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Mandatory review of disaster law did not take place in Congress

Aug 24, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'Nasa batas ng (Republic Act) 10121 that after 5 years, kakaroon ng 'sunset review'…Ngunit sa kasamaang palad... Congress did not call for a sunset review,' says former National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Executive Director Alexander Pama

SUNSET REVIEW. Former NDRRMC Executive Director Alexander Pama says no formal review of Republic Act 10121 took place in Congress. Photo from Rappler

D5 Studio to represent PH in Editors Lab Final in Vienna

Jul 12, 2016 - 10:46 AM

The winning team s project is a training simulation website that focuses on preparing journalists for disaster reporting

WINNING TEAM. Candice Montenegro, journalist (leftmost), RJ Si, developer (middle) and Red Redrico, graphic designer (rightmost) from D5 Studio present their training simulation website to a jury of media and disaster experts during the Editors Lab Conference. Photo by

WATCH: Editors Lab Conference 2016

Jul 08, 2016 - 4:03 PM

On the second day of the Philippines Editors Lab participants will present their projects to a jury of media and disaster experts

WATCH: Rappler, GEN host hackathon for leading media orgs in PH

Jul 07, 2016 - 11:54 AM

Leading media networks in the country will gather for a two day hackathon to create news app prototypes that can be used during disasters

BRP Tarlac: Hindi lang pang-giyera, pang disaster pa

Jul 01, 2016 - 3:50 PM

The BRP Tarlac is the country s newest and largest military sea vessel and the current pride of the Navy

UNPARALLELED. The BRP Tarlac is the country's current biggest and newest ship (file photo). Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Pama's advice to next NDRRMC chief? 'Coordination, teamwork'

Jun 29, 2016 - 6:46 PM

Alexander Pama the outgoing executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says saving a lot of lives is his proudest legacy

DRRM IN PH. Alexander Pama talks to Rappler about his achievements and the challenges he faced as the country's disaster management chief. Screenshot from Rappler

Alexander Pama: Learning lessons from managing disasters

Jun 29, 2016 - 1:57 PM

Undersecretary Alexander Pama talks to Maria Ressa on the lessons he has learned in managing disasters and the challenges that still lie ahead

NDRRMC to LGUs: Don't take low pressure area lightly

Jun 25, 2016 - 7:45 PM

A low pressure area LPA east of Surigao City might bring floods and landslides to parts of the country

NDRRMC, MMDA: 2016 #Pagyanig, #MMShakeDrill more organized, widespread

Jun 22, 2016 - 6:47 PM

Disaster managers say that the drill shows heightened public awareness and enhanced capacity to respond if a major earthquake strikes

COVER. Government employees evacuated at the Grandstand in Camp Aguinaldo. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Authorities set stage for second #MMShakeDrill

May 13, 2016 - 10:56 AM

This year s Metro Manila Shake Drill takes place on June 22

#RescueMarch 2016: Responders go the distance to save lives

Apr 26, 2016 - 2:18 PM

Some 700 disaster responders and uniformed men walk from the Bonifacio Shrine near Manila City Hall to Fort Bonifacio to prepare for the worse case scenario in case the West Valley Fault System moves

Negros Island Region activates disaster management council

Jan 15, 2016 - 7:15 AM

The council is chaired by Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Blanche Gobenchiong and currently has 8 personnel in its office in Bacolod City

Soldiers with relief goods ambushed by rebels in Northern Samar

Dec 22, 2015 - 8:46 PM

One Philippine Army soldier dies while 2 others are wounded after New People s Army fighters attacked them while transporting relief goods

#OnyokPH: Help map critical reports

Dec 19, 2015 - 12:28 AM

Share critical information such as flooded areas damaged roads or people in need of rescue by reporting your location and the situation on the Agos Disaster Alert Map

Large trucks needed for Typhoon Nona relief operations

Dec 18, 2015 - 9:51 PM

Fourteen wheeler trucks are needed to deliver relief goods and temporary shelter assistance to devastated areas

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

Damage from Typhoon Lando soars to P6B

Oct 20, 2015 - 9:46 PM

The provinces of Aurora and Nueva Ecija are the hardest hit in the onslaught of Typhoon Lando over the weekend

Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Why Pangasinan is under signal 1 but still on red alert

Oct 20, 2015 - 6:39 PM

Ang ulan ay hindi bahagi ng typhoon signal natin Rainfall isn t part of our typhoon signal says PAGASA s Dr Vic Malano

Typhoon Lando brings needed water to Luzon dams

Oct 19, 2015 - 1:57 PM

Government is closely monitoring Angat Dam in Bulacan and Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija

TYPHOON LANDO. Government is closely monitoring the water level of Angat Dam in Bulacan. File photo from Wikipedia

