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Cebu Pacific to deliver donations for Typhoon Tisoy victims for free

Dec 06, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Donors will have to get an endorsement from the Department of the Interior and Local Government for Cebu Pacific to accommodate their cargo

RELIEF GOODS NEEDED. Residents affected by Typhoon Tisoy are in urgent need of food items and shelter repair materials, among others. File photo from Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Tulunan officials seek help for earthquake victims

Oct 31, 2019 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) Municipal officials have asked provincial officials and the national government for more tents, food packs, and trauma healing for earthquake victims

DESTROYED. A structure in Tulunan, Cotabato, is destroyed following a tremor. Tulunan was the epicenter of 3 strong earthquakes in October 2019. Photo courtesy of the Tulunan MDRRMO

How are PH tsunami warning systems maintained?

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:30 AM

To many, what took place in Indonesia serves as a reminder for the Philippines to ensure that preparations for such disasters are continuously being implemented and improved

Slow progress in Rapu-Rapu mine rehabilitation

May 08, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Rapu-Rapu Mayor Ronald Galicia says local officials are 'clueless' on the activities in the mining site where two major mine spills happened 13 years ago

Expert: PH tech, understanding of disasters 'on par with world's best'

Mar 02, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Dr Alfredo Mahar Francisco Lagmay says the Philippines is among the few countries that invested in LiDAR technology, which helps build disaster-resilient communities

BEST TECH. An expert on natural hazards said that the Filipino technology and understanding of natural hazards is at par with the best in the world. Photo by Don Kevin Hapal

Mudflow threat builds with more lava, debris from Mayon

Jan 30, 2018 - 12:53 PM

The threat of catastrophic mudflows is building on the slopes of Mayon, where nearly 90,000 residents have been moved out of harm's way

POSSIBLE MUDFLOW CHANNEL. A shallow river is seen with the Mayon volcano in the background in Sto Domingo, Albay, January 30, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NDRRMC to public: Monitor weather updates this Christmas

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:40 AM

The reminder comes as PAGASA monitors a low pressure area which could enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this week

WATCH: Bike Scouts PH, the unsung heroes of Yolanda

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Bike Scouts Philippines is made up of volunteer bicycle messengers who respond to isolated areas in the aftermath of a disaster

Gordon likens preparing for disasters to ‘symphony orchestra’

Jul 08, 2017 - 4:42 PM

Senator Richard Gordon Philippine Red Cross chairman says effective disaster preparedness requires meticulous planning a wide arsenal of equipment and vehicles and committed volunteers

Philippine Red Cross Senator chairman Richard Gordon during Day 2 of the AGOS Summit on Disater Preparedness at the SM Aura Samsung Hall in Taguig on July 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

What is Agos?

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:58 AM

Agos uses technology for disaster preparedness and to save lives during natural disasters

What to do during aftershocks

May 26, 2017 - 12:23 AM

Here are 3 things to do during aftershocks

EARTHQUAKE DRILL. Employees of the Office of Civil Defense simulate an evacuation.  Photo from the OCD

Thousands of passengers stranded due to Tropical Depression Crising

Apr 15, 2017 - 6:34 PM

UPDATED The Office of Civil Defense advises travelers not to proceed to seaports after the cancellation of sea trips due to Tropical Depression Crising

Floods hit Lanao del Sur, Bukidnon; Cagayan de Oro still on alert

Jan 19, 2017 - 1:25 PM

The tail end of a cold front triggers more floods in parts of Mindanao

Senate donates P28M to typhoon-hit Cagayan

Dec 21, 2016 - 8:35 PM

The donation according to the provincial public information officer was taken from the Senate s savings this year

Photo c/o Adrian Portugal/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: 3 years after Super Typhoon Yolanda

Nov 07, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Three years into recovery and rehabilitation efforts in affected areas what has happened since?

