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ALMOST 1 YEAR AFTER | Ibon data show slow govt response in Yolanda-affected areas

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.

Govt to turn over 1,100 housing units to Yolanda survivors next month, says President Aquino

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.

US envoy to announce P176-M loan for Yolanda-affected enterprises

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.

Government sets up loan program to help SMEs in Yolanda-stricken areas recover

SB Corp has allotted P700 million for the Enterprise Rehabilitation Fund.

JICA boosts aquaculture support in Yolanda-hit areas

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.

Bringing the sun into the lives of Typhoon Yolanda survivors

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.

PH asks US again: Allow TNTs to temporarily work in US and help in Yolanda rehab

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).

USAID monitors Yolanda aid closely; Goldberg 'satisfied'

US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg says, on the part of USAID, there is no perceived misuse of money.

House urged to probe waste of millions' worth of relief for Yolanda victims

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.

UN, lawyers group help Yolanda survivors rebuild identities

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.

Yolanda survivors don't relish thought of another Christmas in evacuation center

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.

CSR alive and kicking in 'Yolanda' areas despite gov't red tape

According to the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, corporations have committed as much as P23 billion for the Yolanda effort.

Tacloban airport to be temporarily shut due to potholes on runway

The typhoon-battered Daniel Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City will be closed temporarily for the repair of its runway, which is full of potholes.

PSE, SM tie up to build school in Yolanda-hit area

The 2-storey, 4-classroom school building in Tanauan, Leyte

ICRC head visits Typhoon Haiyan [Yolanda] project in Samar

ICRC President Peter Maurer visits Red Cross projects in Samar in the aftermath of the monster storm Yolanda [International name Haiyan].

EU provides 30-million euro grant for Philippine health sector reform

Ten million out of the 30-million euro grant would go to the DOH program in Typhoon Yolanda-hit areas.

Lacson's appointment as Yolanda rehab chief 'a disaster' - fisher folk group

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.

Palace: PH can start rehabilitation of 'Yolanda' -hit LGUs

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.

PHOTOS | ICRC, PRC working to help Samar's Yolanda folk rebuild better

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.'

Lacson: About P171B to rebuild after Yolanda

'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.

SONA 2014 | Yolanda survivors score Aquino for 'lying' about govt response to super storm

Survivors of super typhoon Yolanda on Monday called Pres. Benigno Aquino III's account of government's response to the powerful storm 'lies.'

Redesign of telecom network key to climate change response -- Smart exec

Smart Communications Inc said it has strengthened its network infrastructure to provide vital communication services even during extreme weather disturbances.

World Bank plans $62-million rehab aid for Yolanda farm areas

The World Bank on Tuesday announced that it would provide $62-million in aid for farming areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

PH gov't says rate of poverty incidence among fisherfolk declines but...

Good news for Filipino fisherfolk but not necessarily for those in areas ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) eight months ago.

ASAN ANG TULONG? ASAN ANG PERA? | Disgruntled groups helping Yolanda victims ask PNoy

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.

Pope Francis to visit Yolanda survivors

Specific details of the trip were not released, but Manila Archbishop Tagle said the pope viewed Asia as crucial in spreading the faith.

Marina waives registration fees on fishing boats in Yolanda-hit areas

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has waived the fees for newly-constructed motor bancas and fishing boats in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.

Human Nature building 100 homes for Yolanda survivors in Ormoc

The maker of Human Nature beauty and skin care products is building a hundred homes for families in Ormoc City displaced by Typhoon Yolanda.

NBI calls on relatives of dead, missing Yolanda victims to avail of ante-mortem identification

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.

World Bank, ADB agree to coordinate Yolanda efforts

The World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) will harmonize their efforts to support the Philippines’ rehabilitation of areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda.

Philippines' chief economist prods developing peers for renewed push on disaster preparedness

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.

19 women from calamity-stricken Visayas rescued in NBI raid of 'flesh trade' bar in Pasay City

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.

More blood donors needed in Yolanda-hit areas

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).

WORLD DAY VS CHILD LABOR TOO | Yolanda forced children to leave school, work in dangerous jobs

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.

VIDEO | Help rebuild churches in Yolanda areas, attend benefit concert tonight at Manila Cathedral

The Catholic charity organization Caritas Manila is organizing a benefit concert for the reconstruction of churches and chapels destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda.

PARR awaits President's approval of Yolanda master rehab plan

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.

BFAR, FAO develop hybrid boats for Yolanda-affected fishermen

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.

Palace OKs P1.9 billion for Yolanda, Bohol quake rehab

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.

USAID to launch rebuilding projects in Tacloban

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.

NO SHORTCUTS | PNoy tells ASEM more must be done to reduce climate-change risks

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.

'WE ARE FILIPINOS' | EU gives P1.8 billion more for health reform, Yolanda rehab efforts

The European Union has donated an additional 30 million euros (or P1.8 billion) for immediate reconstruction needs in Yolanda-hit areas.

Reconstruction effort, exports to bring back PH economy to growth path -- FMIC-UA&P

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).

50 Asians, Europeans see Yolanda devastation firsthand to kick off disaster conference

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.

Palace OKs P1-billion for 35 state universities, colleges hit by Yolanda

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.

Even without assessment, Yolanda rehab, reconstruction continue to move forward - Palace

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.

ATTENTION, FIL-AMS | Lea Salonga, Charice, apl.de.ap lead US concert for Yolanda survivors

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.

ILO provides SSS, Philhealth subsidy for select workers in Yolanda-devastated areas

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.

DOF approves loan applications of 11 LGUs in Yolanda-devasted areas

The Department of Finance has cleared 11 local government units (LGUs) to borrow money for reconstruction work in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.

WHAT HAPPENED? Killed family in Tacloban tent city fire should have relocated but...

(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.

Long on talk? More than half of foreign pledges for Yolanda rehab yet to materialize

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).

Rehabilitation of typhoon Yolanda-affected areas is on target, says World Bank

World Bank finds the rehabilitation of the typhoon Yolanda-ravaged areas to be on track, Malacanang said Sunday.