NDRRMC 'strongly' urges forced evacuation in 4 provinces

Oct 17, 2015 - 7:32 PM

3rd UPDATE These provinces are Isabela Cagayan Quirino and Aurora

As Typhoon Lando intensifies, NDRRMC recommends local government units in 4 provinces to already conduct forced evacuation. File photo by Joel Liporada

72 families in Isabela town evacuated ahead of Typhoon Lando

Oct 17, 2015 - 2:37 PM

The government is also monitoring major river basins in order to advise local government units when to conduct pre emptive evacuation

NDRRMC sends relief to flooded Santa town in Ilocos Sur

Aug 22, 2015 - 2:42 PM

The disaster agency is discussing possible air evacuation of the residents of flooded island barangays while Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman says there are enough relief goods available

ISLAND BARANGAYS. Screenshot of Google maps

NDRRMC chief, Dantes partner to tap youth for disaster response

Aug 19, 2015 - 2:12 PM

The nation s youth are now institutional partners in the promotion of national and local disaster management efforts

 Image courtesy of the NDRRMC.

Aquino legacy: Defying China

Jul 14, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Part 1: Was it a mistake to involve the US in the Scarborough Shoal standoff? Rappler gets the inside story to understand how the Philippines decided to file its historic case against China

High resolution West Valley Fault maps launched

May 18, 2015 - 3:59 PM

Disaster officials say detailed maps showing danger zones will help Metro Manila and surrounding provinces prepare for a 7 2 magnitude earthquake expected within our lifetime

LAUNCHED. The Valley Fault System Atlas is launched on May 18, 2015 by Phivolcs, MMDA, NDRRMC and UNDP officials. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

On Typhoon Chedeng and a 'miracle'

Apr 07, 2015 - 12:55 PM

Talk of miracles has no place in statements from the government

Disaster rescuers ready to help, but need support

Apr 06, 2015 - 1:33 PM

Show your support by joining the Rescue MARCH on April 26

FIRST RESPONDERS. Rescuers led by Orange Helmets' Martin Aguda, ERIC's Bong Grajo, and Everest Doctor Ted Esguerra march to Quezon Circle in the 2014 Rescue March.

10,000 Baler tourists warned ahead of Chedeng landfall

Apr 02, 2015 - 2:05 PM

We have historical data that the storm surge prone area over Aurora is Baler Bay says a PAGASA official

Chedeng slightly weakens; landfall by Saturday evening

Apr 02, 2015 - 12:27 PM

Storm signal number 1 will be raised over Bicol and Samar provinces within the next 12 hours PAGASA warns of possible storm surges of up to 4 meters over the eastern coast of Samar Bicol and Aurora Quezon

MTSAT ENHANCED IR satellite image, 11:01 am, April 2. Image courtesy of PAGASA

What if a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits Marikina?

Mar 27, 2015 - 5:37 PM

Marikina leads the nationwide earthquake drill to prepare for a major earthquake that can be caused by the movement of the West Valley fault

Firefighters use different tools as they rescue mock victims inside a collapsed structures and cars during the 1st quarter simultaneous nationwide earthquake drill led by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRMC) in Marikina City on Friday, March 27. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

Will the free mobile disaster alerts law finally be implemented?

Feb 27, 2015 - 4:31 PM

A public hearing on the implementing rules and regulations of the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act was conducted on February 26 to discuss some issues surrounding the law

'Pass your papers': PH irons out final preps for papal visit

Jan 15, 2015 - 1:37 PM

Over half a million Filipinos will be able to fit along the 22 kilometer route from the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City to the Pope’s official residence in Manila – his first interaction with the general public in the Philippines

A worker places a poster of Pope Francis in a street in Manila in preparation for his 4-day visit. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

UN: PH does 'excellent job' in applying Yolanda lessons

Dec 09, 2014 - 4:38 PM

We have been telling this story since the Indian Ocean tsunami 10 years ago that nations and communities have the power to reduce their losses if they are well organized says UNISDR Chief Margareta Wahlström

THE CHIEF: National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council executive director Alexander Pama. Rappler photo

#RubyPH kills 11, affects over 2 million – NDRRMC

Dec 09, 2014 - 10:34 AM

Globe and Smart services are still down in some parts of Leyte and Eastern Samar making a full assessment of the ground situation difficult

'HELP US': A typhoon victim pleads for help in the town of Taft, Samar on December 7, 2014. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

#RubyPH: At least 3 dead, a million affected

Dec 07, 2014 - 7:34 PM

UPDATED NDRRMC chief Alexander Pama says they re still waiting for more reports from the field

TYPHOON RUBY. A man steps out of a house damaged by Typhoon Ruby in Borongan, Eastern Samar, on December 7, 2014. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Priority is clearing roads, runway for relief operations

Dec 07, 2014 - 2:55 PM

UPDATED Troops have cleared a major road in Jiabong town early Sunday afternoon December 7 paving the way for relief operations

AFTERMATH. Residents wade through floodwaters in Borongan, Northern Samar or December 7, 2014. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

NDRRMC taps social media for faster #RubyResponse

Dec 06, 2014 - 7:56 PM

We urge everybody to refrain from posting unverified and unnecessary prank messages This is a serious matter We want to help our countrymen who need help says NDRRMC Chief Alexander Pama

Typhoon Ruby: Have we learned lessons from Yolanda?

