines, a group of women are stitching their lives back together by weaving colorful reeds used in handicrafts sold by the world's top retailers.
The majority of respondents (93%) to the Social Weather Stations (SWS) third quarter survey say they are hopeful that areas damaged by super typhoon Yolanda last year can fully recover.
As soon as the enormity of the devastation wrought by super typhoon Yolanda became evident, the MVP Group of Companies' Tulong Kapatid began mobilizing to provide what assistance it could to assist those caught by the disaster.
It is inevitable that, in a disaster of such magnitude as super typhoon Yolanda, there will be confusion and inaccuracy in accounting for the loss, especially in lives. But a year after the storm, many believe the official death toll is way too low to be believed.
Rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson says foreigners have praised government rehabilitation efforts after Yolanda as 'much faster' than other countries struck by similar disasters. But for the survivors still without adequate shelter and livelihood a year after, nothing can be fast enough.
From the other side of the world, at least two teams from among the first foreign responders - one, of medics trained in mass-casualty situations, and another of war veterans now helping people fight for life and to heal - are also sharing the indelible imprints of Nov. 8 on their souls.
PNoy says he wants lasting solution to Yolanda problem, not just 'papogi;' critics claim he's 'lying'
(UPDATE 2 - 8:43 p.m.) "Tama bang magpapogi na lang ako?" This question was posed by President Benigno Aquino III to his critics, who were claiming that the assistance being extended by his administration to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda was insufficient and inefficient.
A year after super typhoon Yolanda struck, only 12 of the 63 LGUs in Eastern Visayas affected by the disaster have submitted proposals for emergency shelter assistance to their constituents. Of the 12, only two have actually distributed this to survivors.
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago says children are the most vulnerable in times of disaster, and cannot cope well with changes that result from disrupted lives.
The Philippine National Police reported that the P335M reconstruction of police facilities damaged by super typhoon Yolanda last year is proceeding at full steam.
I will never forget the glass windows of our station exploding in front of us, as if a bomb had gone off, and then the seawater rushing in, flooding the building as it was inundating the city around us.
Cases of violence against women have started to decline after registering a marked increase in the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda in November last year.
Traveling solo becomes an inspiring experience when one embraces not just the place but the people one visits.
Instead of the worst-devastated areas of Leyte province, President Benigno Aquino III has chosen to visit Guiaun, Eastern Samar, and three other places on the eve of the first anniversary of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
A year after Typhoon Yolanda devastated large swaths of Eastern Visayas, much work remains to be done in various communities, particularly for children, education, shelter and preparedness for future disasters, says the NGO Plan International.
Millions of people in Asia, the world's most disaster-prone region, face the threat of major climate-linked disasters and food crises because government policies fail to protect them, Oxfam warned on Thursday.
Jove Elardo and his townmates' earnings further dwindled after fisherfolk from other areas in Eastern Samar came to their place, turning Hernani into a town of many boats and fishermen but with only a few fish to catch.
With an average classroom population of 45, close to 90,000 public school students in Eastern Visayas continue to attend classes in tents and other makeshift facilities with 1,999 classrooms still needing repair a year after super typhoon Yolanda.
Two activist lawmakers are seeking a congressional inquiry into the many questions they say remain unanswered, such as the final death toll, disbursement of funds, and slow rehabilitation efforts a year after super typhoon Yolanda wreaked havoc in the central Philippines.
Students of the Taytay Integrated School in Guiuan, Samar were excited to open their new classrooms that were funded by the EU and whose construction was managed by PLAN International.
In partnership with USAID and Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble plans to turn over 500 sari-sari stores to Yolanda survivors in Leyte.
The horrific devastation caused by super typhoon Yolanda was not the first time Leyte province has had to cope with a disaster of gargantuan proportions. On the morning of November 5, 1991, as tropical storm Uring whipped Eastern Visayas, a flashflood of mud, water and logs swept through Ormoc City.
A year since super typhoon Yolanda carved a path of death and destruction through the central Philippines, survivors of the disaster remain mired in difficult living conditions with government's rehabilitation programs not reaching them, a survey by an independent research group showed.