Palace: No red tape in release of Yolanda rehab funds

There is no red tape behind the release of funds for typhoon Yolanda rehabilitation, Malacanang said Sunday.

Close to 5,000 families in Tacloban hit by 'Yolanda' need decent shelters, says mayor

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 Power, Lafarge Republic develop low-cost cement for disaster rehab projects

Global Business Power Corp (GBPC) and Lafarge Republic Inc have teamed up to develop low cost cement for rehabilitation projects.

SA WAKAS | Work to remove grounded Tacloban ships starts Monday

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.

NA-YOLANDA | Complete LET results still not out in Eastern Visayas; examinees worry

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.

Gov't releases P32.2 billion for Yolanda rehab as of mid-May

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).

Japan to donate mobile broadband unit for disaster response

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 stalk Yolanda victims in Estancia

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).

Recalculation of WESM prices, Yolanda damage erode First Gen's earnings

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.

InterAksyon.com correspondent, TV5's Tulfo and Dorango among SM 'Super' journalists

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 gov slaps libel rap vs ex-Rep. Raul Daza

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.

DepEd assures regular resumption of classes in Yolanda-affected areas

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.

Years of hardship loom in typhoon-ravaged Philippines

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.

PH slips in State of the World's Mothers Index; post-Yolanda woes worsen fate of moms, infants

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.

GUESS | What are the top 9 country donors to UN Yolanda effort?

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.

JICA to help rebuild Marabut, Samar municipal hall and rural health unit

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.

Coconut oil exports slump in 1Q

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.

Honeywell Aerospace, Hughes Aerospace to build new navigational aid for Tacloban airport

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.

MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS RISING | DOH mulls assessment of Yolanda survivors

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.

200,000 Yolanda survivors want jobs, but livelihood not part of govt relocation plans - Oxfam

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 CONDOS, ANUYUN? Alternative fish shelter introduced in Cebu after Yolanda coral destruction

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.

P1.05 billion released for Yolanda-affected farmers – budget chief Abad

The Aquino administration has released P1.05 billion for farmers in areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

NGCP to replace Panay Island transmission line

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.

DSWD allocates P384M for cash-for-work program in Western Visayas

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.

CAPIZTAHAN | Tulong Kapatid helps typhoon-affected Capiz folk celebrate their fiesta

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.

Samar solon to US envoy: Give 300,000 TNTs in US reprieve due to Yolanda

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.

PH economy likely grew more than 7 pct in 1Q on exports rebound -- DOF

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).

TV5 stands by story of relief goods found rotting in DSWD warehouse in Leyte

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.

YOLANDA SURVIVORS NEED YOU | Ateneo opens 'meaningful' summer internships for law students

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.

PH gov't gives partner countries access to content management of FAiTH website

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.

Tacloban eatery owner facing charges for selling DSWD relief rice packs

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

Lawmaker observes post-Yolanda normalcy in some Leyte towns

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.

Leyte electric coop extends power restoration deadline after fatal accidental electrocution

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).

City legislators seek updating of Tacloban land use plan

Local legislators here are seeking to update Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) in this storm-ravaged city.

Singaporean leader donates $7.5 million to rebuild Visayas region

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.

DoJ conducting legal study on No-Build Zone policy, critics say

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.

State think tank sees PH growing within target despite BSP tightening

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.

Post-Yolanda rehab boosts gov't spending in January

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.

Expect Yolanda to dampen 1Q economic growth -- FMIC-UA&P report

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.

TAO NGA DI MAILIPAT, AIRPORT PA? Tacloban mayor rebuffs gov's proposal to transfer airport

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.

Gov't allows foreign private firms to join 800,000-ton rice tender

The Philippines is importing 800,000 metric tons of rice this year to boost its inventory.

IMF, S&P hike Philippine economic growth forecasts

(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.

Why the delay in fund releases for Yolanda rehab? Leyte governor has an answer

The pork barrel scam has made the national government more careful in the release of Yolanda rehabilitation funds, Leyte Governor Leopoldo Petilla said Tuesday.

Where is the P113.4-M post-Yolanda abaca rehab fund? PhilFIDA in Eastern Visayas asks

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.

Weather extremes, including Yolanda, 'consistent' with manmade climate change - UN

Super typhoon Yolanda and drought in Australia are among recent weather extremes consistent with manmade climate change, the UN's weather agency said Monday.

Malaysian firm offers to build regional govt center in typhoon-battered Leyte under PPP

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.

No-build zone policy displaces 10.8 million people in Yolanda, non-Yolanda areas - Pamalakaya

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.

Palace says DWSD already investigating reports on dumping of Yolanda relief goods

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.

Yolanda disruption, forex losses weigh on First Gen's earnings

Foreign exchange losses and lower sales pulled down First Gen Corp's profit last year.

Reconstruction efforts in typhoon-hit areas continue - Lacson

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.

Yolanda survivor gets through another ordeal: Giving birth by herself inside QC park

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 donates equipment for rehab of Yolanda-damaged electric coops

Korea's Bosung Powertec Co Ltd has donated electrical equipment to electric cooperatives devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

PEOPLE'S PETITIONS | Yolanda victims score big wins with help from social media

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.

Gov't slashes cost of post-Yolanda reconstruction to a third of initial estimate

The government has slashed the cost of rebuilding areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda to a third of the initial estimate.

Agriculture targets scaled down

The government has reduced its farm sector growth target for this year, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

World Bank sees above 6 pct economic growth for PH through next year

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.

NFA to probe reports on sale of 'Yolanda' rice in Bohol

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.

INC starts housing, eco-farming projects for Yolanda survivors in Leyte

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.

DPWH 8 starts repair of bridges destroyed by Yolanda

Repair works are now ongoing for three bridges and a seawall that were destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda last year.

Lower lease rates, disasters erode Pacific Online's 2013 earnings

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.

