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Gov't monitors entry of possible strong typhoon

Thu, 2014-04-03 23:20
MANILA, Philippines – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is monitoring a tropical depression east of Palau that may intensify into a strong typhoon likely to hit vulnerable areas in the Philippines next week. Based on its current trajectory, the weather disturbance ...

DSWD preparing for rainy season

Thu, 2014-04-03 12:16
Manila, Philippines --- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has seriously learned its lesson from the disasters it has faced over time, especially from the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda. Barely five months after the super typhoon struck the country, DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman said the agency is already preparing for the coming rainy season. “We have learned a lot ...

Philippines Struggles to Account for Millions in Foreign Typhoon Aid

Thu, 2014-04-03 06:33
After super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines last November, foreign governments and aid groups pledged some $600 million in cash and assistance for the relief and recovery effort. Now, the Philippine government says it can only account for some $14.3 million of the donations. The government is working to create an improved tracking system to find out where the money went. Right now the ...

Philippines, Singapore strengthen defense ties

Thu, 2014-04-03 04:32
MANILA, Philippines – As Manila continues to challenge Beijing and defend its claim over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), President Benigno Aquino III and Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam agreed on further strengthening their defense and security cooperation. The two leaders, however, did not specifically discuss ...

Former drug dependents join Yolanda relief efforts

Thu, 2014-04-03 02:23
MANILA, Philippines—It’s their turn to do a heavenly deed.   After being moved by the devastation of Super Typhoon “Yolanda,” about 40 former drug users have pooled their resources to rebuild 89 houses in Leyte.   In a report on the news website of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, the members of the group are still under a rehabilitation program at the Fazenda da Esperanca, a ...

Singapore-Philippines relations underpinned by strong people-to-people ties

Thu, 2014-04-03 02:14
President Tony Tan Keng Yam, who is on a four-day state visit to the Philippines, highlighted the role that Singaporeans and Filipinos play when they visit, work, or live in their host country.

Honoring the heroes of Haiyan

Wed, 2014-04-02 23:57
MANILA, Philippines – More than five months have passed since the Philippines experienced the world's worst typhoon in history. Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) left the country bowed but not beaten. As we celebrate Heroes' Day or Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9, MovePH pays tribute to some of ...

Expert: The next super typhoon could hit Bicol

Wed, 2014-04-02 08:02
Bicol, you have been warned.The German Development Cooperation's (GIZ) chief advisor on disaster risk management Olaf Neussner said that the next time a super typhoon as strong as Yolanda reaches the Philippines, it could hit Bicol and other areas on the country's east coast.

Singapore president in Manila for 4-day visit

Wed, 2014-04-02 05:50
MANILA, Philippines—Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam arrived Monday night in Manila for a four-day visit to discuss trade and defense ties with the Philippines and provide further assistance to survivors of Super Typhoon “Yolanda “ (Haiyan) in the Visayas. Tan was accompanied by his wife Mary and top Singaporean official. Tan and his state delegation on Thursday will offer a wreath at the ...

Climate change: Yeb Sano puts Philippines in focus

Wed, 2014-04-02 01:44
According to the 2013 Climate Change Vulnerability Index, the Philippines is the 9th most at risk country in the world. Its capital Manila is the city 3rd most at “extreme risk” from the impacts of climate change within the next 12 years. No one knows this more than Naderev “Yeb” M. Sano, climate change commissioner

Globe Telecom welcomes SUITS star Gabriel Macht to the Philippines for Project Wonderful

Wed, 2014-04-02 00:49
MANILA, Philippines, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sustaining its nation-building efforts under its Project Wonderful program, Globe Telecom hosted a visit for U.S. actor Gabriel Macht of the hit TV series SUITS to the Philippines to help bring to life its advocacy of rebuilding sustainable livelihood programs for typhoon Haiyan-affected families and communities. Macht, best known for his role ...

Diocese recognized for typhoon relief

Tue, 2014-04-01 16:00
The Diocese of Metuchen has been recognized for its assistance in the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines that were coordinated by Catholic Relief Services (CRS). read more

Kuwait delegation provides relief goods to ‘Yolanda’ victims

Tue, 2014-04-01 15:00
The Kuwait Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Waleed Ahman Al-Kandari has announced that the 2nd Kuwait Red Crescent Relief delegation has arrived in the country to distribute relief goods to residents of typhoon-devastated Marabut and Basay. The relief goods, contained in 10,000 family size packs, were put together in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD ...

Pupils used pedal power to create smoothies in aid of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal

Mon, 2014-03-31 06:36
DORCHESTER pupils used pedal power to create yummy smoothies in aid of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal.

Philippines disaster diary: putting a brave face on Christmas | Aaron Aspi

Sun, 2014-03-30 18:12
Forget tinsel and lights – this year, Christmas is a time of rebuilding for people in areas hit by typhoon Haiyan Around this time every year, my family home in Manila glows with lights. I still remember how special Christmas was when I was growing up. The celebrations lasted for days, catching up with loved ones and old friends. The Philippines is famous for its long Christmas period: you can ...

The Philippines is devastated as much by unfair debt as typhoon Haiyan | Tim Jones

Sun, 2014-03-30 18:03
By Christmas Eve, a country struggling with foreign loans and climate change will have spent $1bn on debts in seven weeks By Christmas Eve, the Philippines will have spent $1bn (£0.6bn) paying foreign debts in the seven weeks since typhoon Haiyan devastated much of the country. It will have spent a total of $8.4bn on foreign debt in 2013, and faces a further $8.8bn in 2014. While a little more ...

Singapore President to visit Philippines

Sun, 2014-03-30 02:14
SINGAPORE President Tony Tan Keng Yam will be in the Philippines from April 2 to 5 upon the invitation of President Benigno Aquino III. “President Tan will meet with President Aquino to discuss matters of mutual concern, including cooperative activities in...

More money for climate change: will Warsaw deliver?

Sun, 2014-03-30 01:20
Global policymakers cannot rely on the private sector to provide the finance to combat climate change; governments must lead, writes Helena Wright Following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, there have been increasing calls for more financial investment to prevent climate change. Scientists warn that climate-related disasters such as the Philippines typhoon will become more frequent and intense ...

Solons seek construction in Tacloban City of memorial for Yolanda victims (Congress of the Philippines)

Fri, 2014-03-28 19:43
(Source: Congress of the Philippines) Two lawmakers are seeking the construction in Tacloban City of a memorial for the victims of Super typhoon Yolanda. According to Bayan Muna Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Isagani Zarate, the memorial will serve as a marker in memory of the casualties of the tragedy and a reminder to the country's leaders and the people to work towards a disaster-resilient ...

No-build zones could lead to massive displacement of ‘Haiyan’ refugees, says report

Fri, 2014-03-28 09:57
WASHINGTON, DC – Tens of thousands of Filipinos affected by Typhoon Haiyan could lose their homes and livelihoods, unless a controversial government policy is changed immediately, according to a recent report by international refugee assistance group.   In its latest report, “Philippines: Typhoon Survivors Face Obstacles to Recovery,” Refugees International (RI) urges the Philippine government ...