Binay, Marcos blast DSWD’s Soliman over spoiled, dumped rice

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Vice President Jejomar Binay has expressed outrage over the admission of Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman that hundreds of food packs and sacks of rice were spoiled and dumped in Dagami, Leyte. “Such act borders on criminal neglect. Thousands of...

Christmas Season heightens benevolence

The Christmas season has one particular feature that highlights its significance in the midst of gross commercialism that characterizes its observance. To some, the religious flavor of the One who gave us his life as the supreme gift to save mankind from eternal damnation and...

130,000 families still in makeshift tents in Tacloban

In November of 2013, a powerful typhoon devastated large sections of Eastern Visayas region, particularly the province of Leyte, killing an estimated 6000 people and washed away the homes of more than 200, 000 families. Despite a P75 billion fund approved last year by Congress...

Love for Tacloban Fundraiser in Whittier reaches out

A little over a year after the devastating visit of Supertyphoon Yolanda, Tacloban City slowly rises up from the ashes of destruction like the proverbial phoenix. The typhoon’s hort visit left behind a toll of destruction never experienced before in such magnitude and one that...

OC Fil-Am Chamber, Tacloban execs, GMA Foundation in fundraiser

More than a year after Super Typhoon Yolanda unleashed her fury on residents of coastal towns along its path in the Visayan area of the Philippines, many victims still grapple with the reality of not being able to return to normal living. Dozens of countries and well-meaning...

Party-list solon urges Congress to establish evacuation center in every town and city

MANILA (PNA) – Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares called on Congress on Monday to fast-track the passage of his House Bill No. 3648 or the Evacuation Center Act, saying that “with strong typhoons like ‘Yolanda’ and ‘Ruby’ becoming the norm due to climate change, we should...

Nations’ response during calamities reveals deep-seated charitable culture

Still dazed after a year since Super Typhoon Yolanda  delivered a devastating wallop never been experience in the history of the Philippines, now comes another foreboding calamity represented by Typhoon Ruby with at least nine provinces in the Visayas are expected to reel from...

Cebu prelate seeks continued support for Yolanda victims

MANILA, Nov 7 (Mabuhay) — A senior Catholic Church official is seeking continued assistance for victims of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) even after activities marking the first anniversary of the calamity are over. Cebu Archbishop and former Catholic Bishops’...

Aquino gets DAP-like powers in 2015 budget

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Aquino’s proposal for a 2.6 trillion-peso national budget in 2015 gives him powers akin to what he exercised under the unconstitutional disbursement acceleration program (DAP), a lawmaker said Wednesday. Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares grilled Budget...

PHL among happiest countries in the world – Gallup poll

The series of disasters that shook the county in 2013 were described as “successive and overlapping” and left billions of dollars in damages and thousands of families  grieving because of the loss of loved ones. Typhoon Yolanda, easily the most disastrous calamity of the year,...