One more unit of Unified Leyte Geothermal Power Complex back online

Energy Development Corp (EDC) has brought back online another geothermal power facility at the Unified Leyte Geothermal Power Plant Complex in Leyte.

NEA issues rules for grant of subsidy to electric coops in Yolanda-devastated areas

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.

FAIL | Most Filipinos think govt response to Yolanda damage inadequate – poll

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.

Palace says government working with urgency to rebuild typhoon-devastated areas

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.

Govt has not lost its sense of urgency in 'Yolanda' rehab efforts - Palace

Malacanang assured on Saturday that the government has not lost its sense of urgency in pursuing rehabilitation efforts for the victims of typhoon “Yolanda” since it hit the Visayas in November 2013.

Slight dip in PH economic growth seen in 1Q before above-trend expansion resumes

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).

PHOTO | Bamboo, Israel's Paula Valstein team up for Yolanda concert

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.

DBM releases another P1.7-B for reviving livelihood in Yolanda-hit areas

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.

PLDT allots 10 pct more for capex this year after hitting 2013 profit goal

(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.

Typhoon Yolanda, forex volatility weigh on EDC's bottomline

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 still being found in debris of Yolanda, even as government count stands unmoved

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.

PLDT ends free landline call service in Yolanda-hit areas next month

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.

A FIRST IN 10 YEARS | Domestic air travel contracts, as calamities take toll on passenger traffic

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.

Armless Fil-Am pilot to raise funds for Yolanda survivors

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.

Fil-Chi businessmen donate P2 million to buy boats for 100 Yolanda-affected fishermen in Iloilo

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.

YOLANDA HEROES | Senate commends 10 soldiers for 'incredible acts of bravery'

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.

$16.2M needed to address RH needs of 3.5M 'Yolanda' female survivors - UNFPA

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.

ADB, World Bank to help organize multi-donor trust fund for 'Yolanda' reconstruction

The government is organizing a multi-donor trust fund for the reconstruction of areas devastated by Typhoon 'Yolanda'.

Half of Pacific Online's lotto terminals in Eastern Visayas back online

Pacific Online Systems Corp has restored half of its terminals in Eastern Visayas, which last November took a beating from Typhoon 'Yolanda'.

NGO gives 55 fiberglass boats to Tacloban fishermen

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.

100 DAYS AFTER YOLANDA | Consultation to chart recovery plans for coconut farmers

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.

Palace welcomes suggestions on how to improve response and assistance for 'Yolanda' survivors

Malacanang on Sunday said that it welcomes suggestions on ways for the government to improve their response and assistance for survivors of typhoon “Yolanda”.

Palace assures post-'Yolanda' rehab plan still in the works

Malacanang on Sunday gave updates from assigned government agencies on the rehabilitation plan for areas hit by typhoon "Yolanda" November last year.

Palace congratulates Iglesia ni Cristo for “showing solidarity” through charity walk

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.

100 DAYS AFTER YOLANDA: Amid millions of dead trees, Leyte's poor coconut farmers rise up for life

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.

UN asks for more assistance for Philippine typhoon survivors

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.

Partial unofficial count show 96,000 join INC's Walk for a Cause; still counting

Thousands of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) members joined the “Worldwide Walk” in Manila Saturday.

100 DAYS AFTER | Needs of Yolanda survivors remain 'enormous' - UN

(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.

PhilHealth in E. Visayas advances payment to aid rehab of health facilities

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.

HELPING YOLANDA SURVIVORS | Football superstar David Beckham goes to Tacloban

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's Oct-Dec profit tumbles on losses from typhoon, fire

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.

SC junks plea questioning Lacson's function as rehab czar

(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.

DBM releases nearly P18 billion for post-Yolanda rehab

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).

VIDEO | Three months after 'Yolanda', Philippines says 'Thank You' to the world

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.

NGCP reconnects last Leyte electric coop to grid 3 months after 'Yolanda'

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 admits deviations in construction method, materials used for Yolanda bunkhouses

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.

Lacson fails to attend Senate probe on overpriced Yolanda bunkhouses

(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.

PHOTO | DOST builds F-House for emergency shelter

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.

Fil-Chi bizmen to build 500 houses for Yolanda survivors

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.

Palace remains firm in keeping no-build zone policy

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.

Top conglomerates 'adopt' 18 out of 24 typhoon-devastated areas

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’.

Yolanda survivors brace for Basyang

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.

Philippines is top micro-insurance market in Asia

One out of five Filipinos is covered by micro-insurance, making the Philippines the country with the highest coverage in Asia.

Consumer spending, post-Yolanda rebuilding to drive PH economy in 2014 -- Sun Life

Consumer spending and the post-Yolanda reconstruction will be the main drivers of economic expansion this year, according to executives of Sun Life Philippines.

PH economy shines despite calamity, ends 2013 among Asia's fastest-growing

(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.

BSP tries to calm markets as PH stocks, peso dive after Fed cuts stimulus again

(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.

Pinoys still among most optimistic consumers even as 'Yolanda' tempers outlook -- Nielsen

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.

NDRRMC's Yolanda count stalls at 6,201 dead even as bodies still being recovered

(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.

King of Sweden to donate over US$ 100-K to Yolanda survivors

His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden will donate over US$ 100, 000 (P 4 million) to victims affected by typhoon “Yolanda” which made a landfall November last year.

Private-sector economists expect higher inflation in 2014

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).

Senate to summon Lacson, Singson on probe of overpriced Yolanda bunkhouses

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.

PLDT takes lead in rebuilding Tacloban, as gov't farms out other areas to top firms

(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.

SURVIVOR | Yolanda victims give PNoy high ratings - SWS survey

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.

PHOTO | Civil gestures between Romualdez, Roxas

Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez (left) and Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II on Thursday shook hands at the start of the Senate hearing on government actions in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda. Photo taken by Jamin Verde

IMF nudges up Philippine growth forecast, cites 'Yolanda' reconstruction

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has upgraded its forecast for the Philippine economy this year, citing the expected reconstruction of calamity areas and an exports recovery.

