Ondoy - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Ondoy


Brothers, soldiers

Nov 15, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Gregorio Mainar has been taking care of his kid brother, Ondoy, since he was born. Now, as Ondoy lies in a coma, Gregorio and his family prepare to take care of him for the rest of his life.

SPECIAL CARE. Gregorio Mainar and his wife, Sheryle, feed Arvin through a tube. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

How an entrepreneur turned a 'public enemy' into a money-making resource

Jul 30, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The water hyacinth considered a public enemy for clogging waterways and causing severe flooding is now being transformed into useful products by a Laguna community thanks to a Los Baños entrepreneur

Cebu presidential debate shows candidates' weak climate stance

Mar 21, 2016 - 8:18 PM

Is this the type of climate leadership that the Philippines deserves from its next president?

Image courtesy Alyssa Arizabal / Rappler

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Jan 13, 2016 - 6:24 PM

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The disaster risk reduction genius of the indigenous

Oct 12, 2015 - 4:48 PM

The indigenous ways of mitigating disaster risks are still very much alive and they teach us that our instincts are not to be ignored But this does not mean that science is less important

Marikina youth learn use of social media for disaster response

Jun 27, 2015 - 9:58 PM

Marikina youth and local government officials learn how to use Rappler s Project Agos online platform for reporting emergencies during disasters

UP disaster scientist wins top European geosciences award

Apr 16, 2015 - 11:09 PM

UPDATED Europe’s premier geosciences union recognizes Dr Alfredo Mahar Lagmay for his outstanding work on volcanic hazards earthquakes typhoons landslides and floods

Recto: After 150 years, time to upgrade PAGASA

Mar 28, 2015 - 7:48 PM

PAGASA says it needs P3 9 billion for modern equipment and facilities

Int'l aid groups urge PH gov't: Learn from Ondoy, review DRRM law

Sep 27, 2014 - 2:00 PM

For us to learn the lessons from Ondoy the government must seriously take into account the vulnerabilities of individuals and communities in terms of poverty gender age

Looking back: the records of Ondoy

Sep 26, 2014 - 3:03 PM

Five years after Ondoy hit the country its record remains unmatched by other disasters that followed

When it rains

Sep 23, 2014 - 5:42 PM

The rain ceased being romantic and wind chimes in turn fluttered an angry battlecry I cannot sit here and wait

Ondoy memories prepare Marikina residents for #MarioPH

Sep 19, 2014 - 6:11 PM

More than 25 500 people are in evacuation centers but most residents have learned from the lessons of Tropical Storm Ondoy It s much easier now because the people know what to do

#MarioPH: Is it Ondoy all over again?

Sep 19, 2014 - 11:32 AM

UPDATED The amount of rainfall spells the difference between Tropical Storm Ondoy and the southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm Mario

LIKE ONDOY? A Filipino child frolics on flood waters brought by typhoon Fung-Wong at a street in Manila, the Philippines, September 19, 2014. Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Relocatees start all over after hit twice by typhoons

Aug 09, 2014 - 8:32 PM

The wind started to blow hard at 11 pm everyone was completely scared We could hear people calling for help but it was hard to help them because of the blackout

After Ondoy: Hope for the Upper Marikina Watershed

Jul 06, 2014 - 9:17 AM

Years after deforestation in the watershed contributed to Ondoy floods the trees are making a comeback

FOREST GUARDIANS. Tess Argota (foreground) and a village volunteer look at a growing seedling in a reforestation site in Calawis, Antipolo in the Upper Marikina Watershed. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Pasig modernizes disaster management

Jun 25, 2014 - 11:56 AM

What has Pasig City learned from tropical storm Ondoy? How are they applying it to prepare for future disasters?

Pasig City: Learning from Ondoy, ready for the rain

Jun 18, 2014 - 6:43 PM

Pasig City is a recognized leader in urban disaster preparedness But the city was not always this prepared Rappler takes a look at what makes this City resilient

Pasig City weapons vs disaster: Communication, cooperation

Mar 17, 2014 - 11:14 PM

What has Pasig City learned from Ondoy? How do residents prepare for natural disasters?

Pasig City: Bonding communities key to disaster mitigation

Mar 11, 2014 - 1:39 PM

Learning from past disasters Pasig City creates a system where its communities help each another in times of crisis

ONE COMMUNITY. Pasig City conducts a tabletop simulation for disaster preparedness. All images by Gen Cruz/ Rappler

Wanted: ‘Build Back Better’ agency

Feb 26, 2014 - 12:33 PM

It s time to rethink the role of the NDRRMC and create a dedicated disaster management agency

NEED FOR RECOVERY. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Gilbert Teodoro: Agency more powerful than NDRRMC needed

Dec 08, 2013 - 1:43 AM

I think we need a new agency with the capacity to actually take the leadership role and respond if necessary to these disasters

A month after Haiyan: Rebuilding a resilient society

Dec 07, 2013 - 12:30 PM

Technical fixes are important but real rebuilding starts now in improving the capacity of communities and local governments

Failed relocation in 'Bayan ni Juan'

Nov 23, 2013 - 10:00 AM

Residents are so impoverished sex for food prostitution exists in the community

Urgently needed, a new disaster agency

Nov 23, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Natural calamities come to the Philippines like clockwork The real disaster lies in our response to this hard reality


Ondoy couple also survives Yolanda; has new baby

Nov 18, 2013 - 9:17 AM

The story of the Maitim couple is one of survival loss and literally having new life

Yolanda 5th major global storm to hit PH since 2007

Nov 09, 2013 - 12:25 AM

Of 13 major storms worldwide since 2007 5 made landfall in the Philippines

GMA, Napoles face plunder charges over Malampaya fund

Oct 03, 2013 - 10:38 PM

Arroyo and 5 members of her cabinet are named in the plunder complaint for the misuse of the Malampaya fund

BY THE NUMBERS: Ondoy, Habagat 2012, Habagat 2013

Sep 26, 2013 - 10:58 PM

In recent years monsoon rains or habagat have become as destructive as Ondoy and other storms that enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility PAR

CONVERSATION: Where were you during Ondoy?