Filipino activist groups in the country and overseas are gearing up for protest actions over what they claim is the neglect government has shown to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda in the year since the storm struck provinces in the Visayas.
Don't be fooled by her size. The fairly diminutive Jonah Cortez is a community contractor in Barangay 62-A in Tacloban City, which like many parts of the town was devastated by typhoon Yolanda November last year.
Communities shattered by super typhoon Yolanda a year ago are starting to bustle again as a mega-reconstruction effort takes root, but millions of survivors still endure brutal poverty and are dangerously exposed to the next big storm.
Marking the first year anniversary of super typhoon Yolanda, Malacanang recently declared November 8, 2014, as special non-working day in the province of Leyte.
Many bunkhouses in Palo, Leyte have been abandoned by survivors of supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan), some of whom stayed for just a month. Worse, many of them are back with improvised shelters in areas designated by government as no-build zones.
The ordeal they underwent, punctuated by the images of death and destruction, of loved ones and homes lost,as super typhoon Yolanda laid waste to Tacloban City are forever etched in their minds even as they struggle to rebuild their shattered lives.
About 250,000 women were pregnant in areas hit by super typhoon Yolanda a year ago, and in the weeks that followed babies were born on shattered roads alongside corpses, in the rubble of destroyed buildings and other places where exhausted mothers lay without adequate or any medical care.
Climate advocates are demanding that world leaders 'make actions, not words' in confronting the climate crisis as they near the end of the 1,000-KM, 40-day journey from KM zero of the Philippines to 'Ground Zero' of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
PLDT spent P400 million for two fiber-in-the-loop areas in the Visayas.
A total of 2,263 dead bodies in Tacloban City have been processed for DNA cross matching by the personnel of the national and regional staff of the National Bureau of Investigation as of July this year at Holy Cross Cemetery in Barangay Basper.
(UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.) Ten days before the first year anniversary of super typhoon Yolanda, President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday approved the rehabilitation plan costing P167.9 billion.
Several days before the observance of All Souls' Day, some of the bereaved family members who survived super typhoon Yolanda visited their departed ones in mass graves on the grounds of Palo Cathedral and San Joaquin Parish Church, and in Barangay Solano.
It's almost a year to the biggest disaster created by super typhoon Yolanda, but a number of survivors still have not received their financial assistance from the Office of Civil Defense.
On November 8, exactly a year after the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda, a candle-lighting ceremony dubbed as "Yolanda Candle Light Memorial" will be held throughout the city.
Tacloban residents who continue to live in tents almost a year after typhoon Yolanda battered the city are complaining that they havenât received the rice rations that the DSWD promised to give to displaced and vulnerable people like them.
The ongoing removal of cargo ships that ran aground at Barangay 68, Anibong, in Tacloban City by super typhoon Yolanda's storm surges might extend until after Christmas, according to contractors hired by one of the ship owners.
Two veteran broadcasters in Tacloban City recently received death threats that they believe are related to their reportage and commentary on various issues, including issues raised against the Leyte provincial government and the efforts to rebuild areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) is optimistic of attaining "zero tent" before the first year anniversary of super typhoon Yolanda.
Almost a year after super typhoon Yolanda hit the country, government efforts for the recovery of the affected areas are moving very slowly, said research group Ibon.
President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday said the government is set to turn over next month 1,100 permanent housing units to communities affected by super typhoon Yolanda.
United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg will announce on Monday, Oct. 20, the establishment of the P176 million Micro Enterprise Disaster Assistance Fund for Resiliency, a loan package for Yolanda- affected businesses.
SB Corp has allotted P700 million for the Enterprise Rehabilitation Fund.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said it has started the implementation of an integrated oyster and milkfish farming project in a bid to restore livelihood in Central Visayas.
The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities is building a solar charging facility and a fleet of electric jeepneys in Tacloban City to introduce widespread acceptance and use of renewable energy.
The Philippines on Wednesday (New York time) urged the United States to approve its request for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to allow undocumented Filipinos in the US to help it rebuild much faster from the devastation of super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).
