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Super Typhoon Yolanda survivors look back 4 years later

Nov 08, 2017 - 9:20 PM

On the 4th anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), survivors remember what they went through and how it changed them

Yolanda: OCD finally uses up 'idle' funds for victims after 2 years – COA

May 24, 2016 - 8:00 AM

In 2014 state auditors criticized the Office of Civil Defense for its slow use of the funds which should have been used to help victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda

AID NEEDED. State auditors said the OCD should have immediately used up its quick response funds to aid Yolanda victims.

Roxas: 'No time' to answer 'number 1 fan' Duterte's Yolanda question

Mar 03, 2016 - 5:11 PM

Malacañang spokesman Herminio Coloma Jr says all foreign aid received for Yolanda hit communities are fully accounted for and have undergone audit

CEBU SORTIE. Presidential candidate Manuel "Mar" Roxas II (right) drops by the shipyard of Evercat Asia, one of the biggest shipping companies based in Cebu City during his campaign rounds on March 3, 2016. Photo from Roxas' official Twitter account

Residents of Roxas' hometown tell Grace Poe: Help us Yolanda victims

Feb 17, 2016 - 2:04 PM

Poe s running mate Chiz Escudero hints that presidential bet Mar Roxas did not do enough for his province when he was its congressman and as Cabinet member

Young farmers in Yolanda-hit region promote resilient agriculture

Jan 28, 2016 - 6:12 PM

Young survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda are some of the voices calling for resilient agriculture to address the threats of climate change to agriculture

The Edgardos

Dec 21, 2015 - 4:00 PM

This is Tacloban two years after Yolanda and the story of two brothers Edgardo II and Edgardo Jr who lived and laughed by the sea until the day the sky fell

COA: Irregularities in AFP purchases for Yolanda relief

Nov 12, 2015 - 8:43 AM

State auditors discover that the military bought petroleum oil and lubricants through a repeat order Supplemental contract agreements are undated and some required documents are missing

PRIORITY RELIEF. Philippine Air Force helicoper take off from the devastated airport in Tacloban city. Photo by EPA/Francis Malasig

VLOG: Binay, opposition lead Typhoon Yolanda commemoration

Nov 08, 2015 - 11:39 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay visits typhoon hit Leyte to campaign and to check on the condition of the survivors

POLITICAL EVENT? Vice President Jejomar Binay and his UNA senatorial candidates attend the unveiling of the Anibong Memorial Marker in Tacloban City on November 7, 2015. to commemorate Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

After Haiyan: The ship that stayed

Nov 08, 2015 - 2:36 PM

One of the ships that ran aground in Tacloban now serves as a memorial for those who died during Typhoon Haiyan Yolanda

IN NUMBERS: Helping farmers, fishers 2 years after Haiyan

Nov 08, 2015 - 8:43 AM

Only 12 of debris affected farmlands have been cleared but the target number of boats to be given to fishermen was exceeded

PICKING UP AFTER. A coconut farmer helps clear up debris in Leyte in 2014. Photo by Crislyn Felisilda/World Vision

Survivors occupy Yolanda ground zero to protest slow recovery

Nov 08, 2015 - 1:04 AM

Our survival is non negotiable say Yolanda survivors

How Red Cross managed to build 66k houses 2 years after Yolanda

Nov 07, 2015 - 8:17 PM

Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon reveals how the humanitarian organization accomplished the feat

RISING FROM HAIYAN. Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon during the Typhoon Yolanda 2nd year anniversary press conference at the PRC National Headquarters in Mandaluyong City. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Remains of possible Yolanda victims found 2 years later

Nov 07, 2015 - 6:04 PM

A lengthy and thorough process is needed to officially confirm the identification of the bodies but some Tacloban residents upon seeing them are convinced that they have found their missing loved ones

YOLANDA VICTIMS? Remains of possible victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda are found in Tacloban City on November 7, 2015, the eve of the 2nd anniversary of the tragedy. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Filipino couple finds love, hope among typhoon misery

Nov 07, 2015 - 1:40 PM

Two years after the monster storm devastated the coastal city of Tacloban killing thousands Juvelyn Luana has a new partner a new son and a shack far from the deadly shore

TWO YEARS AFTER. This photo taken on November 2, 2015, shows a young boy looking from a mountain overlooking downtown Tacloban City, Leyte province, central Philippines, ahead of the two-year anniversary of the devastating typhoon Haiyan. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Gigantes, a call for small islands resiliency

Nov 07, 2015 - 11:15 AM

About 80 of Gigantes’ population of 13 114 live below the poverty line with 70 dependent on fishing as a source of livelihood

DESTROYED. One of the houses on the island left uninhabitable by Typhoon Yolanda.

