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Eastern Samar town mayor suspended for 90 days over graft case

Dec 08, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Guiuan Mayor Annaliza Gonzales Kwan faces a graft case over the purchase of a fire truck without public bidding in 2007

SUSPENDED. Guiuan, Eastern Samar Mayor Annaliza Gonzales Kwan is suspended by Sandiganbayan over a 2017 graft case. Photo from Gonzales Kwan's Facebook page

OCD commemorates Yolanda with disaster risk reduction conference in Samar

Nov 09, 2019 - 8:12 PM

'The goal shall always be zero casualty,' Interagency Task Force Yolanda Chair and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles told participants of the DRRM conference

DISASTER RISK REDUCTION. Six years since Yolanda's onslaught, the Office of Civil Defense holds a Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Eastern Samar on Saturday, November 9. Photo from Office of Civil Defense

IN PHOTOS: 280 families in Guiuan evacuate ahead of Urduja landfall

Dec 15, 2017 - 12:53 AM

'Food in evacuation centers are ready. Keep praying, and we’re hoping for zero casualty', says Guiuan Mayor Christopher Sheen Gonzales as his town braces for the arrival of the storm

 Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

LOOK: PH, US soldiers build classrooms in Guiuan

May 02, 2017 - 1:28 PM

The school building which doubles as an evacuation center is among the community infrastructure projects being undertaken by Philippine and US soldiers in line with the 33rd Balikatan

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

DENR to suspend 2 mining companies in Eastern Samar

Aug 11, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says even with the ongoing audit she has not yet seen a model of responsible mining

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

Disaster-resilient evacuation center rises in Guiuan, E. Samar

Apr 26, 2016 - 9:59 AM

The community evacuation center is the first in a network of similar disaster resilient facilities in Eastern Samar

Image courtesy UNICEF / IOM

Eastern Visayas officials penalized for fake receipts, bid documents

Feb 15, 2016 - 3:38 PM

One is found selling fake attendance certificates at the Philippine Councilors League meeting 6 have authorized the purchase of a truck without bidding

Guiuan complied with disaster fund audit demands – officials

Jun 25, 2015 - 5:38 PM

Contrary to the findings of state auditors Guiuan officials say the town which was badly hit by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 has submitted a report on how it spent its local disaster funds

WHERE DID IT GO? The Commission on Audit wants Guiuan officials to expenses from the local disaster fund that are unaccounted for. EPA file photo

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Jun 22, 2015 - 12:26 PM

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COA questions Guiuan's P1.148 M disaster fund expenses

Jun 21, 2015 - 7:27 PM

Municipal officials in the town badly hit by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 may face sanctions for failing to submit documents explaining how the local disaster fund was used

WHERE DID IT GO? The Commission on Audit wants Guiuan officials to expenses from the local disaster fund that are unaccounted for. EPA file photo

IN PHOTOS: The life of White Russian refugees in PH

Jun 20, 2015 - 10:13 AM

Rappler posts never before seen photos of the anti communist so called White Russian refugees the Philippines welcomed into Guiuan Eastern Samar in the 1950s

TEMPORARY HOME. The so-called White Russian refugees made Guiuan, Eastern Samar their home for two to 3 years. Photo by the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco, USA

PH a 'paradise' for grateful White Russian refugees

Jun 20, 2015 - 8:36 AM

On World Refugee Day the UN refugee agency and the Quirino Foundation recall the Philippines proud history as a refugee haven

'A BREATHER.' Anti-communist White Russian refugees stayed in Guiuan, Eastern Samar in the 1950s where they found 'a paradise, a beach and hope.' Photo by Sushkoff, courtesy of the Quirino Foundation

Bearing the cost of climate adaptation: Hollande's historic opportunity

Mar 02, 2015 - 12:21 PM

How much does it really cost to adapt to climate change in the Philippines? After 2 3 years of working with local governments and vulnerable communities in Mindanao we now have an answer

France's Hollande visits typhoon-devastated Guiuan

Feb 27, 2015 - 11:17 PM

Hollywood stars Marion Cotillard and Melanie Laurent as well as Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I traveled with him to Guiuan

Philippines: Poster child for Paris climate talks?