US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg says, on the part of USAID, there is no perceived misuse of money.
UPDATE 4:24PM-The House of Representatives should look into how the national government distributes relief during disasters following the disclosure that millions of pesos worth of goods intended for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda had either not reached them or gone to waste, a lawmaker said.
A project by the UNHCR and a lawyers' group has helped 80,000 Yolanda survivors practically rebuild their identities by reconstituting vital documents destroyed by the storm.
Most of the 84 families taking shelter at San Fernando Elementary School since super typhoon Yolanda are resigned to the possibility that they will spend the storm's first anniversary on November 8, there.
According to the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, corporations have committed as much as P23 billion for the Yolanda effort.
The typhoon-battered Daniel Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City will be closed temporarily for the repair of its runway, which is full of potholes.
The 2-storey, 4-classroom school building in Tanauan, Leyte
ICRC President Peter Maurer visits Red Cross projects in Samar in the aftermath of the monster storm Yolanda [International name Haiyan].
Ten million out of the 30-million euro grant would go to the DOH program in Typhoon Yolanda-hit areas.
The appointment of former Senator Panfilo Lacson as rehabilitation chief for Yolanda-devastated areas was a "stronger disaster," according to the fisher folk group Pamalakaya.
The Philippines can begin the massive implementation of rehabilitation in local government units (LGUs) affected by powerful typhoon "Yolanda" worth P96 billion, said a Palace official on Sunday.
The report below is from a progress update published by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on its web site - 'Philippines: Rebuilding storm-resilient shelters in Haiyan-stricken areas.'
'There will be a massive infusion of resources... We will have accomplished a lot between now and January,' says Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson.
Survivors of super typhoon Yolanda on Monday called Pres. Benigno Aquino III's account of government's response to the powerful storm 'lies.'
Smart Communications Inc said it has strengthened its network infrastructure to provide vital communication services even during extreme weather disturbances.
The World Bank on Tuesday announced that it would provide $62-million in aid for farming areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).
Good news for Filipino fisherfolk but not necessarily for those in areas ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) eight months ago.
Eight months after Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged Eastern and Central Visayas, groups assailed the Aquino administration for allegedly failing to address the needs of the victims of the November 8, 2013 super typhoon that left thousands either dead or homeless.
Specific details of the trip were not released, but Manila Archbishop Tagle said the pope viewed Asia as crucial in spreading the faith.
The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has waived the fees for newly-constructed motor bancas and fishing boats in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.
The maker of Human Nature beauty and skin care products is building a hundred homes for families in Ormoc City displaced by Typhoon Yolanda.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has called on relatives of those who perished during the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda to avail their ante-mortem identification procedure which is to wind up in July 12.
The World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) will harmonize their efforts to support the Philippines’ rehabilitation of areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda.
The Philippines has called on the biggest group of developing countries in the United Nations to work for incorporating disaster preparedness and response in the goal of sustainable development and poverty reduction.
At least 19 women were rescued after elements of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raided before dawn Wednesday a KTV bar that was allegedly operating "flesh trade" with recruits from calamity-stricken areas in the Visayas.
The Leyte chapter of the Philippine Red Cross is urging more blood donors following the successful blood donation activity held over the weekend in line with the celebration of the World Blood Donor Day (WBDD).
In the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda, children have been forced to leave school and work in "harsh, dangerous jobs," the joint assessment of the Child Protection and Education Cluster of humanitarian groups working in affected areas said.
The Catholic charity organization Caritas Manila is organizing a benefit concert for the reconstruction of churches and chapels destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda.
Presidential Assistant for Recovery and Rehabilitation (PARR) Panfilo Lacson is waiting for Malacanang's final approval of the post-Yolanda master rehabilitation plan before undertaking the massive government-led recovery efforts.
Still bearing the traditional Filipino banca design, the boat uses a fiberglass keel and is equipped with built-in buoyancy tanks and other features that help ensure durability.
President Benigno Aquino III has approved the release of P1.9 billion "to support the rehabilitation and recovery programs" of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Education (DepEd) for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda and the Bohol earthquake.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will launch on Monday several projects in this city to help rebuild communities flattened by last year's super typhoon Yolanda.
With tragedies caused by climate change becoming more frequent, devastating and larger in scale, President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday stressed the need to do more to reduce the risks from natural disasters.
The European Union has donated an additional 30 million euros (or P1.8 billion) for immediate reconstruction needs in Yolanda-hit areas.
Despite the first-quarter slowdown, the Philippine economy is likely to return to its growth path provided reconstruction in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda proceeds in earnest, according to a joint report of First Metro Investment Corp (FMIC) and University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P).
About 50 delegates from the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) went to Leyte Wednesday to see for themselves the devastation caused by super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) as a kickoff to the disaster risk reduction and management conference June 5 to 6.
Malacanang has authorized the release of almost P1 billion in fresh funding "to support the rehabilitation and reconstruction" of 35 state universities and colleges (SUCs) damaged by super typhoon Yolanda and other disasters that hit the country in 2013, Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo said Sunday.
Rehabilitation and reconstruction work in areas hit hard by super typhoon Yolanda continue even without the post-disaster needs assessment (PDNA) in every area affected by the calamity, Malacanang said on Saturday.
Lea Salonga, Charice, and apl.de.ap will lead a star-studded concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on June 15 to raise funds for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) that devastated central Philippines last year.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) will put up three months worth of SSS and PhilHealth contributions for people hired under the cash-for-work scheme in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.
The Department of Finance has cleared 11 local government units (LGUs) to borrow money for reconstruction work in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.
(UPDATE - 10:49 a.m.) The mother and her six children who died in a fire in a Tacloban tent city Wednesday should have moved to a resettlement site earlier, Secretary Corazon Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development said Thursday.
More than half of the amount that foreigners pledged for the rehabilitation of areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda has yet to materialize, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
World Bank finds the rehabilitation of the typhoon Yolanda-ravaged areas to be on track, Malacanang said Sunday.
There is no red tape behind the release of funds for typhoon Yolanda rehabilitation, Malacanang said Sunday.
Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez on Saturday disclosed that close to 5,000 families still need decent shelters six months after super typhoon Yolanda devastated the city.
Global Business Power Corp (GBPC) and Lafarge Republic Inc have teamed up to develop low cost cement for rehabilitation projects.
Work to remove three cargo ships dumped on Barangay 68 Anibong in Tacloban City by super typhoon Yolanda's storm surge last November 8 will finally begin starting Monday, almost seven months after the disaster.
Takers of the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) in Region VIII are still waiting for their results four months after the January 26 exams, even though the PRC and the Board for Professional Teachers announced in March that 23,153 other takers passed the exams.
Budget releases for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda already reached P32.2 billion as of the middle of May, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
The Japanese government will donate to the Philippines a mobile unit that can provide mobile broadband connectivity and other ICT-related services during times of calamity.
Skin infections among children living in temporary shelters in Estancia located at the tip of Northern Iloilo, a hard-hit town during super typhoon Yolanda's onslaught (international name: Haiyan) in Panay six months ago are worrying physicians at the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (IPHO).
The government-ordered reduction in prices at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) as well as plant shutdowns caused by Typhoon Yolanda reduced the first-quarter earnings of First Gen Corp.
Lorelei 'Lottie' Salarda, InterAksyon.com correspondent in Tacloban City who lost her home but kept doing her job, has been chosen one of the 20 recipients of the S.U.P.E.R. Awards for Media from the SM Foundation in recognition of her 'exceptional and heroic coverage of super typhoon Yolanda.'
Northern Samar Governor Jose Ong Jr. on Thursday filed a libel complaint against former Representative Raul Daza for allegedly claiming he was out of the country when super typhoon Yolanda struck and did nothing to help his constituents in the wake of the storm.
Classes in the areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda will resume on June 2, 2014, the Department of Education said as it remains committed to the rehabilitation and restoration of damaged school buildings and classrooms.
Parts of the Philippines laid waste by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) are showing signs of recovery six months later but years of work lie ahead, aid officials say.
