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Delay in gov't shelter aid forces Yolanda victims to 'sell' assistance at lower price - DSWD

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said the delay in the distribution of the government's shelter assistance had forced some Yolanda victims who needed cash badly to sell their aid to "buyers" at a lower price.

SPECIAL REPORT FOR WOMEN'S MONTH | Gender-based violence continues in disaster-stricken areas

This Women's Month, this article highlights the unreported plight of women and children in disaster-stricken areas in the Philippines, especially in Samar and Leyte.

28 MONTHS AFTER | 268 Yolanda families to move to permanent shelter next month

Families living in bunkhouses in Barangay Kalipayan, Tacloban City are grateful that next month, they are scheduled to transfer to the permanent shelters constructed by the National Housing Authority located at Ridge View, Cabalawan in this city.

Ople raises alarm over 'inhumane' conditions at Yolanda bunkhouses

Labor advocate and senatorial candidate Susan Ople expresses alarm over what she described as inhumane living conditions of some 300 Yolanda typhoon survivors still staying in rat-infested bunkhouses without electricity and reliable water supply.

COCKTALES | Banks to sue Purisima over nonpayment of P4-B PhilPhos guarantee

The Philippine Export-Import Credit Agency, chaired by Purisima, has turned down the claim of four private banks to collect on the P3.9-billion loan of the Yolanda-battered Philippine Phosphate Fertilizer Corp. that was guaranteed by PhilEXIM.


As negotiators around the world gather for what many expect to be a groundbreaking UN climate negotiating session, few may know that their meeting is being funded by the coal industry.

Mar says his silence best way to commemorate Yolanda, but clarifies Anderson Cooper spat

For Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas, his silence was the best way he could show his respect to the victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda.

Palace says PNoy was not invited to attend Yolanda 2nd anniversary

No invitation was received by the Office of the President. This was Malacanang’s answer on Monday to a query why President Benigno Aquino III did not attend the second anniversary since super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ravaged Tacloban City.

Chiz blasts DSWD 'double standard' in 'hiding' homeless for APEC while ignoring Yolanda survivors

Senator Francis Escudero accused the DSWD of 'double standards' for shelling out P4,000 each in rent to homeless families ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' meeting while more than 200,000 families who survived super typhoon Yolanda still languish in temporary shelters.

Foreign donors clarify they coursed their donation to counterpart agencies

Officials of the international community clarified on Sunday that the millions of dollars worth of foreign donations which are being questioned did not pass through the national government.

After losing everything to Yolanda, couple find love, hope amid crushing poverty

Two years after super typhoon Yolanda devastated Tacloban, killing thousands, Juvelyn Luana has a new partner, a new son and a shack far from the deadly shore.

2 years after Yolanda, 17,641 of 92,554 survivors' homes built - NHA

Two years after super typhoon 'Yolanda,' the government has constructed 17,641 of the 92,554 housing units needed for families displaced by the strongest storm to hit the country.

'JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH, HOW WILL WE SURVIVE?' | Painfully slow rebuilding two years after Yolanda

Two years after super typhoon Yolanda devastated the Philippines and sounded a global alarm on climate change, a massive rebuilding program has had big successes. But at least one million survivors are still without safe homes.

For typhoon Yolanda survivors, visit to mass graves stirs haunting recollections

Millions of people in the Philippines made their annual pilgrimages to family gravesites on Sunday in a tradition that combines fervent Catholic faith with the country's penchant for festivity.

Stronger than #Yolanda, how did Mexico dodge the Hurricane Patricia bullet?

Mexico dodged a bullet when monster Hurricane Patricia failed to live up to its threat of devastating huge swaths of the country. What saved Mexicans?

Almost 2 years after, weather bureau awaits CAAP go-signal to rebuild Tacloban station

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.

DBM to release P14.05-billion in second half for post-Yolanda rehab

Since 2013, post-Yolanda relief and rehab releases already reached P88.96 billion.

Philippines vows action on Haiyan rebuilding after UN criticism

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.'

President Aquino approves LRT2 extension to Manila port area, 6 other infra projects

One of the projects involve diverting World Bank funds to the rehabilitation of roads in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.

President transfers task of Yolanda rehab to NEDA

NEDA will coordinate rehab efforts, as project implementation still rests with other line agencies.

WHAT'S A TYPEWRITER? | It's what this Yolanda survivor still uses to work her kids through college

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 victimizing Yolanda survivors in Carles, Iloilo - police

Robbers are victimizing super typhoon Yolanda survivors in Iloilo's northernmost town of Carles, police authorities said.