Dec 06, 2014 - 11:00 AM

This year s strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines so far will test how the government has taken to heart the hard lessons from Super Typhoon Yolanda

LAST-MINUTE PHONE CALLS: NDRRMC chief Alexander Pama leads preparations for the strongest typhoon to hit the country in 2014

‘Don't lower guard amid slightly weaker Ruby’

Dec 05, 2014 - 10:28 PM

The national disaster management body says Ruby Hagupit remains a strong typhoon with a 600 kilometer diameter cloud cover At least 47 provinces and Metro Manila are considered potential high risk areas

NDRRMC briefing: Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, AFP chief Gregorio Catapang Jr and NDRRMC chief Alexander Pama huddle a day before Typhoon Ruby makes landfall

#RubyPH: Metro Manila on alert for flooding

Dec 05, 2014 - 1:22 PM

Mayors of flood prone areas in the capital prepare for Typhoon Ruby

WIDE RADIUS: The edge of Typhoon Ruby's radius is expected to hit Metro Manila

Typhoon Ruby: Aquino won't accept excuses

Dec 04, 2014 - 7:37 PM

The checklist for what should be done [ahead of Typhoon Ruby] preferably should have been done yesterday President Benigno Aquino III tells national agencies

READY? President Benigno S. Aquino III listens to the updates on the government’s pre-disaster readiness preparation for the impact of Typhoon Ruby at the NDRRMC headquarters on December 04, 2014. Photo by Gil Nartea/Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Disaster management chief says agency needs overhaul

Nov 05, 2014 - 9:52 PM

Undersecretary Alexander Pama acknowledges his agency needs a boost in capacity capability and credibility but stresses that disaster preparedness is also the business of every Filipino

NEW PRIORITY. President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the discussion on climate change during the meeting with his cabinet cluster, August 6, 2014. Photo from Malacanang

4 things that kill during typhoons

Oct 09, 2014 - 8:43 AM

Because information is critical during disasters media plays a crucial role as mediator between government and citizens says Science and Technology Assistant Secretary Raymund Liboro

BETTER REPORTING. Science and Technology Assistant Secretary Raymund Liboro says the media is the 'mediator' between government and citizens during disasters. File photo from the DOST website

Luzon dams release water, Pagasa warns of flooding

Sep 19, 2014 - 10:55 PM

UPDATED At least 3 dams in Luzon have opened up to 6 gates as of 6am on Saturday September 20

#MARIOPH BRIEFING: NDRRMC executive director Alexander Pama

At least 3 dead from #MarioPH

Sep 19, 2014 - 5:17 PM

UPDATED The disaster management council reports nearly 500 000 Filipinos affected by Tropical Storm Mario which placed most of Luzon and parts of the Visayas under Red Rainfall Warning Friday

LIKE A RIVER. Quezon City residents swim in the flood brought about by Tropical Storm Mario (Fung-Wong) on September 19. EPA/Ritchie Tongo

Gov't claims #LuisPH brought ‘zero casualty’

Sep 15, 2014 - 2:02 PM

The disaster management council rethinks the 3 deaths from the sinking of M V Maharlika 2 as deaths attributed to the typhoon

BETTER PREPARATIONS? NDRRMC council convenes after typhoon Luis batters Northern Luzon. Rappler photo

#GlendaPH damage at P10.46B, 98 deaths

Jul 23, 2014 - 12:59 PM

Based on the latest report 330 433 families or 1 600 298 persons are affected by the typhoon a third of them in evacuation centers

#GlendaPH leaves almost 100 dead, P7.4B in damage

Jul 21, 2014 - 3:59 PM

Typhoon Glenda leaves at least 97 people dead most of them in Quezon province More than 1 6 million people in 7 regions are affected

DAMAGE. Government officials conduct a aerial survey of areas affected by Typhoon Glenda. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Air Force

#GlendaPH: Initial agri, infra damage at P1.2B

Jul 17, 2014 - 12:36 PM

UPDATED Transmission lines in the Bicol Region – composed of Albay Camarines Sur Camarines Norte Catanduanes Sorsogon and Masbate – are still down

After #GlendaPH, more bad weather coming?

Jul 16, 2014 - 1:34 PM

Two new low pressure areas LPAs have been spotted in the northwestern Pacific Ocean but there is a low chance for development into stronger weather systems in the coming days

Visible loop image of System 93W as of 16 July 2014, 04:01 UTC. Image courtesy NOAA