The Philippines slipped one rung from last year's ranking in the State of the World's Mothers Index, international aid agency Save the Children said. It worries that with only half of facilities back six months after typhoon Yolanda, the state of mothers and children in affected sites may worsen.
Nearly six months after super typhoon Yolanda slammed into the central Philippines, foreign aid supporting the United Nations (UN) Strategic Response Plan (SRP) has already reached $441.26 or 56 percent of the $788 million target.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has committed to help in the reconstruction of the damaged municipal building and rural health unit (RHU) of Marabut, Samar.
The Philippines' first-quarter shipment of coconut oil slumped on the back of weak production brought about largely by last year's typhoon in major producing areas.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has signed a formal agreement with two experts to develop performance-based navigation procedures for Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban.
The Department of Health is planning to conduct an assessment of the mental health status of "Yolanda" survivors in Eastern Visayas as psychological problems are expected to evolve five months after the catastrophe.
Up to 200,000 survivors of last November’s deadly typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) are at risk of worsening poverty due to government relocation plans that have not factored in how they will later earn a living, the United Kingdom-based humanitarian organization Oxfam said.
Fish condominiums copied from high-rise residences mushrooming all over Metro Cebu could reverse the damage on marine resources in the Visayan Sea caused by super typhoon Yolanda and illegal fishing by serving as an alternative shelter for fishes in the area.
The Aquino administration has released P1.05 billion for farmers in areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda.
The National Grid Corp of the Philippines (NGCP) will soon replace the Panit-an-Nabas transmission line, one of the power facilities that sustained heavy damage during the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda last November.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has allocated a fresh P384.20 million for the cash for work program (CWP) in 84 local government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas affected by super typhoon Yolanda.
The Tulong Kapatid ng MVP Group, the coordinating outreach program of the companies headed by Manuel V. Pangilinan, gave out bancas, solar lamps, flashlights, fishing gear, mobile phones and other badly needed items at the annual celebration of the Capiz province fiesta.
A lawmaker asked the United States government to immediately grant the request of the Philippines for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for about 300,000 undocumented Filipinos in the US, citing humanitarian reasons in the Yolanda aftermath.
The Philippine economy may have grown above seven percent in the first quarter mainly due to the recovery of exports, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).
Amid statements by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) debunking reports by TV5 about relief goods for Yolanda victims found rotting in a DSWD warehouse in Leyte, the Kapatid network issued a statement on Monday saying it stood by its story.
For law students seeking "meaningful" internships for the summer, the Ateneo School of Government will recruit interns to service the legal needs of people, especially the poor, in Yolanda-affected areas, said Ateneo Law Dean Tony La Vina in his Facebook page.
To further enhance transparency mechanisms in government, 64 partner countries and seven multilateral organizations will be given access to the content management system of the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH) website.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development said on Monday it would file charges against an eatery owner who was caught selling rice packs labeled 'DSWD Relief Supplies, Not for Sale' in Tacloban City, Leyte
Life is getting back to normal in the storm-ravaged town of Palompon nearly five months after supper typhoon Yolanda, said Leyte 4th district Board Member Mesias Arevalo.
The Leyte V Electric Cooperative (Leyeco V) based in Ormoc City moved from the original March 31 deadline to April 15 the completion of infrastructure restoration works, following a recent accident that killed a lineman from Task Force Kapatid Bileco (Biliran Electric Cooperative).
Local legislators here are seeking to update Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) in this storm-ravaged city.
Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam, patron of the Singapore Red Cross, on Friday presented US$7.5 million in donations to SRC partners in the Philippines for rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts in areas damaged by super typhoon Yolanda.
Justice Secretary de Lima has assured groups opposed to the No-Build Zone policy in Eastern Visayas and other areas ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda that her office will conduct a legal study on the policy, which they said was illegal and displaces millions of fisher folk and their families.
The Philippine economy is likely to grow at the lower end of the government target for this year, according to a state-run think tank.
Rehabilitation of areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda led to a surge in government spending on infrastructure and other capital outlays in the first month of the year.
Slow reconstruction of Typhoon Yolanda-devastated areas in Visayas is seen to dampen Philippine economic growth in the first quarter, First Metro Investments Corp. (FMIC) and University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) said.
Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla and Mayor Alfred Romualdez aren't seeing eye to eye when it comes to solving the lingering problems in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban such as the city's still malfunctioning airport.
The Philippines is importing 800,000 metric tons of rice this year to boost its inventory.
(UPDATE 2, 11:58 p.m.) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Standard and Poor's (S&P) have revised upwards their forecasts for the Philippine economy.
The pork barrel scam has made the national government more careful in the release of Yolanda rehabilitation funds, Leyte Governor Leopoldo Petilla said Tuesday.
More than four months after super typhoon Yolanda struck, the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) regional office in Eastern Visayas is still waiting for the P113.43-million rehabilitation funds from the central government.
Super typhoon Yolanda and drought in Australia are among recent weather extremes consistent with manmade climate change, the UN's weather agency said Monday.
The Philippine unit of a Malaysian company has proposed to build a government center in Leyte as part of reconstruction efforts in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda last November.
The no-build zone policy of rehabilitation chief Panfilo Lacson is a "nightmare" to 100,000 fishermen in Yolanda-affected areas, keeping at least 800,000 people dependent on fishing from their source of livelihood, the fishermen's alliance Pamalakaya said Sunday.
Following reports that truckloads of rotten food meant for typhoon "Yolanda" survivors were buried after getting drenched in rainwater, Malacanang on Friday assured that the Department of Social Welfare and Development was already investigating the case.
Foreign exchange losses and lower sales pulled down First Gen Corp's profit last year.
Reconstruction efforts continue in the areas hit hard by super Typhoon Yolanda a few months ago, according to Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) Secretary Panfilo Lacson.
Janet Miranda did not just cheat death when Yolanda (Haiyan) battered her and her family in Tacloban City last year. She, too, survived another potentially life-threatening situation: giving birth all by herself inside a park.
Korea's Bosung Powertec Co Ltd has donated electrical equipment to electric cooperatives devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
The beauty of social media shines when those who have no access to it are helped by those who do - as shown in the victory of four online petitions that helped typhoon Yolanda survivors get positive responses to specific, basic problems like documenting death claims for their dead family members.
The government has slashed the cost of rebuilding areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda to a third of the initial estimate.
The government has reduced its farm sector growth target for this year, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The Philippine economy is likely to grow more than six percent through next year provided the government's reconstruction spending picks up, according to the World Bank.
The National Food Authority will investigate reports that rice stocks intended for victims of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) were being sold at a market in Tagbiliran City in Bohol province.
The Iglesia in Cristo (INC) on Friday broke ground for a housing project with livelihood components for its members from Leyte, especially in Tacloban City, who were displaced by super typhoon Yolanda.
Repair works are now ongoing for three bridges and a seawall that were destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda last year.
Earnings of Pacific Online Systems Corp fell by more than a fifth following a reduction in equipment lease income from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and foregone revenues brought about by a string of natural and man-made disasters.
Energy Development Corp (EDC) has brought back online another geothermal power facility at the Unified Leyte Geothermal Power Plant Complex in Leyte.
The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has issued The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has issued the rules governing the use of government funds for the rehabilitation and restoration of electric cooperatives' facilities in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.
As survivors commemorate the fourth month since Typhoon Yolanda struck the Visayas region, results of the latest IBON survey show that most Filipinos think that the national government's disaster risk reduction preparation and response to the super typhoon is not enough.
The administration said it remains determined to carry out rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts in areas affected by typhoon "Yolanda" and appealed to all sectors to work together.
Malacanang assured on Saturday that the government has not lost its sense of urgency in pursuing rehabilitation efforts for the victims of typhoon âYolandaâ since it hit the Visayas in November 2013.
Economic growth in the first three months of the year likely slowed from the fourth quarter of last year, according to First Metro Investment Corp (FMIC) and University of Asia & and the Pacific (UA&P).
A night dedicated to the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda and to the Israelis who came to assist them, international singer-songwriter Paula Valstein with special guest appearance of Filipino musician Bamboo Manalac both performed last night at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza.
