reconstruction - updates

Rappler's latest stories on reconstruction


EBRD sounds warning for virus-hit emerging economies

May 13, 2020 - 2:00 PM

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development warns that 'longer-term economic, political, and social effects' could deepen the painful downturn

EASING RESTRICTIONS. People walk on the waterfront of Thessaloniki, Greece, on May 1, 2020, after a month of banned access to the promenade. Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

Gov't treating Marawi residents ‘like we don't matter’ – civic group

Nov 08, 2019 - 7:31 PM

'We feel that we, the youth, are only being used for photo opportunities,' says a member of the Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch, citing a mismatch in government action and what residents need

Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch

Afghan military could pose threat to country if aid ends – U.S. report

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:34 AM

'Without financial support, the government of Afghanistan cannot survive,' says a report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Afghan security personnel stand guard near the site of an attack near the Marshal Fahim Military Academy base in Kabul on January 29, 2018. Gunmen launched a pre-dawn attack on a military academy in Kabul on January 29, security officials and sources told AFP, in an ongoing assault that marks the latest violence to strike the Afghan capital. / AFP PHOTO / WAKIL KOHSAR

Japan signs P41-M assistance to 5 local government projects

Mar 22, 2019 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) The projects will benefit communities in Aurora, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao

SUPPORTING DEVELOPMENT. The Japanese ambassador to the Philippines, Koji Haneda, says the grants should help improve the living conditions of vulnerable sectors. Photo courtesy of the Embassy of Japan-Press

A painful homecoming for Marawi evacuees

Apr 06, 2018 - 1:02 PM

'We were hoping for something better, but now the reality just hit us. This is really sad, but this is life,' says Muktar Usman Apon as he gathered scrap metal and other items in their destroyed home that they can sell to the junkyard

TEARFUL HOMECOMING. Haj Mohaymen Ampuan can only cry in despair as he sees his home for the first time since the Marawi war broke out on May 23, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Donors pledge $30B for Iraq reconstruction at Kuwait conference

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:41 AM

76 countries, numerous international funds and global organizations and hundreds of investors have made pledges

PICKING UP THE PIECES. A general view taken on February 14, 2018 shows Iraqis reconstructing a damaged street in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Ahmad Muwafaq/AFP

[OPINION] Marawi and imperial Manila

Nov 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Experts may have the noblest intention of helping Marawi. But without listening to its people – in particular the poor – they inflict technocratic violence.

Shrinking US presence in Afghanistan creates security concerns – report

Apr 29, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Since local Afghan National Defense and Security Forces assumed responsibility for their country s security taking over from NATO forces at the start of 2015 US troop numbers have dropped to 9 800

US FORCES. In this file photo, New Commander of Resolute Support forces and United States forces in Afghanistan, US Army General John Nicholson (C) attend during a change of command ceremony in Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2, 2016.  File photo by Rahmat Gul/EPA

A 'green revolution' that may save Filipino coconut farmers

Jan 26, 2016 - 6:53 PM

Coconut farmers in Quezon experiment with agroforestry and intercropping strategies that may help them survive typhoons drought and pests

NEW, OLD WAY. Coconut farmer Rizal Marjes now plants over 10 types of crops in what used to be just a coconut farm. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Native PH veggies making a comeback in Cavite schools

Jan 19, 2016 - 2:25 PM

Philippine crops like kundol sulasi and kulitis are finding their way into students meals

COMING BACK. Kundol seeds and a kundol gourd can be found in the Crop Museum

Japan pledges $2B loan for North-South commuter rail project

Aug 06, 2015 - 9:30 PM

This is the largest loan package of the Japanese government to a development partner says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

ROBUST RELATIONS. The ODA package is firm testament to the robust bilateral relations between the Philippines and Japan, says Communications Secretary Coloma

Recovering from Yolanda: Gains, missed chances, opportunities

Nov 08, 2014 - 7:15 AM

In the next year let s consolidate the gains not miss chances and realize all the opportunities for recovery Our countrymen in the Visayas deserve that

Science to the rescue of art

Sep 14, 2014 - 12:36 PM

Some of our most treasured paintings are fading warn experts who would like more money for the use of sophisticated technology to capture the masters original palettes

In this file photo, people look at Edvard Munch's "The Scream," which went on display in Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). The Norwegian artist's most famous motif, and one of the world's most iconic paintings, sold for nearly $120 million at Sotheby's auction house in May 2012 and is the only one of four versions that is in private hands. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Zamboanga City: Ground Zero a year after

Sep 07, 2014 - 12:33 PM

Residents have yet to rebuild their lives one year after the bloody siege of Zamboanga City

Call for applicants: British Council’s ideation camp

Aug 27, 2014 - 7:43 PM

The Camp aims to bring together young people from ages 18 30 who would like to explore their creative side while offering a space to exchange foster thinking and collaboration about groundbreaking social innovation through social enterprise

Funding for Cebu Bus Rapid Transit system approved

Aug 27, 2014 - 6:58 PM

The BRT which is set to roll out this year will be funded through loans from various international agencies