Groups fear Yolanda victims will slide back to being exploited

Nov 05, 2015 - 10:35 PM

Foreign aid groups say desperation and helplessness lead people in the damaged communities to resort to jobs or employers who are abusive and indifferent to their laborers

Jonathan Price of the International Labor Organization talks about the group's rehabilitation efforts in Yolanda-hit areas.

Agri sector gets only a fourth of Yolanda rehab funds – budget watchdog

Nov 05, 2015 - 9:37 PM

Based on the rehabilitation plan funding requirement for the Department of Agriculture and the Philippine Coconut Authority is at P10 billion each

Less than 10% of target homes built for displaced Tacloban families

Nov 05, 2015 - 1:23 PM

Records from the Tacloban City Housing Office reveals that two years after Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan the NHA had only built 572 out of its target 14 162 permanent houses NGOs had constructed 556 homes out of their planned 2 169

SHELTER. An IPI bunkhouse in Barangay Caiba-an, Tacloban City, two years after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Farmers turn Typhoon Yolanda wastes into livelihood

Oct 27, 2015 - 9:00 AM

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

Project NOAH is official map for Yolanda rehab

Oct 10, 2015 - 6:06 PM

Confused which multi hazard map to use? Project NOAH maps are the official ones says NOAH Executive Director Mahar Lagmay

Photo from AFP

Typhoon-hit Philippine island rebuilding fast: UN

Sep 15, 2015 - 7:59 PM

A UN official says that the Philippines which suffered the wrath of the most powerful storm ever to hit land in 2013 could complete its rebuilding in as little as two years

DANGER ZONE. Months after the onslaught of Super Typhoon Haiyan, young people sit in Tacloban sit on one of 10 ships swept inland in this photo shot on 25 Aug 2014. Photo by Patricia Evangelista / Rappler

The women weavers of Basey

Aug 25, 2015 - 5:11 PM

If women weavers are empowered to negotiate and market they will be able to get more income

Where are we after Yolanda?

Aug 10, 2015 - 5:30 PM

Now is also the time to examine closely what worked and did less so and make the structural fixes required to further enhance capacity to respond and recover in the future


Disaster rehabilitation through proper relocation and housing

Jul 17, 2015 - 12:35 PM

International housing aid group distributes 25 houses to 25 families in Tacloban City

INVESTMENT. Habitat for Humanity CEO Ayco says housing for Yolanda survivors is more of an investment than mere charity. The NGO received funding from energy company AES to build 25 houses for 25 families in Tacloban. Photo by Jed Cortes/Rappler.

'Mismatch' in Yolanda resettlement fund estimates – watchdog

May 09, 2015 - 7:31 PM

Social Watch Philippines says that while Leyte had the most number of Yolanda damaged houses it will not get the biggest resettlement funds following National Housing Authority estimates

'Wrong' mangrove rehab in Yolanda areas wasting funds

Apr 07, 2015 - 4:34 PM

Scientists say the government is rushing the program to meet targets planting the wrong mangroves in the wrong areas

SURVIVAL. Fishermen and scientists report high mortality of mangroves in a DENR mangrove reforestation site in Tacloban. Photo courtesy of OPARR

New Year wishes from Yolanda-ravaged northern Iloilo

Jan 03, 2015 - 12:09 AM

Christmas passed and another year is here but we are still recovering from the typhoons

WATER. Drinking water is a rare commodity in the islands of northern Iloilo where islanders still have to go to the mainland to get their precious supply. All photos by Jesyl Gabrielle Gubatanga

Lacson to step down as Yolanda rehab czar

Dec 21, 2014 - 3:38 PM

Lacson says he will step down in February once the post Yolanda reconstruction and rehabilitation duties are transferred to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council

The role of LGUs, local councils during disasters

Dec 06, 2014 - 1:55 PM

Local government units are expected to be at the frontline of emergency measures in the aftermath of disasters according to the 1991 Local Government Code

A fisherman's prayer

Nov 23, 2014 - 7:56 PM

Fisherfolk are the poorest of the Fililipino poor with a poverty incidence rate of 39 2 They’ve lived along the water always at risk of danger

LIVELIHOOD. Ka Jun stands at the dock, where fisher folks' boats stationed. Photo from Oxfam

Yolanda survivors in Iloilo show posttraumatic growth – study

Nov 23, 2014 - 11:51 AM

Local researchers find that survivors from northern Iloilo are now in positive psychological states a year after Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan

Iloilo Yolanda survivors: No use asking gov't for help

Nov 14, 2014 - 7:55 PM

Under the national government s comprehensive plan Iloilo province will need P20 billion in rehab funds Residents say they haven t even received the few thousands of calamity fund since a year ago

STILL IN TENTS. Displaced by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on November 8, 2013, Ninfa Hablo, 63, and others from Botongon village in Estancia town, Iloilo, are still living in tents. Photo by Julie Silvederio/Rappler