Budget Secretary Florencio Abad on Tuesday announced the release of some P1.71 billion to the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) to support the rehabilitation of fishing communities struck by typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.
(UPDATED 7:35 p.m.) Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co (PLDT) on Tuesday said it would increase its capital expenditures by a tenth this year, as it hit its 2013 earnings target even after losses from Typhoon Yolanda and a strong peso weighed on profitability in the fourth quarter.
Losses resulting from Typhoon Yolanda's onslaught and foreign currency fluctuations pulled down the profit of the country's biggest geothermal energy producer by almost half in 2013.
Bodies are still being found under the wreckage almost four months after Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines as survivors struggle to rebuild their lives, officials said Thursday.
Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co (PLDT) on Thursday said it would stop next month providing free landline calls in typhoon-hit areas of the Visayas.
Domestic air travel contracted for the first time in nearly a decade mostly because of a series of natural and man-made calamities.
Smart bags two awards at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona for Yolanda disaster response efforts, SmartNet
Smart Communications won two consecutive awards in two separate events at the Mobile World Congress 2014 (MWC), the world's biggest mobile event currently ongoing in Barcelona, Spain.
Jessica Macabares Cox, the Filipina-American pilot who became the world's first armless person to receive a flying license in the United States, arrived at the NAIA terminal 1 Monday evening on board Japan Airlines flight Jal745 accompanied by husband Patrick Chamberlain.
Albom, Grisham, Collins, Kinney, Chbosky,Kinsella pledge books for Yolanda-hit libraries in Tacloban
International bestselling authors John Grisham, Suzanne Collins, Jeff Kinney, Stephen Chbosky, and Mitch Albom have pledged books to help replenish school libraries in typhoon-devastated Tacloban, Albom announced over Twitter on Saturday morning.
The Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCCI) on Thursday turned over P2 million for Iloilo’s “Adopt a Fisherman” project to help 100 fishermen who lost their boats at the height of typhoon Yolanda get back to their livelihood.
The Senate on Wednesday approved a resolution filed by Senator Nancy Binay commending 10 soldiers, considered as Yolanda heroes, for risking their lives to save the residents of Guiuan, Samar from the wrath of the super typhoon that hit the country last Nov. 8.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said it needs $16.2 million to address the reproductive health and protection needs of some 3.5 million women and girls of child-bearing age affected by super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas.
The government is organizing a multi-donor trust fund for the reconstruction of areas devastated by Typhoon 'Yolanda'.
Pacific Online Systems Corp has restored half of its terminals in Eastern Visayas, which last November took a beating from Typhoon 'Yolanda'.
Fifty-five fiberglass fishing boats were turned over by the Negrense Volunteers for Change (NVC) to fishermen of Barangays 88, 89, and 90 in Tacloban City over the weekend.
A multi-stakeholder consultative meeting will be conducted by the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) together with other international organizations to chart a livelihood recovery plan for coconut farmers in the region affected by typhoon Yolanda.
Malacanang on Sunday said that it welcomes suggestions on ways for the government to improve their response and assistance for survivors of typhoon “Yolanda”.
Malacanang on Sunday gave updates from assigned government agencies on the rehabilitation plan for areas hit by typhoon "Yolanda" November last year.
After setting the world record for the longest charity walk staged in one venue, Malacanang on Sunday congratulated the Iglesia ni Cristo religious group noting the deeper purpose of the event.
As poor coconut farmers continue to reel from the tragedy caused by super typhoon Yolanda, non-government organizations help the victims by providing them trainings on how to start earning a living again.
As the Philippines marks on Sunday the 100 days of Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda), which ravaged the country on Nov. 8, the United Nations (UN) on Saturday called for more support to rebuild the lives of millions of victims in the devastated areas.
Thousands of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) members joined the “Worldwide Walk” in Manila Saturday.
(UPDATE 3 - 6:05 p.m.) The United Nations warned on Saturday that millions of survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) were still without adequate shelter 100 days after the disaster.
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has devised a new mechanism that would aid hospitals in Eastern Visayas reeling from the devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda.