Feb 25, 2015 - 10:02 AM

President Benigno Aquino III and his French counterpart François Hollande are expected to initiate a call in Manila for other countries to sign a climate deal in December 2015

Hollywood actors to join French president in PH visit

Feb 18, 2015 - 4:53 PM

Oscar winning actors Jeremy Irons and Marion Cotillard will join French President Francois Hollande s Philippine visit from February 26 to 27 which includes a trip to Guiuan in Eastern Samar

VISITING THE PH. This is a file photo of France's President Francois Hollande during a New Year ceremony in Paris. Photo by Jacques Brinon/EPA

In Ruby-hit areas, caves turn into evacuation centers

Dec 07, 2014 - 7:00 AM

Millions of others seek shelter in churches schools and other makeshift evacuation centers as Ruby batters the Philippines

'EVACUATION CENTERS.' Residents affected by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) set up tents and temporary sleeping areas in the Sikob Cave in Sulangan, Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Photo by Ecleo Tan/Rappler

Aquino slams critics of Yolanda rehab

Nov 07, 2014 - 4:47 PM

President Benigno Aquino III also defends his decision to mark the first year of the Yolanda tragedy in Guiuan and not in Tacloban

REBUILDING, President Benigno Aquino III says the government is working towards building back better. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino skips Tacloban on Yolanda anniversary

Nov 06, 2014 - 5:33 PM

President Benigno Aquino III chooses to instead visit Guiuan in Eastern Samar because he has limited time

7 ships still stranded in Yolanda areas a year later

Nov 05, 2014 - 7:06 PM

Families in Tacloban City and Guiuan town have built shanties around the commercial vessels demanding compensation from companies that need to remove their ships

REMEMBERING THE DEAD. Catholic priests hold Mass for those who died during the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City’s Anibong district. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

After world aid, gov’t must scale up Yolanda rehab

Nov 04, 2014 - 8:41 PM

International experts from Manila New York and Geneva tell Rappler the government must give displaced survivors dignified temporary shelters while working out long term settlement and policy issues

Yolanda a year after: Few LGUs asking for multi-hazard maps

Oct 28, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Few local government units taking advantage of scientific data on disaster preparedness could undermine the government s goal of building back better after Yolanda

#TalkThursday: Post-Haiyan international aid

Sep 18, 2014 - 4:28 PM

Rappler talks to Bradley Mellicker head of IOM s sub office in Tacloban and Guiuan and Sean Ng director of the Haiyan Response Program at World Vision about their work in the aftermath of Haiyan

Crowdfunding helps Yolanda-hit Banago weavers

Sep 15, 2014 - 12:41 PM

A Kickstarter campaign is helping a community of artisan weavers in Guiuan and Eastern Samar rebuild their dreams after Typhoon Yolanda

Guiuan students optimistic despite intense challenges

Aug 13, 2014 - 6:00 AM

Life goes on for the students in Guiuan who are struggling to continue their studies despite limited facilities and resources

Rebuilding the lives of 4Ps families after Yolanda

Aug 07, 2014 - 6:51 PM

The unconditional cash transfer of DSWD and Unicef will cover recovery needs of victims

LONG LINES. Residents of Guiuan, Eastern Samar endure long lines for 4Ps and UCT pay-out.

Yolanda memories still fresh in minds of Guiuan mothers

Aug 02, 2014 - 1:50 PM

Residents of the small fishing town in Eastern Samar are still struggling to recover

STILL SMILING. Alma Carisiosa of Barangay Victory Island is still optimistic that they'll pull through the darkest times of their lives.

Rappler reporter wins Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize

Jul 04, 2014 - 4:43 PM

Patricia Evangelista s moving video and text storytelling from her coverage of the Zamboanga crisis and Typhoon Haiyan stood out in a strong field of contenders for the prize

PATRICIA EVANGELISTA while on coverage in Tacloban City after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) devasted Eastern Visayas in the Philippines. Photo by Jake Verzosa

Rappler wins best short film in Asian disaster conference

Jun 26, 2014 - 4:08 PM

Rappler s Patricia Evangelista takes home the prize for best short film at the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction AMCDRR in Bangkok

Displaced in La Isla Bonita

May 17, 2014 - 4:21 PM

A tale of storm survivors struggling to survive a different storm

After Yolanda: When 'no dwelling zones' are home

May 14, 2014 - 8:30 AM

Survivors of Typhoon Yolanda face another round of danger: homelessness loss of livelihood and a deeper plunge into poverty

File photo by Rappler

Alive in Guiuan

May 08, 2014 - 3:39 PM

Maika Echeveri 14 lost all the members of her family in Victory Island during the typhoon She is alive because she was in Guiuan attending high school

Her name was Yolanda

May 08, 2014 - 8:00 AM

She leaves behind painful images of devastation and inspiring portraits of hope

Songs of hope for Guiuan, from Guiuan

Mar 15, 2014 - 11:16 PM

On a bright Saturday morning Manila based artists and homegrown talents sing songs of hope and healing in Guiuan Eastern Samar

