Aquino gov’t ‘bigger disaster’ 2 years after ‘Yolanda’ – Anakbayan

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A militant group has slammed the administration of President Benigno Aquino III for supposedly being the “bigger disaster” two years after super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) pummeled the Visayas and claimed thousands of lives. In a...

Tropical Storm Linfa brings floods in northern Luzon

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – Floods inundated towns in the northern Philippines as Tropical Storm Linfa struck the northern edge of the archipelago, where relief agencies were braced for disaster on Sunday. The region’s civil defense chief Chito Castro said that at least 11...

‘Stronger’ storms feared as dry spell forecast in PHL

Manila, Philippines |AFP|  – The disaster-haunted Philippines is likely to be hit by stronger typhoons this year as warming ocean surfaces contribute to a dry spell, the state weather service warned Wednesday. The Asian archipelago, whipped by about 20 typhoons and storms each...

Lacson wants rehab mandate transferred to NDRRMC

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) Panfilo Lacson said he is now in the process of transferring his office’s mandate to a permanent agency such as the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). In a statement,...

NDRRMC apologizes for no text blast during Ruby

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) apologized for not sending out via text messages the impending disaster from “Ruby”. NDRRMC Executive Director Alexander Pama said: “We did not forget the law about providing for this. We...

Gov’t aiming for zero tents in Yolanda-hit areas by end of Nov

MANILA (Mabuhay) — No more survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” living in tents. That is the objective, according to Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, as construction of houses in Yolanda-hit areas continues. Soliman said around 500 families will be...

UN prepares response to Glenda havoc

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said it is ready to help amid the disaster left by typhoon Glenda (Rammasun). In a statement, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Luiza Carvalho said: “We are in close communication...

Pinay reporter wins AFP’s Kate Webb Prize

MANILA (AFP) – Multimedia journalist Patricia Evangelista has won the Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize for her compelling reporting on conflict and disaster in her native Philippines, AFP announced Friday. The award recognizes exceptional journalism in dangerous or difficult...

Fiberglass ‘bangkang pinoy’ for Yolanda-hit areas launched

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Agriculture officials this week launched new fiberglass bancas for fishermen in areas hit by super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), as part of efforts to help them recover from the disaster. Dubbed “Bangkang Pinoy,” the fiberglass vessels were launched at Manila Bay....

Aquino says ‘inclusiveness’ remains government’s guiding principle in efforts to help typhoon survivors

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday said “inclusiveness” will remain as government’s guiding principle in its efforts to help the survivors of super Typhoon “Yolanda” recover from the disaster. President Aquino witnessed the signing of the memorandum...