SM Foundation to build 200 permanent houses in Ormoc

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.

Family of CAAP employee missing since Yolanda seeks support

The family claiming death benefits is mired in bureaucratic technicalities as the remains of the victim were never recovered after the storm.

Gov’t funds rejuvenation of typhoon-devastated mangroves, beach forests

The project, will falls under the National Greening Program, has a P1 billion budget allocation.

ILO gives $480,000 to DSWD for livelihood programs in Yolanda areas

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.

ILO provides grant for livelihood projects in Typhoon Yolanda-devastated areas

The projects are housed under the DSWD's cash-for-building livelihood assets and community-driven enterprise development programs.

Red Cross completes 4,500 houses in Samar, Eastern Samar

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.

France's Hollande goes to Guiuan, Eastern Samar for world to see how Haiyan devastated PH

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 rehab chief Lacson calls for quick transfer of OPARR assets to OCD

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).

Task force formed to clear, process into logs 4 million coconut trees in Yolanda-hit areas

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.

P1.9-billion DSWD rules on emergency shelter aid rules need review - Cebu mayors

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.

SALI KAMI | Yolanda survivors want to be part of DSWD shelter program; exec says agency helpless

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.

Pope euphoria quickly fades in Yolanda 'ground zero'

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.

ANOTHER VISITOR | French envoy on planet protection arrives in Manila, to visit Yolanda areas

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.

'I COULD FEEL HIS COMPASSION' | Yolanda orphan recounts meeting with Pope

A teenager orphaned by super typhoon Yolanda said Pope Francis gazed at her and other survivors with 'compassion' at their meeting at the archbishop’s palace in Palo, Leyte on Saturday.

PAPAL VISIT | Pope Francis on Leyte trip: 'This visit is really for me'

'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.

120,000 of needed 205,000 housing units for Yolanda survivors to be finished by 2015 - VP Binay

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.

BUILDING BACK BETTER | Korea-supported waste-to-energy plant to rise in Tacloban

A multimillion-dollar waste-to-energy facility will be constructed in Tacloban City next year, according to Mayor Alfred Romualdez.

Yolanda survivors spend second Xmas in ruins

Thousands of residents of the typhoon-weary city of Tacloban prepared Wednesday to mark their second Christmas in ruins following two giant storms.

THANKS, FAREWELL | Korean volunteers for Yolanda victims exit PH, leave P200-M gear to AFP

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.

USAID allots P180 million as lending capital for 25,000 Yolanda-hit micro-entrepreneurs

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.

UN notes need for 'hashtag standardization' during natural disasters

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.

Lacson resigns as rehab chief, effective February 2015

Presidential Adviser on Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Panfilo Lacson has resigned from his post, effective first week of February 2015.

Big corporations take advantage of post-Yolanda rehab, harass disaster victims - Church official

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.

Korean scholar house to open in Palo next school year

The Araw Scholars House built by South Korean soldiers will open its doors to students from poor families of Leyte province next school year.

Ping to 'slowly fade away' as Yolanda rehab gets underway

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.

UN-OCHA: PH has 2nd highest number of people affected by natural disasters in 2013

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.

Kerry cites PH as he urges 'all countries' to 'step up' vs climate change

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.

HAGUPIT | Soldiers deployed to 'prevent looting' - AFP

(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 heating up: 2014 set to be the hottest year ever, poor countries most affected

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.

As memory of 'Yolanda' damage weighs, shopping malls brace for new super typhoon

Robinsons' Tacloban mall, which was heavily loooted in the aftermath of 'Yolanda' last year, will shut down ahead of the new typhoon's landfall.

Still haunted by Yolanda, Tacloban folk evacuate early as Hagupit nears

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.

Scramble on for safe evacuation centers as Hagupit threatens Yolanda-hit sites

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.

FILLED WITH LUMPS | Social Watch begrudges DBM's requested P23B supplemental budget

Former national treasurer Leonor Briones, principal convenor of Social Watch Philippines, describes the supplemental budget proposal as 'vague, undetailed and, therefore, vulnerable.'

12-hr blackout in Tacloban, neighboring towns on Saturday for line repairs

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.

New DSWD guidelines exclude many workers from shelter assistance

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.'

Chiz to DBM: Account for P137-B Yolanda rehab fund before asking for P23B more

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.'