AFTER YOLANDA. Guiuan locals gather at the town plaza for a concert featuring Manila and Guiuan-based artists. All photos by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Armless pilot Jessica Cox raises funds for PWD typhoon victims

Feb 27, 2014 - 10:14 PM

Jessica Cox the first licensed pilot in the world with no arms shows how people living with disabilities can overcome their limitations

Jessica Cox: Journey to Guiuan

Feb 27, 2014 - 10:57 AM

Armless pilot Jessica Cox returns to her mother s province Eastern Samar which was devastated by Haiyan

Armless pilot Jessica Cox: ‘It is truly a gift to be different’

Feb 25, 2014 - 7:39 PM

Jessica Cox the world s first armless pilot is in the Philippines to raise funds and help inspire other PWDs

Armless pilot Jessica Cox in PH to help PWDs in Haiyan areas

Feb 24, 2014 - 10:32 PM

Jessica Cox returns to the Philippines for a 2 1 2 week visit

PHOTO OP. Jessica Cox and husband Patrick Chamberlain receive the media at NAIA Terminal 1. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Radyo Bakdaw: Airwaves aid in disaster relief

Feb 19, 2014 - 2:15 PM

A humanitarian group set up an emergency radio station in Guiuan Eastern Samar to comfort the survivors and provide life saving information

LAST STANDING. After Typhoon Yolanda, Radyo Bakdaw is the only running radio station in Guian. All photos contributed by Ana. P. Santos

The long road to recovery

Feb 18, 2014 - 9:50 PM

Guiuan was one of the hardest hit areas when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines last year 100 days after locals start to revive sources of livelihood

After Yolanda: A piece of good news from Guiuan

Feb 15, 2014 - 11:30 AM

The environment tied closely to the livelihoods of fishermen and farmers is springing back to life after the typhoon

MANGROVES AND FISHERMEN. Healthy mangroves help fisherman by providing habitat, feeding grounds and mating grounds for different types of fish. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Solar panels bring hope to Haiyan-hit Guiuan

Feb 12, 2014 - 10:44 PM

Three months after super typhoon Yolanda or Haiyan residents of an island in Samar receive a gift of hope to power up their hard hit community

Throwing a party to bring kids back to school in Guiuan

Feb 11, 2014 - 3:39 PM

Starting February 12 an elementary school in the Yolanda hit town will feed children for free every day to entice them to return to school

LEARNING IN THE REHAB ZONE. Kindergarten students of Guiuan East Central Elementary School attend classes in a UNICEF tent. All photos by Andrew Robles

Importance of tech response during disasters

Feb 04, 2014 - 8:52 PM

When power and communication lines are destroyed and the connection to the outside world is lost – as was the case with Typhoon Yolanda the need for technical response is vital

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS. WFP's Praveen Agrawal and Ericsson's Ellie Hanna, Rima Qureshi, and Brent Carbno discuss the importance of providing technical assistance during disasters.Photo by Sheila Rada

US donor focusing on Guiuan for Yolanda rehabilitation

Feb 02, 2014 - 7:55 PM

Give2Asia has raised 1 5 million for long term recovery efforts through corporate contributions and crowdfunding campaigns for Yolanda victims

DEVASTATION. A Filipino father walks with his children in front of makeshift homes in the Yolanda-devastated village of Pagnamitan, Island of Calicuan, Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Photo from EPA/ Dennis Sabangan

Tent clinics in Guiuan

Jan 26, 2014 - 2:28 PM

The United Nations Population Fund estimates that some 200 000 pregnant women will need maternal and newborn healthcare services post Yolanda

MEDICAL ATTENTION. Women from Guiuan line up for health services. Photo from Ana Santos/Rappler

PLDT, Razon group to lead Tacloban rehab

Jan 24, 2014 - 6:23 PM

The government promises them business potential in areas rehabilitated after Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan

New storm wrecks Yolanda victims' shelters

Jan 20, 2014 - 7:25 PM

More than 1 000 Yolanda survivors in Guiuan Eastern Samar flee to government buildings as Agaton flattened tents ripped the roofing off temporary shelters

SHELTER NEEDED. Makeshift shelters such as these in Guiuan, Eastern Samar didn't stand a chance against torrential rains from Tropical Depressing Agaton and the low pressure area. November 11 file photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

What women of Eastern Samar value in time of great need

Jan 03, 2014 - 2:17 PM

In barangays they are given women friendly spaces where they can meet discuss problems make plans – even dance

Sylvia Claudio