Farm production falls short of 2013 target

Philippine farm output fell short of the government's target in 2013 after a series of calamities cut crop production.

UN tips PH economic growth to outpace neighbors in 2014

The Philippine economy again will grow faster than its neighbors but is unlikely to meet its target in 2014, according to the United Nations.

FIRST PERSON ACCOUNT | A life worth living

After years of helping out overseas, a Filipino doctor with Medecins Sans Frontieres recounts his stint with the medical charity's relief efforts in his home country in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda.

Pasay tent city closes as 93 Yolanda survivors go home to Eastern Visayas

After staying for almost two months in Metro Manila, 93 Yolanda survivors at the so-called tent city in Pasay on Tuesday went home to Eastern Visayas.

25,039 employed in DOLE cash-for-work program in Yolanda-hit areas - Baldoz

As of 31 December 2013, a total of 25,039 Filipino workers benefited from the labor department’s cash-for-work program, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said in a news release Tuesday.

FIRST PERSON ACCOUNT | Yolanda leaves Paradise badly bruised and beaten, but still beautiful

After years of helping out overseas, a Filipino doctor with Medecins Sans Frontieres recounts his stint with the medical charity's relief efforts in his home country in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda.

26 Yolanda evacuee-families to return to Tacloban - report

Twenty-six families who left the devastation brought by super typhoon Yolanda are returning to Tacloban, a radio report said Monday.

Unicef picks 2 of 13 Cebu typhoon-hit towns as priority for assistance

The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has chosen Bantayan and Daanbantayan towns, two of 13 towns in northern Cebu severely devastated by super typhoon Yolanda last Nov. 8, as priority areas to receive assistance from the organization.

Fil-Ams prod US on PH request for temporary protected status due to Yolanda

With the seeming lack of action by the United States government on the Philippines’ request for Temporary Protected Status, several Filipino-American organizations in the New York-New Jersey area have banded together last week to press for the immediate granting of the request made due to Yolanda.

EDC finishes repairs on 4th unit of Unified Leyte geothermal power complex

Energy Development Corp (EDC) has completed repairs on a portion of the Malitbog geothermal power plant at the Unified Leyte Geothermal Power complex in Leyte.

DAHIL LAGING MAY BAGYO | Solons propose permanent evacuation centers

Battered by natural calamities every year, the Philippines should have permanent evacuation centers in barangays to accommodate displaced families, two lawmakers said.

HSBC recommends buying PH stocks after typhoon fails to dent economy

While the Philippines sustained economic growth despite natural disasters, the country has to step up infrastructure spending, which would be crucial as the next source of growth, according to HSBC.

WHERE'S THE MONEY? 2 months after 'Yolanda', gov't yet to receive foreign pledges

(UPDATED 10:37 p.m.) More than two months after Typhoon 'Yolanda' struck, the government has yet to receive bulk of the cash pledges made by foreign donors to help rebuild the devastated areas.

PHOTO | Purification plant from Germany provides 1.9-million liters of water to Yolanda survivors

The German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) has set up a water purification plant in Santa Fe, Bantayan Island in Cebu that has provided 1.9 million liters of drinking water to survivors of super typhoon Yolanda, the German embassy here said in a news release.

Gov't spending likely got a lift from calamities, says Budget chief

Relief and rehabilitation efforts in areas devastated by a series of calamities both natural and man-made likely boosted government spending last month, according to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.

World Bank cuts PH growth forecast for 2013-2014 on typhoon impact

The World Bank on Wednesday cut its economic growth forecast for the Philippines for 2013 and this year after Typhoon Haiyan (local name 'Yolanda') struck the central part of the country.

Remittances increase at record pace in Nov

Remittances grew at their fastest pace last November, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said today.

SL Agritech offers seeds in 'plant now, pay later' program for 'Yolanda' survivors

SL Agritech Corp will provide hybrid seeds to farmers in areas devastated by Typhoon 'Yolanda' under the "Plant Now, Pay Later" program of the Department of Agriculture.

150 Tacloban kids treated to Enchanted Kingdom rides

Gloom turned to joy for some 150 Tacloban City children who survived super typhoon Yolanda after Santa Rosa City Mayor Arlene Arcillas treated them to a weekend of fun at the city's famous amusement park Enchanted Kingdom.

Coconut oil shipments surpass 2013 target despite 'Yolanda' damage

Despite the devastation caused by Typhoon 'Yolanda', Philippine exports of coconut oil (CNO) surpassed the industry's target for 2013.

'Yolanda' likely cut PH economic growth to 6 pct in 4Q, says FMIC

The devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda is expected to have dampened Philippine economic growth in the fourth quarter, First Metro Investment Corp (FMIC) said.

P2.8B released for rehab of Yolanda-damaged coconut farms as PCA speeds up clearing operations

Malacanang Palace has released P2.8 billion for the rehabilitation of coconut farms, among the hardest hit by super typhoon Yolanda, in all affected areas, Philippine Coconut Authority Administrator Atty. Euclides Forbes said Monday.

Govt asked to protect Yolanda girls, women from traffickers

The party-list group Gabriela on Monday expressed alarm over reports of trafficking and violence against women in areas stricken by typhoon Yolanda and other natural disasters, and exhorted the government to put in place programs to protect the survivors.

PNoy declares January 20 national day of prayer and solidarity

Following the series of calamities that tested the country's resilience last year, President Benigno Aquino III has declared January 20 as National Day of Prayer and Solidarity.

'WAG PAGKAKITAAN ANG MGA NA-YOLANDA' | Let people, not corporations, decide how to rebuild

Should disasters like Yolanda be viewed as "exciting marketing opportunities"? This piece reiterates the people's call to be included in the process of rebuilding their communities.

British charity seeks probe of post-Yolanda trafficking after 5 Samar girls recruited

A UK-based children's charity has asked the Philippine government to investigate the suspected recruitment of child workers for sex trafficking in a region devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda, an aid official said Saturday.

COCKTALES | Ice cream returns to Tacloban

With electricity restored on January 1, Robinsons Tacloban has finally managed to crank up and refill the supermarkets' refrigerated section with dairy products, shipped all the way from Manila.

Factories ramp up production in Nov

Factories in the Philippines ramped up production last November, led by the chemical products as well as furniture and fixtures industries.

'THE SEA WASHED IT AWAY' | On the ground after Typhoon Haiyan

More than 6,000 dead, almost 2,000 missing. Four million displaced, more than 100,000 in evacuation centers. But as survivors struggle to pick up the pieces and rebuild - many on the ruins of their old homes and near mass graves - stories of courage and resilience in the face of catastrophe emerge.

Philippine economic growth to outpace China in 2015, says Credit Agricole

While it would slow down this year, the Philippine economy will outpace China and the rest of Asia next year, according to Credit Agricole.

440,000 farmers assured: All coconut trees destroyed by Yolanda will be replaced in 10 years

The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) assured 440,000 farmers that all damaged coconut trees along Yolanda’s path will be replaced in the next 10 years to ensure pre-typhoon production levels.

5 Philippine seaports up for rehab ahead of Asean common market

State-run Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) will modernize major ports this year in preparation for the Asean Economic Cooperation, which starts 2015.

2 months after 'Yolanda', Pasar copper smelter reconnected to power grid

The National Grid Corp of the Philippines (NGCP) has restored the power transmission lines delivering electricity to the country's only copper smelter and refinery in Leyte.

Gov't releases P3.93B subsidy for repairs of Yolanda-hit electric coops

The government is subsidizing the repairs of electric cooperatives whose facilities were devastated by Typhoon 'Yolanda'.

TRABAHO ABROAD | Massive job fair for Yolanda survivors set on January 21-22 in Tacloban

Responding to the clamor of Yolanda survivors for decent jobs that could help them rebuild their lives, licensed Philippine recruitment agencies have organized a massive job fair in Tacloban on 21-22 January 2014, according to their news release

DAY 60 | NDRRMC records 17 more Yolanda deaths

The death count from the super typhoon Yolanda resumed with 17 more fatalities added into the official tally board of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday.

DPWH chief: Contractors won't get paid for substandard bunkhouses

Contractors tasked to build bunkhouses for survivors of super typhoon "Yolanda" will not get paid if their work is substandard, the Department of Public Works and Highways reassured the public Monday.

TRAUMATIZED | Schools reopen in Yolanda-hit areas, but only half of pupils are back

Schools reopened Monday in badly damaged central Philippine towns for the first time since one of the world's strongest storms ever to hit land killed thousands two months ago.

DPWH chief offers to resign if overpricing of Yolanda bunkhouses proven true

(UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.) Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson on Monday offered to resign if the overpricing of Yolanda bunkhouses is proven true.

NDRRMC has not stopped counting Yolanda deaths

The executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Monday denied that the agency had stopped counting deaths resulting from super typhoon Yolanda.

INCIDENTAL HELP | Yolanda brings unexpected medical relief to Samar town

Hit by a motorcycle while walking to school months before super typhoon Haiyan struck the central islands, a 13-year-old who was involved in a vehicular crash took his first steps to recovery at a Red Cross tent hospital put up in Basey town.

383 of 533 families affected by Yolanda oil spill in Estancia to return home on Thursday

Almost two months after super typhoon Yolanda caused the oil spill in Iloilo, 383 of the 533 affected families from Barangay Botongon, Estancia are expected to be finally home today with the United Nations Higher Commission on Refugees (UNCHR) donating tents to serve as their temporary shelters.

P-Noy signs P14.6-billion supplemental budget for calamity-hit areas

President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law the supplemental budget appropriating P14.6 billion for the rehabilitation of calamity-struck areas.

EDC brings back online a fourth unit of Unified Leyte geothermal power complex

Energy Development Corp (EDC) has restored another unit of the Unified Leyte geothermal power complex, which sustained damage during the onslaught of Typhoon ‘Yolanda’.

FAT-FREE ECONOMICS | Happy 2014 for Philippine economy?

Another tumultuous year has passed. 2013 can be remembered as the year of huge disasters -- both natural and man-made -- which the economy endured.

Informal workers in Eastern Visayas ask Ping Lacson: Dialogue with us on Yolanda rehab

Workers party Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) on Tuesday called on Yolanda rehabilitation head Panfilo Lacson as well as the agencies involved in the reconstruction plan and international aid groups to dialogue with workers associations in Leyte demanding decent jobs and people's participation.

YEARENDER | Stock market bull run loses steam

What looked like smooth sailing for local equities in the first quarter of 2013 turned out to be a roller-coaster ride by summer, with the PSEi having to go through the eye of the needle to extend its gains to a fifth straight year.

Tacloban buys lot for mass grave of 1,400 unburied Yolanda dead

The city government of Tacloban, Leyte has bought a 6,000-square meter lot for the mass burial of at least 1,400 corpses that remain unburied almost two months after super typhoon Yolanda struck on November 8, an official said.

WHAT YOLANDA SURVIVORS WANT | Jobs and participation in rehab, reconstruction plan

Several associations of workers in the informal sector in Yolanda-hit Eastern Visayas on Monday launched a campaign demanding employment, social protection, and people's participation as bedrocks of the Yolanda rehabilitation and reconstruction plan.

PHOTO | Week-long rains terrify Taclobanons

For the past seven days, rains have been terrorizing many Taclobanons, traumatized as they were by the floods, winds, and untold destruction brought by the November 8 super typhoon Yolanda.

Central Visayas development planners eye changes on National Building Code

The Regional Development Council (RDC) 7 has initiated a review of the National Building Code of 1972 after two disasters hit Cebu and Bohol provinces and other parts of the Visayas.

1,400 Yolanda victims remain unburied in Tacloban village

More than a thousand dead victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda lay unburied Saturday, seven weeks after Eastern Visayas was battered by the Philippines' deadliest storm, residents living alongside the stench said.

NGCP signs up Chinese company to improve power grid

The National Grid Corp of the Philippines (NGCP) has signed an agreement with a Chinese research firm to help strengthen the Philippines’ power transmission highway.

VIDEO | Christmas in Tacloban: Homeless, roofless, but still hopeful

Christmas day dawns on the tents many of the Philippines typhoon survivors still call home. Despite the rain and grey skies many are far from gloomy.

BSP forecasts December inflation hitting 2-year high

Inflation likely hit a two-year high this month because of a surge in the cost of power and fuel, as well as pricier food brought about by Typhoon 'Yolanda', the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said today.

WILL HE ACCEPT OR NOT? Petilla to meet P-Noy over resignation

Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla will meet with President Benigno Aquino III this afternoon to submit his resignation letter after he failed to restore power in three out of 300 towns that were affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

'BABANGON ULIT AKO' | After losing 22 family members, Yolanda survivor vows to move on

Pedro Lacandazo, 59, lost 22 family members when the storm surge generated by super typhoon Yolanda swept through Palo, Leyte. Four of them remain missing to this day and, since then, Junjun, the only survivor of Lacandazo's four children, has spent his days searching for them.

Dodging all that Yolanda could throw at him, blind man rebuilds hut that keeps him dry on Christmas

Gregorio Canales, single, 48, built all by himself his own temporary shelter - much sturdier than those of others - even though he is totally blind.

Foreign pledges reach P23.79 billion

Foreign aid pledges from various governments, financial institutions, and civic organizations for the survivors of typhoon Yolanda have reached around P23.79 billion (US$538,978,033), according to the government website monitoring the aid.

PASKO NA NAMAN | Tacloban's merry make-do, can do Christmas

Passengers disembarking from inbound flights at the DZR Airport in Tacloban City were greeted by Christmas carols sung by young survivors of super typhoon Yolanda on Christmas Eve.

CHRISTMAS 2013 | ‘Let the survivors teach us how to see hope, faith’ - Cardinal Tagle

MANILA, Philippines -- “The survivors of recent disasters will teach us how to see the Child promised by God with fresh eyes of faith and hope,” Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said Tuesday.

PHOTO | The star of Christmas in Tacloban

Ronfrey Magdua, 20, built a giant, 4-meter-tall star-shaped lantern using salvaged wood and wrapped in the Philippine flag's motif of red, white, and blue, and put it up in the yard of a family that perished in the disaster.

MAY PASKO RITO | Defiant Yolanda survivors welcome Christmas

Survivors of one of the strongest typhoons ever to hit land on Tuesday defiantly prepared to celebrate Christmas in the ruins of their communities.

Papal Nuncio arrives in Tacloban for Christmas Eve midnight mass

Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Monsignor Giuseppe Pinto arrived past 9 a.m. today at Tacloban City and promptly went on a tour of typhoon-devastated areas with local priests and some officials, a Radyo ng Bayan report said.

Western Union reopens 83 pct of branches in Yolanda-devastated areas

Western Union has reopened 83 percent of its money transfer branches in areas devastated by Typhoon ‘Yolanda’.

Damages caused by 'Yolanda' now at P36.69B

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Monday announced that the damages caused by super typhoon Yolanda to properties and infrastructures reached P36.69 billion.

Renewable energy can mitigate outages in disaster areas, say proponents

Blackouts in areas devastated by Typhoon 'Yolanda' could have been mitigated if renewable energy sources were in place, according to proponents of these alternatives to fossil-fuel power plants.

Add'l capital infusion would allow BSP to help in disaster rehab, says official

Infusing more capital into the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) would enable it to help the national government rebuild areas devastated by Typhoon ‘Yolanda’, a central bank official said.

Salceda urges DSWD to provide Noche Buena packages to over 1 million Yolanda survivors

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda on Saturday said the Department of Social Welfare and Development should provide Noche Buena package to each of the 1.1 million families displaced by super typhoon “Yolanda” in the Visayas.

UN chief to Yolanda survivors: 'Never despair, world is behind you'

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Philippine typhoon survivors to "never despair" as he pledged Saturday to rally global backing to help them recover from one of their country's deadliest disasters.

Team Albay to spend Christmas with Yolanda survivors in Samar

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda and humanitarian Team Albay have opted to spend Christmas Noche Buena on December 24 in the company of super typhoon Yolanda survivors in the devastated town of Bassey in Eastern Samar.

VIDEO | Waste left by Yolanda as big as 10 football fields

It will take three to six months to clean up the refuse left by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) equivalent to 10 football fields each piled with ten-meter high waste.

'Yolanda' to hit Philippine coconut oil exports--industry official

Global coconut oil supplies will likely fall next year, an industry official said Friday, after the killer typhoon that struck leading exporter the Philippines last month destroyed millions of trees used to produce the commodity.

Gov't mulls providing tax perks for disaster rehab projects

(UPDATED 9:11 p.m.) The Board of Investments (BOI) plans to "refine" the list of priority investment areas for 2014 to address the reconstruction requirements of areas devastated by Typhoon 'Yolanda'.

Signing of 2014 national budget gives green light to Lacson rehab job, says Drilon

The early signing of the P2.264 trillion 2014 General Appropriations Act by President Benigno Aquino III gives former Senator Panfilo Lacson the green light to start the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Yolanda-hit areas and other calamities.

US Fed tapering may cut Philippine growth next year, UN report says

The move by the US Federal Reserve to start tapering its bond-buying program may cut the Philippines' economic expansion by 1.3 percentage points next year, the United Nations (UN) said.

Yolanda deaths reach 6,100

The death toll from super typhoon Yolanda rose to 6,100 the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said on Friday.

Canada fast-tracks immigration applications of Pinoys affected by Yolanda

As part of its humanitarian aid in the aftermath of the devastation brought by super typhoon Yolanda, Canada is fast-tracking the processing for hundreds of survivors with pending immigration visa applications, Ambassador Neil Reeder said Thursday.

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon to visit typhoon-stricken Tacloban City on Saturday

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will visit Tacloban City on Saturday "to get a firsthand assessment of the aftermath of super typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan)," UN spokeswoman Eri Kaneko said in a statement.

Gov't defers add'l capital infusion for BSP as 'Yolanda' rehab beckons

Aquino administration defers final P10-billion capital infusion for BSP in favor of 'Yolanda' rehabilitation.

Bottled water, instant noodles join list of products subject to price ceiling

Bottled water, instant noodles, fresh fruits, LPG and kerosene have joined the list of products that can be subject of a government-ordered price cap.

MOVING AID | Behind the scenes with MSF's logistics

Yan Syauta of Indonesia talks about his work as MSF's logistics staff in charge of cargo handling during their Tyhoon Yolanda emergency response. Yan spent 22 days in the Philippines and has previously been on six MSF missions in Iraq, India, Sierra Leone, Pakistan and South Sudan.

Cargill aid for 'Yolanda' relief, rehab reaches $500,000

US-based conglomerate Cargill has pooled $500,000 for relief and rehabilitation efforts in areas devastated by Typhoon ‘Yolanda’.

Gov't hikes infra spending target for 2014 because of 'Yolanda' rehab

The Aquino administration will increase its infrastructure spending to at least 3.2 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) next year, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said on Wednesday.

'Typhoon Haiyan' second most searched event in the globe for 2013 - Google

Second only to the deadly Boston marathon, super typhoon Yolanda (the local name for Haiyan) is on the top of the list of global events which trended worldwide this year.

Meralco, Global Power restore distribution lines on Panay Island

Meralco and Global Business Power Corp (GBPC) today said they have fully restored distribution lines on Panay Island that were damaged by Typhoon 'Yolanda'.

Globe expects 4Q revenue to take a hit from 'Yolanda'

Globe Telecom on Wednesday said it expects slower revenue growth this quarter mostly because of weak consumer spending brought about by Typhoon 'Yolanda'.

NEDA launches P361-billion post-Yolanda recovery plan

he National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said the post-typhoon recovery and reconstruction will require a total of P361 billion in investments until 2017.

PH govt briefs development partners in post-Yolanda work, vows to 'build back better'

The work ahead is daunting and long and costly, but there’s one thing the Philippine government is sure off as it embarks, with the help of the international community, on the reconstruction of areas hit by typhoon Yolanda: it will 'build back better.'

Stunned Kerry says US won't abandon PH as govt launches P360-B rebuilding plan

US Secretary of State John Kerry visited typhoon-devastated Tacloban City on Wednesday, expressing shock at the death and destruction and vowing that Washington will not abandon its key ally as the Philippine government sought pledges as it launched a P360 billion rebuilding plan.

Power rate hike may dampen consumer spending in 2014 -- NEDA

The government's chief economist on Tuesday said the looming increase in electricity rates could dampen consumer spending, if not the entire economy in 2014.

Rebuilding of Yolanda-hit areas to cost at least P200 billion, says Lacson

Rehabilitation czar and former senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday said rebuilding typhoon-hit areas in the Visayas region would cost at least P200 billion.

A month after typhoon struck, Citi's 'Yolanda' fund drive raises $1 million

A month after starting its worldwide donation drive, Citi has raised at least $1 million from clients and employees for the relief and rehabilitation efforts in areas devastated by Typhoon ‘Yolanda’.

Taiwanese solar battery maker donates portable power plants

The world’s largest solar energy battery maker has donated portable power plants to the Philippine government for use in the relief and rehabilitation in areas devastated by Typhoon ‘Yolanda’.

VIDEO | What would you do with $25K? This American filmmaker spent it all on Yolanda survivors

As part of its social marketing campaign for a film, 20th Century Fox gave filmmaker Casey Neistat $25,000 to produce a short strip about 'living your dreams', something that could 'motivate, inspire, and give people a catalyst to do something they've never done.' He spent all the money on Tacloban.

ADB approves fresh $372.1-million loan for social service delivery in typhoon-hit areas

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved another $372.1 million emergency assistance loan to the Philippines to help restore basic social services and rebuild communities devastated by Typhoon 'Yolanda'.

BPI to reopen another branch in typhoon-hit area

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is opening another branch that was shuttered when Typhoon 'Yolanda' struck the Visayas.

BSP expects exports recovery, investment inflows after US Fed taper

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) today said growth would be faster next year because of rebuilding efforts in calamity-stricken areas and a recovery in the exports sector.

PH seeks protected status for Filipinos in the US due to Yolanda

Following the deaths and destruction caused by super typhoon Yolanda, the Philippines formally requested the U.S. government to place the country under the Temporary Protected Status, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.

NOTES FROM GROUND ZERO | Of tuba and dried fish - or the lack thereof in the coming months

Coconut trees that once stood proudly on the mountains at the southern tip of Samar island were strewn all over the barren landscape like matchsticks after super typhoon 'Yolanda' went island hopping through the central Philippines last month.

PHOTOS | Group helps kids who survived Yolanda find peace of mind

Children who survived super typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City have been started on the road to healing through psycho-trauma sessions by members of Task Force Murayaw, which means peace of mind in Waray.

EDC in talks with Vestas to make Burgos wind farm 'Yolanda'-proof

Energy Development Corp (EDC) plans to reinforce its Burgos wind farm in Ilocos Norte so it can withstand strong typhoons.

Manila extends P16-M assistance, relief aid to typhoon-hit LGUs

The city of Manila has extended P16-million assistance to selected local government units (LGUs) affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

Post-Yolanda reconstruction to cost P130B, says Aquino

Around P130 billion will be needed to rebuild parts of the country destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda, Malacanang said Saturday.

VIDEO | OPM all-stars join Loboc Children's Choir in 'The Prayer' for quake, typhoon victims

An all-star cast of Filipino singers joined the Loboc Children's Choir in a special charity recording of 'The Prayer' for the benefit of the earthquake victims in Bohol and Cebu and the typhoon victims in all of central Philippines.

Local businessmen expect slower economy for 2013 as agri, tourism take a hit from calamities

Local businessmen expect that the Philippine economy may have slowed down this year as infrastructure and livelihood were devastated by a string of disasters in the past three months.

U.S. mulls taking in Yolanda victims, allowing them to stay, work in America

The United States is planning to take in Filipino victims of super typhoon Yolanda, which wrought massive devastation across Central Visayas last month, the Philippine Embassy in Washington said.

Rehab czar Ping Lacson flies to Yolanda-hit areas, meets typhoon victims

Newly appointed rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson had a glimpse of the places hit hard by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) for the first time Friday.

ADB mulls add'l $350 million aid for Philippine disaster rehab

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is increasing its financial assistance to the Philippines to support rebuilding efforts in areas devastated by typhoon 'Yolanda.'

Yolanda death toll breaches 6,000

The death toll from super typhoon Yolanda has surpassed 6,000, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported Friday.

PNoy urged to sue companies accused of causing adverse climate change impacts such as Yolanda

Following the deaths and destruction caused by Yolanda, Greenpeace urged President Benigno Aquino III to seek justice by taking legal action against companies allegedly behind adverse climate change impacts.

PNoy in Tokyo for ASEAN-Japan Summit; gov't spends P15M for trip

President Benigno S. Aquino III arrived Thursday afternoon in Japan to attend the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit and meet various officials led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on bilateral issues, while thanking Tokyo for its prompt, substantial assistance to areas ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda.

Air in oil spill-hit Estancia, Iloilo getting better - EMB

The air condition in oil spill-hit areas in Estancia town here is getting better, according to the latest ambient air and water quality monitoring of Environmental Management Bureau Region 6.

DONATION DIVERSION? No 'UK food aid,' no diversion of relief, says DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has clarified that it has not received any food aid from the government of the United Kingdom, nor has it received food donations from any group or organization from the country.

Russia lifts travel ban to PH

Russia has lifted its travel ban to the Philippines, except to the most devastated areas where the situation still remains difficult, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Thursday.

Yolanda deaths still rising but number of missing unchanged

Even as the number of deaths caused by super typhoon Yolanda continues rising, the number of missing has remained unchanged for more than a week now, the tally of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management showed Thursday.

ADB cuts Southeast Asia growth forecast because of 'Yolanda', Thai crisis

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has cut its economic growth forecast for Southeast Asia this year and next because of the impact of a super typhoon in the Philippines and political turmoil in Thailand.

Tacloban City to probe existence of profit seekers taking advantage of Yolanda victims

Local government officials here plan to look into profit-seeking individuals that are taking advantage of the plight of their calamity-stricken residents and business establishments, city administrator John Tecson Lim said Wednesday.

Volunteers organize 'Oplan Trabaho' to give 5,000 Yolanda survivors jobs by Christmas

After assisting the survivors of supertyphoon Yolanda as they arrived from devastated provinces and into Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, the volunteers behind "Oplan Hatid" have a new project to help them get back on their feet.

Roxas cries foul over 'spliced' video of his talk with Romualdez, says it was 'done with malice'

(UPDATED - 6:17 p.m.) DILG Secretary Manuel Roxas II on Wednesday cried foul over what he said was a 'spliced' and 'edited' video of a meeting between him and Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez last month after the city was battered by super typhoon Yolanda.

DOE warns of impostors seeking donations for 'Yolanda'

The Department of Energy (DOE) warned the public and industry stakeholders of unscrupulous individuals soliciting donations on behalf of the agency.

Ammo disguised as relief seized in Coron

Authorities in Coron, Palawan seized over 4,000 bullets of different calibers concealed in boxes disguised as relief goods.

Justin Bieber: Going to Yolanda-hit Tacloban is 'most touching trip of my life'

Pop megastar Justin Bieber hugged, sang to, danced and played with young survivors of the Philippines' deadliest typhoon Tuesday, bringing cheer to the disaster zone amid an international relief effort.

Bicam OKs additional P336-M cash grant for 20,000 Yolanda survivor-families

The Bicameral Conference Committee on Tuesday approved an additional P336 million cash grant under the Conditional Cash Transfer program of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) for 20,000 families affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

Philippines has ample cushion to Fed taper shock, says Moody's

The Philippines has ample cushion from external shocks triggered by the looming withdrawal of the US Federal Reserve's economic stimulus, according to Moody's Investors Service.

Stop the childish nonsense, kin of Yolanda survivors says of Roxas, Romualdez 'verbal intramurals'

Stop the childish nonsense. Aaron Pedrosa, whose relatives climbed out of a skylight after waves engulfed their Tacloban City home, made this assertion when directly asked about "finger-pointing" between officials as relief efforts continue to fall short a month after typhoon Yolanda.

STORIFY | Justin Bieber balls, sings Christmas songs for kids in Tacloban

Hours after arriving in Manila on a private plane and moments after tweeting that he was about to perform "the real last (show) and most important one" of his "Believe" world tour, Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber landed in Tacloban, Leyte on Tuesday to begin his charity tour.

Isuzu exec says proposed local automotive roadmap 'completely wrong'

A Japanese executive of Isuzu Philippines Corp has openly criticized the Aquino administration's roadmap for the automotive industry, saying the path the government wants car makers to take is "impossible".

Roxas to Romualdez: 'You asked for takeover' and national govt helped without authorization letter

DILG chief Manuel Roxas II on Tuesday countered Alfred Romualdez's claim that he and President Benigno Aquino III engaged in "politicking" instead of heeding the Tacloban City mayor's request to help victims of super typhoon Yolanda.

As Yolanda death toll inches to 6,000, the anguished wait for the missing goes on

In the grieving, grey wastelands that were once bustling towns on tropical Philippine islands, thousands of typhoon survivors are enduring an agonizing wait of hope and denial for news of loved ones.

Rehab czar Lacson given Cabinet rank

(UPDATE - 1:04 p.m.) President Benigno Aquino III has signed the memorandum order defining the functions and scope of former Senator Panfilo Lacson's role as presidential assistant for rehabilitation and recovery, which holds Cabinet rank.


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