Football legend and former LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham arrived at Cebu-Mactan International Airport via Hong Kong at 11 a.m. Thursday on board Cathay Pacific flight CX 931.
Robinsons Land Corp (RLC) registered a double-digit drop in profit in the first quarter of its 2014 fiscal year after incurring typhoon and fire losses.
(UPDATED - 5:37 p.m.) The Supreme Court has denied a petition against an order of President Benigno Aquino III specifying the functions of the presidential assistant for rehabilitation and recovery, the post assigned to former senator Panfilo Lacson.
Close to P18 billion in government funds has been released for the relief and rehabilitation of areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
The Philippines took to social media and bought ad space in the world's most prominent strips Saturday to thank the global community for its help three months after a devastating typhoon that killed 8,000 people.
Almost three months after super typhoon Yolanda flattened most provinces in the Visayas, the private company operating the country's power grid has completed restoration of the damaged facilities.
DPWH chief Rogelio Singson on Thursday admitted before a Senate panel that there were deviations in the choice of materials and construction method for the building of bunkhouses in Yolanda-hit areas. But he was quick to add that the construction of the bunkhouses was not overpriced.
(UPDATED - 5:50 p.m.) Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Secretary Panfilo Lacson failed to attend the Senate Committee on Public Works' inquiry into the alleged overpriced and substandard bunkhouses built for survivor of super typhoon Yolanda.
What makes a perfect emergency shelter? For experts at the Department of Science and Technology, it should be sturdy and secure, versatile and mobile, and affordable. It should be easily and quickly assembled as a tent and its materials should be locally available.
The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. has signed a memorandum of agreement with the provincial government of Leyte for the construction of 500 houses and five barrio schools for the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda.
Despite some calls by typhoon 'Yolanda' survivors for the abolition of the no-build zone policy, Malacanang on Sunday has remained firm in keeping its policy for the safety of residents.
With a 20,000-hour deadline, the Aquino administration has enlisted the help of the country’s big conglomerates to expedite the rehabilitation of areas devastated by Typhoon ‘Yolanda’.
Hundreds of people who survived Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) are bracing for a new storm that is expected to hit the central Philippines late Friday, officials said.
One out of five Filipinos is covered by micro-insurance, making the Philippines the country with the highest coverage in Asia.
Consumer spending and the post-Yolanda reconstruction will be the main drivers of economic expansion this year, according to executives of Sun Life Philippines.
(UPDATE 5, 7:17 p.m.) The Philippines' gross domestic product (GDP) grew 6.5 percent in the fourth quarter to end the year with growth above the government's target for 2013 and among the fastest in Asia.
(UPDATE 3, 7:15 p.m.) The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) moved to assuage markets after Philippine share prices dove following the US Federal Reserve's decision last night to further taper its economic stimulus.
Filipinos remain the second most optimistic consumers in Southeast Asia, but their outlook has been tempered by the devastation caused by Typhoon 'Yolanda', marketing research firm Nielsen said today.
(UPDATE - 8:35 p.m.) The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council's record of deaths caused by super typhoon Yolanda in November has stalled at 6,201 since January 14 although bodies continue to be recovered.
His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden will donate over US$ 100, 000 (P 4 million) to victims affected by typhoon âYolandaâ which made a landfall November last year.
Private sector economists see inflation picking up this year after the damage to agriculture caused by Typhoon Yolanda, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
The Senate committee on public works has summoned Rehabilitation and Recover Secretary Panfilo Lacson and Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson to its probe on the alleged anomalous construction of temporary shelters for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda.
(UPDATED 11:38 p.m.) The government is farming out typhoon-devastated areas among top companies that will take the lead in the reconstruction effort.
Lacson says 10 politicians pocketed kickbacks from substandard bunkhouses in Yolanda-hit areas - report
Former senator Panfilo Lacson, currently presidential assistant for rehabilitation and recovery, has already identified the politicians who allegedly benefitted from the construction of substandard bunkhouses in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban City.
Survivors of super typhoon Yolanda gave President Benigno Aquino III a higher satisfaction rating than Filipinos in areas not affected by the storm, survey firm Social Weather Stations said Thursday.