#AfterYolanda: 'We’re here to stay'

Nov 14, 2014 - 4:56 PM

Every day we hear stories of hope and it gives us great encouragement However we know the road to recovery is long and difficult for those who lost everything

REACHING OUT. Save the Children has reached nearly 800,000 with its life-saving aid and recovery and rehabilitation work in Eastern and Western Leyte and Panay Island.​ All photos from Save the Children

IN PHOTOS: Kids, kids, kids after Yolanda

Nov 13, 2014 - 7:34 PM

Nothing beats a child’s imagination not even a super typhoon like Yolanda

Malnourished, before and after Yolanda

Nov 12, 2014 - 6:07 PM

Twins Jake and Jesabel are fine now but in the coming months it is still uncertain whether they will still be all right

#AfterYolanda: 12,000 die of diseases in E. Visayas

Nov 12, 2014 - 4:19 PM

It s double the number of those who died during the storm Causes are hypertensive vascular disease pneumonia trauma and accidents cancer of all forms and tuberculosis

File photo by P.K. Lee/MSF

Fishers resettlement plan 'solves' no-build zone issue

Nov 12, 2014 - 12:40 PM

To protect fisherfolk from storm surge fish landings will be built by the shore to ensure they have access to the sea even if they live farther from the shore

Waves for water for northern Iloilo’s Yolanda survivors

Nov 12, 2014 - 9:15 AM

A year after Typhoon Yolanda there are still places in Western Visayas which have little or zero access to clean drinking water

WATER. Waves for Water, a community of international surfers, and local NGO Ambag give access to clean drinking water to survivors of typhoon Yolanda in northern Iloilo. Photos by Jesyl Gabrielle Gubatanga.

After the storm: A shark's tail

Nov 11, 2014 - 11:31 PM

Watch the story of a dive guide from Malapascua and his life after Haiyan

Malacañang’s Yolanda aid dilemma: Speed or procedure?

Nov 11, 2014 - 7:28 PM

Other towns in Leyte share Tacloban City s disappointment with the slow and inadequate flow of funds Budget Secretary Florencio Abad concedes the rigid process needs to adjust to disasters of this magnitude

Typhoon aid to PH hurt by poor coordination – charities

Nov 11, 2014 - 6:36 PM

A study of the aid delivery by 5 charities finds a lack of communication between international aid providers their local counterparts and the government

HOMELESS SURVIVORS. Up to 14,500 Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors still live in tents as of July 2014, the government says. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Capiz young people bounce back after Yolanda

Nov 11, 2014 - 8:00 AM

One hundred out of school youths receive training on bread and pastry making carpentry massage and meat and fish processing finding employment afterwards

John Paul F. Cadiz

Romualdez lied, performed 'below par' – Lacson

Nov 10, 2014 - 2:45 PM

Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo Lacson blasts Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez for being difficult and siding with anti government protesters

SET ASIDE POLITICS. Rehabiliation czar Panfilo Lacson urges local government officials to set aside politics for the sake of efficient Yolanda rehabilitation. Photo by Josh Albelda

Yolanda: Isang paggunita

Nov 10, 2014 - 11:48 AM

Mahalagang mabatid na halos lahat ng nagkakamalay tungkol sa isang kalamidad ay mga biktima – iba t ibang antas lamang ang tindi ng pagkakapinsala at pagdadalamhati

Yolanda stories show durability of human spirit

Nov 09, 2014 - 5:53 PM

In this video produced by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom the unshaken and durable component human spirit is evident despite the wrath of Typhoon Yolanda

Tacloban and its uneven recovery

Nov 09, 2014 - 5:45 PM

The use of different strokes for different folks has resulted in different capacities for recovery with implications on how people are reorienting their lives in the post Yolanda context

WAITING FOR HELP. Children play along the shore in Tacloban, which was devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) nearly a year ago, on October 17, 2014. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

DSWD: Zero tents in Yolanda-affected areas by yearend

Nov 09, 2014 - 2:47 PM

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

Payback time for the big polluters?

Nov 09, 2014 - 1:39 PM

We have moved on to looking at which projects need to be stopped who should pay for the damages and how much

Post-Yolanda, NGOs make things happen in north Iloilo

Nov 09, 2014 - 12:57 PM

Numerous NGOs help in a big way in the ongoing rehabilitation in northern Iloilo post Yolanda

Thanks to local and international NGOs, school buildings have been repaired but it is hardly back to normal for people in northern Iloilo. Photo by Joselito Villasis/Typhoon Yolanda Story Hub Visayas

PH to foreign militaries: Thank you for Yolanda aid

Nov 09, 2014 - 12:29 PM

AFP chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr says he personally thanked chiefs of foreign militaries during the annual Chiefs of Defense Conference held in Brunei last week

AFP Chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr