Gov’t-mandated ‘coastal greenbelts’ eyed to protect typhoon-prone areas

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A lawmaker from Bicol – one of the provinces hardest and most often hit by typhoons – is recommending the creation of mangrove buffer zones along vulnerable coastlines. With several typhoons affecting the country each year, a greenbelt of mangroves and beach...

Floods ease but ‘Lando’ death toll hits 47

MANILA, Oct 21 (Mabuhay) — Widespread flooding in the Philippines caused by a powerful typhoon eased on Wednesday but the storm’s death toll climbed to 47 and tens of thousands of people remained in evacuation centers. As the weather improved three days after the...

Grace Poe: Kasama niyo po ako

SOUTH COTABATO (Mabuhay) – Senator Grace Poe assured the public she is one with the country in forging a better future for the nation as she addressed the people of South Cotabato during the 16th T’nalak Festival and the 49th anniversary of the province. “Nagmula po sa isang...

Pinoys’ faith caught Pope’s attention even before Yolanda, says Jesuit researcher

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Filipinos’ Catholic faith may have drawn Pope Francis to visit the country even before the Bohol earthquake and super typhoon Yolanda, a seminarian researching on his life said Wednesday. Bro. Joseph Zaldivar of the San Jose Seminary in Ateneo de Manila...

PHL to send medical resources to Ebola-stricken West Africa: Aquino

BEIJING, China (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III said the Philippines will send medical resources in support of the global effort to help nations overwhelmed by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. President Aquino conveyed this Tuesday evening during a chat with...

Bill proposes ‘Day of Rising’ to celebrate ‘bayanihan’ spirit

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – A bill has been filed in the House of Representatives to declare November 8 the “Day of Rising” to commemorate the Filipino “Bayanihan” or community spirit in the wake of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” last year. Oriental Mindoro Representative Salvador Leachon...

UK warns of Mayon’s ‘eruption risk’, cites PHL’s limited capacity to deal with disasters

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The United Kingdom on Tuesday cautioned its nationals on the threat of a possible eruption from Mayon Volcano, after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert level in the area to “3.” In an update to its travel...

President Aquino thanks Spain Prime Minister Rajoy for disaster aid

MADRID, Spain (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III has expressed gratitude to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for consistently providing help to the Philippines in times of crisis, especially during natural disasters. In their bilateral meeting at the Palacio de la...

Batino says: EDCA to enhance Filipino military capability

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino said on Tuesday the recently signed Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States will boost the capability of the Filipino military in dealing with aggressive...

RP-US 10-year EDCA addresses need for cooperation

A 10-year agreement now known as Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) signed to give the U.S. military greater access to Philippine bases  is perceived to help promote peace and stability in the region amid high hopes that China’s dominant power “will allow its neighbors...