RECOVERY. A wooden motorized boat sails past rebuilt houses that cover the coastline which were destroyed at the height of typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Leyte on November 2, 2015. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Over 1,800 people evacuate in Pampanga due to floods

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:15 PM

Most of the evacuees are from the town of Sta Rita

Habagat affects 69,000 people

Aug 14, 2016 - 8:00 AM

At least 79 evacuation centers are opened in affected areas in Luzon

FLOODWATER. Children wade through waist-deep floodwater caused by southwest monsoon rain along AFP Road in Holy Spirit in Quezon City. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

South Cotabato mom helps farmers in her community get crop insurance

Mar 07, 2016 - 11:30 PM

A mother always wants the best for children Serving the barangay is just like serving my own family says 41 year old Evangeline Marfil

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS CHAMPION. Evangeline Marfil is instrumental in making her village's system of governance responsive to disasters. Photo by Joy Maluyo

Ports closed due to #OnyokPH

Dec 18, 2015 - 11:30 PM

At least 4 500 passengers 109 rolling cargoes 38 vessels and 15 vessels are stranded in various seaports before Tropical Depression Onyok makes landfall

HIGHLIGHTS: Tindog Tayo 2016 forum on disaster preparedness

Nov 25, 2015 - 1:21 PM

What should the next Philippine president do to address the country s vulnerability to disasters and climate change?

Rappler Talk: How the next president should manage disasters

Nov 23, 2015 - 1:53 PM

Watch this interview with Maria Fellizar Cagay lead covenor of the Disaster Risk Reduction Network

TIMELINE: PH policies on climate change and disaster management

Nov 01, 2015 - 4:28 PM

Learn about relevant policies on climate change and disaster management in the Philippines

Cagayan, Isabela, brace for Tropical Storm Egay

Jul 04, 2015 - 10:05 PM

UPDATED Cagayan and Isabela officials hope that Egay would bring just enough rain to help farmers recover from the dry spell

Mount Bulusan spews ash

Jun 16, 2015 - 12:53 PM

UPDATED Stronger explosions in Sorsogon s Mount Bulusan are possible in the coming days

ASH EXPLOSION. Bulusan Volcano Explosion at 11am June 16 2015. Image courtesy PDRRMO Sorsogon

Schools, hospitals near West Valley Fault

May 23, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Some key facilities in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces may be affected if a magnitude 7 2 earthquake strikes along the West Valley Fault Know what they are

ANGAT WATERSHED. The Angat Watershed, which supplies majority of Metro Manila's water needs, is one of the critical installations affected by the West Valley Fault.  MANILA, Philippines -

Typhoon Chedeng enters PH area of responsibility

Apr 02, 2015 - 12:16 AM

The bureau says it is ready to raise Public Storm Warning Signal number 1 in Bicol and Samar provinces in the next 18 hours

TYPHOON CHEDENG. MTSAT-floater rainbow IR image of Typhoon Maysak (Chedeng), April 1, 2015, 15:32 UTC (11:32 pm PH time). Image courtesy US NOAA

IN PHOTOS: Typhoon Maysak, seen from space

Apr 01, 2015 - 9:16 AM

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti posts haunting images of Maysak taken while aboard the International Space Station

State of emergency as Super Typhoon Maysak batters Micronesia

Apr 01, 2015 - 8:46 AM

Micronesia President: There is extensive damage to schools health facilities public utilities private residences and the sinking of several fishing passenger and dive ships

Maysak moves closer to PAR's eastern edge

Apr 01, 2015 - 7:50 AM

Typhoon Maysak strengthens further overnight Wednesday April 1 as it moves closer to the eastern edge of the Philippine Area of Responsibility

THREAT. MTSAT-Floater visible image of Typhoon Maysak as of March 31, 2015, 23:01 UTC (April 1, 2015, 7:01 PH time). Image courtesy NOAA

Maysak now a super typhoon, to weaken as it enters PAR

Mar 31, 2015 - 10:03 PM

The typhoon is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Wednesday evening April 1 or Thursday morning April 2 and will be named Chedeng

Pacific islands brace for possible super typhoon

Mar 31, 2015 - 1:31 PM

UPDATED Chuuk Island receives a direct hit March 29 from Typhoon Maysak leaving the island devastated System is expected to enter Philippine Area of Responsibility PAR either Wednesday or Thursday

MENACING. Visible satellite image of Typhoon Maysak, March 31, 2015. Image courtesy SSD/NOAA

Typhoon Maysak intensifies

Mar 31, 2015 - 12:04 PM

The severe weather system is expected to enter PAR by Wednesday evening April 1 or early Thursday April 2; storm seen to strengthen then weaken as it nears Philippine landmass

MENACING. Visible satellite image of Typhoon Maysak, March 31, 2015. Image courtesy SSD/NOAA