Sep 26, 2013 - 10:26 PM

RememberOndoy: 4 years after Ondoy people share with us on Twitter their stories and the lessons they learned using

Rappler Hangout: Learning from the rains

Sep 26, 2013 - 5:39 PM

We remember the lessons learned from the rains of Ondoy Ketsana and how using social media has evolved in helping respond and coordinate with victims in times of disaster

Ondoy 4 years after: Managing the unavoidable

Sep 26, 2013 - 5:08 PM

It s been 4 years ago since Ondoy the year of reckoning in our country in terms of dealing with extreme weather events caused by climate change

Are we ready for another Ondoy?

Sep 26, 2013 - 1:45 PM

On the anniversary of the disaster Climate Change Commissioner Lucille Sering lists 5 ways to better prepare us for disasters

LEARNING FROM DISASTER. Learnings from Ondoy can help make the Philippines a more climate-resilient country

Pay it forward: Israel helps 'Maring' victims

Sep 14, 2013 - 3:02 PM

Israel helps victims of Maring still reciiprocating for what we once did for its people

HISTORIC TIES. Israel's mutual assistance with the Philippines goes back to Quezon's presidency

[DASH OF SAS] RH in crisis situations

Sep 10, 2013 - 11:10 AM

Family planning is a life saving intervention for women and girls in humanitarian crises

The rains of Maring: Lessons learned

Aug 22, 2013 - 9:00 AM

To work preparedness must be a public private endeavor Unfortunately the business and commercial sectors went their merry way

SONA, science, screens: Disaster preparedness 101

Jul 25, 2013 - 11:00 AM

A video produced by Sen Loren Legarda and Director Brillante Mendoza shows the how to of disaster preparedness

Social capital for disaster prevention

Jun 25, 2013 - 10:47 PM

Barangay Bagong Silangan implements a house to house scheme for disaster mitigation

Marcos: We did nothing since Ondoy, Pepeng

Jun 20, 2013 - 3:10 PM

Sen Bongbong Marcos asks why the government needs 22 years to complete its flood control master plan

'TOO LONG.' Sen Bongbong Marcos asks why the government needs 22 years to complete its flood control master plan. Photo by Senate PRIB, Cesar Tomambo

Hopefully, no more flooding in the metro

Apr 03, 2013 - 10:35 PM

Water pumping stations due for rehabilitation after the elections have been in operation for an average of 34 years

PH flood control plan takes cue from Amsterdam

Feb 17, 2013 - 1:47 PM

The DPWH launches its ambitious P351 72 billion flood management master plan

FLOOD CONTROL. The DPWH introduces its ambitious P352-billion flood management master plan for Metro Manila. Photo taken from Wikipedia

A year after Sendong: Lessons from the past

Dec 15, 2012 - 10:15 PM

During disasters preparedness is the best defense against loss of lives

After Ondoy, businesses more flood-ready

Aug 20, 2012 - 9:43 PM

After hard lessons learned when typhoon Ondoy hit leading businesses protected themselves from risk by beefing up their insurance redesigning infrastructure and putting in place disaster response plans

Flooding and social trust

Aug 13, 2012 - 3:18 PM

When people refused to evacuate they knew exactly what they were doing They were behaving this way because of the absence of social trust in institutions that in the past had provided very little for them and their families

A journalistic charge and the 'bayanihan' spirit

Aug 12, 2012 - 10:58 PM

Filipino resiliency and the quick collective action to help are commendable and it shows our resolve to do what is needed to make a difference – but it doesn’t have to stop there

Lessons from Ondoy

Aug 12, 2012 - 8:47 PM

All of the conditions for disease are present such as standing and polluted water inadequate – or nonexistent – sanitation as well as hundreds of thousands of people in tightly packed evacuation centers

PH towns better prepared vs floods - Oxfam

Aug 11, 2012 - 1:00 PM

Towns in Rizal and Laguna have boosted their defenses against disaster after learning from Ondoy says international aid group Oxfam

Should Filipinos thrive only in tragedy?

Aug 11, 2012 - 9:37 AM

Filipinos are waterproof Stormproof even But while laudable how long can we remain so?

Disaster and the wisdom of the crowd

Aug 08, 2012 - 6:29 PM

It’s a brave new world full of infinite possibilities The challenge is how to harness individual efforts to achieve scale and solve big problems

Rainfall over Metro surpasses 'Ondoy'

Aug 07, 2012 - 4:10 PM

Rainfall during the past 22 hours has surpassed the rainfall recorded during tropical storm Ondoy in 2009

Filipino values emerge in deluge

Aug 07, 2012 - 2:22 PM

Filipinos put their families first amid flooding that reminded them of tropical storm Ondoy while a few take advantage of the situation