Shining a spotlight on multi-billion waste in Afghanistan

Jul 25, 2014 - 12:28 PM

A lot of the money s been spent wisely but a lot has not It s probably billions of dollars that have been wasted independent watchdog John Sopko says

SOPKO. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko speaks during an interview with Agence France-Presse on July 24, 2014 at his office in Arlington, Virginia. Mandel Ngan/AFP

US, EU stiffen sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

Jul 17, 2014 - 7:35 AM

The American package of sanctions packs the most punch and draws an angry threat of serious retaliation from Moscow

HIT. The Rosneft company logo is seen at a petrol station in Moscow, Russia, 24 October 2012. Sergey Ilnitsky/EPA

World Bank Group endorses new partnership strategy for PH

Jun 13, 2014 - 4:21 PM

The Country Partnership Strategy will focus on the Philippines’ goal of inclusive growth

Feeding the mind and body

May 26, 2014 - 10:55 AM

An International Rice Research Institute program aims to teach young schoolchildren the importance of nutrition and food security

FOR STARTERS. Seeds were given to select schools in order to give them a headstart. Photo by Adrienne Villaruel/Rappler

PH lists 'zero' Haiyan aid from 9 donor-countries

Mar 21, 2014 - 9:37 AM

The FAITH hub can track foreign aid coursed through government agencies only but some donor countries have informed government the site is not updated

EXPERT CARE. A Canadian medic checks on a child in an evacuation center outside of Roxas City, Capiz. Photo from the Canadian Embassy in Manila.

Indonesian rehab czar: Give Lacson more powers

Mar 17, 2014 - 3:16 PM

Otherwise Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo Lacson ends up as a CEO without a budget an expert says

Yolanda recovery: Crossing borders through civic action

Mar 13, 2014 - 3:57 PM

This conference highlights the emergency relief activities in the disaster hit areas and discussed the future reconstruction activities in the Philippines

Build me a face in 3D: British man's life 'transformed'

Mar 12, 2014 - 11:45 PM

A British man who suffered horrific facial injuries in a motorbike accident has had pioneering surgery to rebuild his face using 3D printed parts

RECONSRTUCTED. A combination of undated handout images released by ABMU Health Board shows a portrait of British man Stephen Power (L) before having facial reconstruction surgery following a motorcycle accident and then after the surgery (R) that rebuilt his face using 3D printed parts at the Morriston Hospital in Swansea. Photo from AFP.

Japan marks 3rd anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster

Mar 11, 2014 - 7:18 AM

Remembrance ceremonies will be held in towns and cities around the disaster zone and in the capital Tokyo

REMEMBERING. Divers of a Japanese Coast Guard marine rescue unit observe a moment of silence before they search waters in the hope of finding missing persons at Tsukahama in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 10, 2014, a day before the third anniversary of March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Gov't to improve foreign aid tracking site

Mar 10, 2014 - 6:45 PM

The updated version aims not just to track aid received by the government but also to show where the money from multilateral organizations goes

PH to world: Fulfill Haiyan pledges

Mar 04, 2014 - 8:59 PM

Nearly 4 months after the super typhoon the Philippines gets only a fifth of the money that the world promised

MORE POWERS? Rehabilitation Czar Panfilo Lacson says his lack of powers in his new job makes the task harder. Photo by Robert Viñas/Malacañang Photo Bureau

After Yolanda: A tale of two Jennylyns

Feb 28, 2014 - 10:01 PM

Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan strive to get back on their feet one day at a time Here is a story of two women coping differently

CRAMPED. The bunkhouses where Yolanda victims are cramped and close together, making normal activities difficult. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez

In Yolanda bunkhouses, sex is hard to do

Feb 26, 2014 - 7:33 PM

Sex is only one of the many things that Super Typhoon Yolanda victims find difficult to do making their transition back to their normal lives all the more harder

CRAMPED. The bunkhouses where Yolanda victims are cramped and close together, making normal activities difficult. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez

PH to grow above 6% until 2015 –UN report

Jan 21, 2014 - 12:28 PM

Reconstruction efforts in typhoon stricken areas will help spur growth

STAYING STRONG. UN releases a report projecting robust growth for the Philippines until 2015

Singson: I will resign if bunkhouses are overpriced

Jan 06, 2014 - 1:57 PM

The public works secretary says politics may be involved in reports of overpricing but admits some bunkhouses may be substandard

REBUILDING TACLOBAN. The Department of Public Works and Highways is working to complete 222 bunkhouses for Yolanda victims and denies reports of overpricing. Photo by Rappler

A RAY of hope for Yolanda survivors?

Dec 23, 2013 - 6:15 PM

Here are 5 steps in which the RAY Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda plan can be improved

Yolanda recovery: We have plans, where's the money?

Dec 17, 2013 - 10:22 AM

One Leyte mayor says he has the plans but doesn t know where to get money for his town s rehabilitation plans

PLAY SPACE. Children play amongst the debris on the beach where their village once stood before it was destroyed by typhoon Haiyan, Dulag, Leyte (20 November 2013). Photo by Jonathan Hyams/Save the Children

Aquino on Yolanda rehab: 'Build back better'

Dec 13, 2013 - 3:58 PM

The full Recovery and Reconstruction Plan aimed at a higher degree of disaster resilience is expected to be unveiled next week

BUILD BACK BETTER. President Benigno Aquino III told the Filipino community in Japan the government's rehabilitation plan after Super Typhoon Yolanda will take on a build back better approach. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Decent service jobs 'priority' in Yolanda areas

Dec 02, 2013 - 12:20 PM

ILO says decent and sustainable work will speed up the recovery process because of the so called multiplier effect

STILL UNREPAIRED. The house of Arnel Ancuna in Ajuy, northern Iloilo, is still unrepaired 19 days after Yolanda. Arnel takes on jobs repairing their neighbors' houses to earn a living. Shown in the photo is his son Lloyd Ancuna, 5 years old. Emmanuel Lerona of Typhoon Yolanda Story Hub Visayas

Yolanda death toll up at 5,632 – NDRRMC

Nov 30, 2013 - 2:46 PM

After 3 weeks over 1 700 are still missing Government says post disaster response will focus on reconstruction and rehabilitation

MASS BURIAL. A view of a mass grave outside a Catholic church in the super typhoon-devastated city of Palo, Leyte province, Philippines. Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

More areas identified for temporary housing in Tacloban

Nov 28, 2013 - 3:22 PM

About 3 5 hectares of land in Tacloban City have been identified for the temporary resettlement of families left homeless by Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan

REBUILDING. Residents rebuild their homes twelve days after Typhoon Yolanda hit the town of Palo, Leyte. Photo by Jake Verzosa

UN: Prioritize power after Haiyan

Nov 23, 2013 - 8:59 PM

Why electricity? Think of the vaccines that need to be stored food that has to be preserved and women and children whom lights will keep safe says UN coordinator Luiza Carvalho

NO ELECTRICITY. Residents walk through debris and toppled power lines in Tacloban City, Leyte. AFP/Ted Aljibe

World Bank doubles emergency loan for PH reconstruction

Nov 23, 2013 - 1:26 AM

The World Bank offers 480 million in addition to the 500 million emergency loan announced last Monday

FUNDS NEEDED. The extent of damage brought about by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) left the country struggling with various budgetary implications. Photo by EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

PH struggles with funds after Haiyan

Nov 22, 2013 - 2:10 PM

The Palace braces for perhaps the biggest reconstruction after World War II

DIFFICULT LIVES. Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) destroys this coastal barangay in Tacloban City, Leyte. Photo by Vincent Go

'Unconditional' cash for Haiyan survivors

Nov 21, 2013 - 3:39 PM

The unconditional cash transfer program aims to help the poorest typhoon survivors

NEDA begins drafting post-Haiyan rehab plan

Nov 19, 2013 - 5:09 PM

NEDA issues a memorandum calling for government agencies to appoint representatives to a task force in charge of recovery and reconstruction efforts in Visayas

TASK FORCE. NEDA urges government agencies to appoint representatives to the inter-agency task force that will craft the rehabilitation plan for Visayas. Photo by Rappler/Jake Verzosa

No more self-pity: Salceda suggests 5 steps to rebuilding

Nov 19, 2013 - 4:44 PM

In the aftermath of Yolanda how do we build a new Waray Nation? Suggestions from an economist turned governor of a most disaster prepared province

NEW WARAY NATION. Albay Governor Joey Salceda says focus now should be on rebuilding typhoon-hit areas. Photo by Rappler/KD Suarez

$1-B loan pledges for post-Haiyan rebuilding

Nov 18, 2013 - 5:03 PM

The Philippines receives loan pledges totaling 1B as World Bank matches an Asian Development Bank offer

FUNDS FOR REBUILDING. Government eyes soft loans from multilateral agencies to finance the rebuilding of badly hit areas in Visayas. Philippe Lopez/AFP photo

Lessons: How Indonesians dealt with their own tsunami tragedy

Nov 16, 2013 - 6:24 PM

What s next after relief operations? Rebuilding what was lost

YOLANDA'S WRATH. Authorities have yet to assess the extent of damage caused by Yolanda, but journalists on the ground say they've seen "possibly thousands of dead" in Tacloban city. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Bohol's newfound fault: What's in a name?

Oct 31, 2013 - 7:30 AM

The newly discovered fault shows the potential of becoming an attraction for tourists students of nature and geology and disaster preparedness advocates

Audit raps USAID for wasting almost $50-M in Afghanistan

Jul 29, 2013 - 9:42 PM

A watchdog body criticized USAID for spending nearly US 50 M on programs in Afghanistan that had failed to improve stability

Palparan partylist group, 3 others get SC reprieve

Dec 05, 2012 - 7:38 PM

The SC has previously stopped Comelec from disqualifying 8 other partylist groups


SC stops Comelec from disqualifying 3 more party-list groups

Nov 22, 2012 - 7:39 PM

The SC says 3 other party list groups are covered by its status quo ante order