2ND CHRISTMAS POST-YOLANDA | Hundreds of families to spend holidays still in tents

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.

'TACLOBAN NOT NEGLECTED' | P8.09-billion rehab funds set aside for city, says Lacson

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.

BUILD BACK BETTER? P-Noy OKs construction of houses in protected areas - 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.

Sen. JV Ejercito to probe govt rehab, reconstruction efforts in Yolanda-hit areas

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.

Bodies of possible Yolanda victims found in Tacloban City a year after the storm

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.

CBCP: Preparations for Papal Visit 'on time'; security is govt's top concern

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.

CONGRATS! UP Tacloban grad tops midwifery board year after Yolanda

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.

DBM asks Senate for current-year P23B supplemental budget

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.

YOLANDA POSTSCRIPT | Covering grief, covering hope

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.

PINOY RAPPERS ON YOLANDA | Hope, resiliency in tragedy inspire new production

Three young members of a Filipino rap group have produced, with, a video capturing the inspiring themes arising from the tragedy of Yolanda.

'HANGGANG MAKA-RECOVER KAMI' | Yolanda survivor sells her body to feed her children

'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.

Eastern Visayas economy on the mend; business up, soft loans released

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.

Yolanda survivors want rehab czar Lacson declared as persona non grata

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.

Children report to their community about their post-Yolanda progress

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.

READ | Eastern Samar students launch art book remembering Yolanda

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.

Yolanda underscored land dispute in Sicogon, as residents, SIDECO, and Ayala Land sign pact

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 in full swing for pope's visit to the Philippines

Preparations are in full swing for the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines on January 15-19 next year.

UNESCO confab in Nagoya tackles ways to prep youth for disasters, climate change

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.

POST-YOLANDA REBUILDING | Government searching for land for 40,000 more permanent houses

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.

Post-Yolanda recovery should be above politics, focus on people's welfare - UN official

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.

Foreign donors to have open access in new Yolanda online aid tracker

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.

'Typhoon Yolanda: The Untold Story' book launched in Tacloban

A Typhoon Yolanda survivor retells the story of hardship, hope, and determination—so we may never forget.

YOLANDA 1 YEAR AFTER | Tacloban residents move on slowly, painfully

How does one move on from thousands of deaths, from total devastation? Tacloban residents try.

SPEECH | Grade school pupil from Samar recalls Yolanda destruction, help from strangers

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.

Yolanda women survivors in Samar weave mats for world's top brands

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 reimburses a total of P320-M for injured and hospitalized typhoon 'Yolanda' survivors

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".

FOCUS | Sex traffickers prey on 'Yolanda' children

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.

ESSAY | On assignment: Journeying through Tacloban’s ground zero

A lifestyle writer finds herself getting out of her comfort zone to bring home a lifetime's worth of inspiring Typhoon Yolanda stories.

A year after Yolanda, man who lost 22 loved ones deep in debt, feels harassed, ashamed of himself

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.

US doctors, veterans who saved 2,000 in Leyte honored by PH embassy

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.

Who came to help Yolanda victims first? Local governments and relatives, says IBON

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.

Tacloban's 'build-back-better' policy goes on track - Mayor Romualdez

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.

8 touching reasons why you should visit Tacloban, Eastern Visayas in 2015

A year later, parts of the city have started to get back on its feet.

Lacson says Romualdez refusing national govt help for Yolanda; Romualdez says it did not help

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.

No 'Yolanda' bunkhouses' demolition for papal visit

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.

VIDEO | Philippines remembers thousands killed in Yolanda

Survivors remember the thousands of victims killed by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) one year after the devastating storm tore through the region.

Tacloban Mayor Romualdez on President Aquino skipping his city: 'We've gone beyond that'

(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.

POEM | Haiyan

This is a slightly revised version of the poem published in the November issue of Eastlit literary journal of East and Southeast Asia.

A year after Typhoon Yolanda, Gomez and Burgos Streets in Tacloban become foodie haven

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.

POST YOLANDA LESSON | Disaster response should be sensitive to women's needs

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.

Prayers, tears in Philippines one year after super typhoon

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.

Geohazard maps ready for nearly 80 percent of localities hardest-hit by Yolanda

The MGB has completed geohazard maps for 131 out of the 171 localities hardest hit by Yolanda.

Government spends P52 billion so far for rehab of Yolanda-devastated areas

The amount was spent on infrastructure, social services, livelihood and resettlement.

One year on, EU continues support for Yolanda victims, recalls need to address climate change

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.

PHOTOS | How do I remember thee? Candles lit, church bells toll in Leyte for Yolanda's dead

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.

Children orphaned by typhoon 'Yolanda' struggle with trauma a year on

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.

Quick US relief response during 'Yolanda' disaster made possible by VFA: US Embassy

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 Yolanda, Eastern Samar women weave their magic

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.

SWS survey reveals high hopes for Yolanda recovery

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.

GALLERY | Tulong Kapatid: the MVP Group's Yolanda relief efforts

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.

YOLANDA 1 YEAR ON | Still counting the loss: Will we ever know for sure?

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.

Finally, the long, slow work of recovery can begin ... a year after Yolanda

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.

YOLANDA's FRONTLINES | Foreign medics, soldiers among first responders recall 'mission impossible'

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.

GIVE ME SHELTER | Still no emergency shelter assistance for survivors a year after Yolanda

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.

Miriam files bill to institutionalize children's protection during calamities

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.

Rehabilitation of Yolanda-damaged police stations in full swing

The Philippine National Police reported that the P335M reconstruction of police facilities damaged by super typhoon Yolanda last year is proceeding at full steam.

MY STORY | Surviving Yolanda and the city of the dead

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 decline after spiking in post-Yolanda period

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.

DOWN SOUTH | It started in Leyte

Traveling solo becomes an inspiring experience when one embraces not just the place but the people one visits.

ANYARE? | Tacloban's devastation stunned the world, but it's not on PNoy's anniversary tour

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 Yolanda, urgent needs remain - NGO Plan International

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 Asians exposed to big climate disasters: Oxfam

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.

In typhoon-hit Eastern Samar town, more boats, fisherfolk than fish to catch a year after Yolanda

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.

YOLANDA 1 YEAR ON | Pupils still study in tents with 2,000 classrooms needing rehab

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.

Congressional probe sought into yawning info gaps a year after 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.

1 YEAR AFTER YOLANDA I Students open new EU-funded, PLAN-constructed classrooms in Guiuan, Samar

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.

A YEAR AFTER | P&G helping build more 'Hope Stores' in Yolanda-devastated areas

In partnership with USAID and Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble plans to turn over 500 sari-sari stores to Yolanda survivors in Leyte.

REMEMBERING THE OTHER LEYTE TRAGEDY | The Ormoc flashflood of 1991

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.

Think tank's survey shows govt programs not reaching Yolanda survivors

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.

YOLANDA 1 YEAR ON | Activists set Intl Day of Action vs govt 'neglect'

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.

Woman carpenter helps build her Yolanda-devastated town

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.

YOLANDA 1 YEAR ON | Reconstruction takes root but millions still suffer

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.

WALANG PASOK | November 8 is a non-working day in Leyte - Palace

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.

VIDEO | Many Yolanda survivors in bunkhouses moving back to Leyte no-build zones

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.

GALLERY | 10 tales of survival and hope, sorrow and despair, a year after Yolanda

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.

For mothers and newborns who survived Yolanda, a year of living dangerously

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.

NYC's Dingdong Dantes joins Climate Walk as it reaches Catbalogan on 35TH Day

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 completes underground fiber-optic cabling of Typhoon Yolanda-devastated areas

PLDT spent P400 million for two fiber-in-the-loop areas in the Visayas.

DNA testing, cross matching for Yolanda fatalities not yet started due to lack of funds

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.

Aquino approves Yolanda rehab plan

(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.

Yolanda survivors remember their departed before All Souls' Day

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.

ISANG TAON NA | A number of Yolanda survivors still have not received financial aid from OCD

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.

Tacloban to light candles on Yolanda's first year anniversary

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 tent dwellers to DSWD: Where's the rice you promised to give us?

Tacloban residents who continue to live in tents almost a year after typhoon Yolanda battered the city are complaining that they haven’t received the rice rations that the DSWD promised to give to displaced and vulnerable people like them.

Removal of dumped ships in Tacloban might take until after Christmas, residents still in limbo

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.

Tacloban broadcasters get death threats over govt rebuild efforts post-Yolanda

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.

UN OCHA sees 'zero tent' Tacloban before Nov. 8

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 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, lead US concert for Yolanda survivors

Lea Salonga, Charice, and 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. correspondent, TV5's Tulfo and Dorango among SM 'Super' journalists

Lorelei 'Lottie' Salarda, 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.

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