Typhoon Maysak gains speed, still far from PH area

Mar 30, 2015 - 11:54 AM

Maysak is expected to enter the PAR by Wednesday April 1; once it enters the area it will be given the local name Chedeng

PAGASA MTSAT visualization released 11 am March 30, 2015. Image courtesy PAGASA

Lessons from Japan: Rebuilding agriculture after disasters

Mar 18, 2015 - 8:00 PM

resilient livelihoods in a country as extremely affected by climate related disasters as the Philippines is possible

PH to share 'best practices' for new int'l disaster framework

Mar 11, 2015 - 2:59 PM

The country s experience of Typhoon Haiyan and Tyhoon Hagupit is expected to contribute to the crafting of the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action

DOUBLE TIME. Volunteers rush the repacking of relief goods at the social welfare department’s Pasay City warehouse for areas affected by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) in various regions. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Cebu island refuses housing help for Yolanda victims

Feb 28, 2015 - 7:30 AM

The new guideline introduced by the DSWD will render ineligible 60 of the previously identified 17 000 housing beneficiaries

Sulfur rain

Feb 15, 2015 - 8:00 AM

First the explosion And then matter that looked like manna from heaven but stung like shards of glass

After Yolanda, Glenda, Ruby, Samar farmers face hunger, poverty

Jan 06, 2015 - 6:31 PM

Having lived in one of the most disaster prone regions in the country every storm pushes them deeper into the mire of poverty

Waiting for Ruby

Dec 10, 2014 - 4:47 PM

Maybe now more Filipinos and media can be a bit more supportive and have a little more faith in PAGASA s expertise

Albay seeks to evacuate 600k people before #RubyPH strikes

Dec 05, 2014 - 6:18 PM

Albay Governor Joey Salceda has ordered the evacuation of 183 180 families or close to 600 000 people threatened by lahar floods landslides and storm surges

Bicol braces for massive landslides, lahar flow

Dec 05, 2014 - 12:33 AM

Pre emptive evacuation is being carried out in Albay as government scientists warn of heavy damage to agriculture property and life in the Bicol region if precautions are not taken early enough

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Sep 16, 2014 - 8:38 PM

State of calamity in cities towns around Mayon SC: Aquino can seek compensation for Tubbataha damages US bobms ISIS for the first time

State of calamity in cities, towns around Mayon

Sep 16, 2014 - 1:21 PM

UPDATED Albay Governor Jose Salceda orders mandatory evacuation for people living within the danger zone around Mayon Volcano

ON ALERT. Albay Governor Jose Salceda (seated, R) presides over a joint meeting of provincial and regional disaster officials at the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Legazpi City, 16 September 2014. Image courtesy Gov Salceda's page on Facebook

Magnitude 5.3 quake hits Quezon

Sep 03, 2014 - 10:28 PM

The earthquake was felt in Quezon City Mandaluyong City Makati City Quezon province Nueva Ecija and Laguna

#JosePH to bring rain to Manila, 4 other regions

Aug 03, 2014 - 12:00 AM

PAGASA advises the public and the disaster risk reduction and management councils to take appropriate actions

TYPHOON MOVEMENT. Typhoon Jose maintains its strength as it moves in a west northwest direction. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Worst natural disasters in the Philippines

Aug 01, 2014 - 1:33 PM

Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan in 2013 and Typhoon Pablo Bopha in 2012 appear in all 3 categories – worst in terms of number of casualties amount of damage and number of people affected

DepEd seeks P1B Quick Response Fund for 2015

Jul 23, 2014 - 10:17 AM

The Quick Response Fund is a built in budgetary allocation for agencies responding to areas affected by catastrophes and crises

Editorial Cartoon: Pasakit na blackout

Jul 21, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Pumangalawa man ang Filipinas sa mga bansa sa Asya sa bilis ng pag angat ng ekonomya noong 2013 tila naman hindi nito alam ang gagawin sa sektor ng enerhiya

Super Typhoon Rammasun hits China

Jul 18, 2014 - 10:05 PM

The super typhoon is packing winds of up to 216 km

Stars take to social media during #GlendaPH

Jul 16, 2014 - 11:40 PM

Artists such as Jessie J Anne Curtis Angel Locsin and Kris Aquino took to their social media accounts to post prayers and precautions during GlendaPH